The public library is so much more than just an old house of books, it is a place to explore, create, connect, meet, play, learn, and just be! We used to do our progams in the library, but now we are offering programming virtually, too! Our Facebook pages have short weekly activities delivered by your community librarians, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries YouTube channel has lots of entertainment from libraries all across the province!
Be sure to check your branch's Facebook page to learn about upcoming programs, both in branch and online and click on the icon below to take you directly to our YouTube page!
Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.
The readings and workshops that take place during Book Week can open a child’s eyes to the world of literature. These readings and interactions with authors, illustrators and storytellers can excite a child about literacy. Whether a child is interested in writing, drawing or telling stories aloud, Book Week inspires young imaginations, teaches children how wonderful a good book can be and encourages them to tell their own stories.
For 2022 the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries is excited to offer the following readings as part of Book Week:
Cory Silverberg: Bodies are like Books: Bodies, Identity, and Boundaries
Tuesday May 3rd at 6:30pm, virtually via the A.C. Hunter Library
Wednesday May 4th at 6:30pm, virtually via the Mount Pearl Public Library
Erin Alladin: Born Naturalists: Learning about the Natural World
Saturday May 7th at 1:30pm, virtually via the Bay Robert's Library
Screeching with Charis Cotter
Join Miss Tracey at the Carbonear Public Library for an in-person author talk with Charis Cotter! This talk is for ages 8 and up, grownups welcome. Please cal the branch to register at 596-3382.
You may have already done a storytime at the library, but if not, a storytime is a great way to spend time with family, friends, and other children in the community!
Participating in storytime at your local library will help your child get ready to read.
Library staff incorporate talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing in each session, and provide ideas and inspiration to build literacy skills at home.
Here are the different types of Storytime programs that our branches offer:
Baby Time (Children under 1 year with their caregiver)
Interactive time for babies and caregivers. Short books, rhymes, songs and more. Program is 15-20 minutes in length, a group play time is offered following the session at most sites.
Family Storytime (Children from 0-5 with their caregiver)
Thirty minutes of stories, rhymes, songs and silliness. Perfect for families with multiple children of different ages.
Tot Time (Children under 2, with their caregiver)
This 20-30 minute program is designed specifically for toddlers. We will explore picture books, rhymes, finger plays, lap rhymes, movement rhymes, felt stories and songs. Art activities are offered at some sites.
Preschool Storytime (Children ages 3-5, with their caregiver)Stories, rhymes, music, fun and friends! Art activities are offered at some sites.
Check out this Storytime from Home with Kelly! Click HERE for more storytime programs online!
We love to read, and we love to read with YOU!
Check your library's Facebook page for in-person or virtual book clubs where you can discuss the books you are reading, or a book you read as a group. It is an excellent way to make new friends and find people with similar interests to you!
Click on the images below for more information about age/language specific book club kits!
Have a peek at this specially curated list of middle grade novels chosen
by our librarians to address the lives of children and pre-teens, questions of
representation, social dynamics and the world. These books are
sure to spur lively discussions and pure reading enjoyment!
Each kit comes with discussion questions and 10 copies of the book.
Nous sommes heureux de vous offrir les trousses
de lecture jeunesse en français! Notre collection est entrain
de grandir, mais il y a quand même de livres
fantastique qui sont populaire avec les jeunes!
Chaque trousse inclue dix livres et les questions de discussion.
Graphic novels are fun to read, no matter how old you are,
and we have some fantastic books for middle grade readers in
our graphic novel collection! Each kit comes with 10 copies of
the book and discussion questions to get your conversations started!
For readers who are interested in trying out some young adult fiction,
be sure to take a peek at our book club kits for teens. With popular
YA titles and some librarian recommended ones, there is lots here to
chat about! Each kit comes with 10 copies of the book and discussion questions.
We love to make things at the library, and our libraries have access to some pretty cool maker kits like Ozobots and Beebots, Squishy Circuts and more! Some of our branches host exploratory hands-on S.T.E.A.M and maker programs for school aged kids to get the creative juices flowing!
Join Mark as he walks you through SCRATCH in a series of videos where you can learn to code your own video game! Click HERE for more Scratch programs!
The TD Summer Reading Club is our biggest annual kids event! It starts mid-June and goes until the end of August!
*Click on the reading octopus to learn more about our online club, our programming
and the TD Summer Reading experience!*
*Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries are determined to keep you safe during Covid-19. We have a number of protocols in place to ensure the continued safety of all staff and community members. Please check with your library location for exact hours of operation and programming information.*