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Welcome, Kids!

A one-stop-shop for our youngest patrons to learn about all the great benefits of being a library member!

Programs are Free!

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Don't forget, just like our books, our programs are also free. Ask your local librarian for more information! 

Author Readings

We love having local authors share their works with us! The TD Summer Reading Club 2020 featured a handful of local authors and illustrators in celebration of their work! 

Here,  Adam and Jennifer Young read their book, The Little Red Shed, and tell us a bit about how their book came to life! 

We are more than our collections

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! 

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Canadian Children's Book Week

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

                           Register here: https://publiclibrary.webex.com/publiclibrary/j.php?RGID=r3d4d43bab9b1fb0f816ed65bf16b6290

                           Wednesday May 4th at 6:30pm, virtually via the Mount Pearl Public Library

                           Register here: https://publiclibrary.webex.com/publiclibrary/j.php?RGID=r7aaa91a231844f39f76eb346845e6554

 

Erin Alladin: Born Naturalists: Learning about the Natural World

                          Saturday May 7th at 1:30pm, virtually via the Bay Robert's Library

                          Register here: https://publiclibrary.webex.com/publiclibrary/j.php?RGID=r94b8465c34d4a8fbab1b2bdf498d5fae

Hackmatack Children's Book Awards

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.

 

Storytime

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! 

Book Clubs

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! 

Image of Book Club Kits to Go: Kids!  a link to our juvenile book club kits in the library catalogue

Book Club Kits to Go: Kids!

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. 

Image of Trousses de lecture: a link to our french book club kits in our catalogue

Trousses de lecture: 

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.

Image of Graphic Novel Book Club Kits: a link to our graphic novel kits in the catalogue

Graphic Novel Book Club Kits

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! 

Image of Book club Kits to Go: Teens: a link to our Young adult book club kits in the catalogue

Book Club to Go: Teens

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. 

 

Makerspace

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! 

TD Summer Reading Club

Image of TD Sumer Reading Club 2020 Banner: Reading fun for kids, from Canada's Public LIbraries. Join the fun! Children singing and blowing noisemakers

The TD Summer Reading Club is our biggest annual kids event! It starts mid-June and goes until the end of August! 

TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. This free program is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada.
Kids can take part anywhere—at local public libraries across Canada as well as at home, online, or wherever summer takes them.

Image of a Cartoon octopus holing a book in each tentacle: link to the NLPL TD Summer Reading Club page

*Click on the reading octopus to learn more about our online club, our programming

and the TD Summer Reading experience!*

Other cool programs you might see at the library!

Elsa reads a story in Mount Pearl.

Celebrate Pride together!

Corner Brook celebrate's Dr. Seuss!

Geeking out with this troll! 

Thor learns about vikings in St. John's!

Getting our letters to Hogwarts! 

Learning about fluid dynamics at Marjorie Mews!

Reading to furry friends at Paws for Stories!

Safety Precautions

*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.*

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