Preschool & Kids Programs in English
Our preschool programs offer age-appropriate books, finger plays, songs, rhymes, puppets, crafts and other book-related activities. Parents or caregivers are asked to participate in our sessions.
FAMILY STORY BUNDLES
Pressed for time? Need some picture books and activities for your little one(s)? Request a Family Story Bundle: A ready-made bundle which will include picture books, a song, and instructions for a craft based on age and theme. Simply email or call us with your request for a Family Story Bundle with the age and desired theme. We will do our best to find related books according to what is available or a different selection will be made. We will call you when your order is ready for curbside pickup. 613.445.5331
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Kids Programs – Autumn 2021
Heure du conte avec Emily (COMPLET/FULL)
Activité en personne à la succursale Russell
les mercredis de 10h15 à 10h45
*nouvelle date* 13 octobre au 1 décembre
Joignez-nous pour des histoires, des chansons, des jeux de doigts et du yoga. Pour les enfants de 3 à 4 ans. Gratuit. Inscription requise car l’espace est limité.
Storytime with Kristina
Virtual activity on Zoom
Wednesdays 10:30 -11:30 AM
October 6th to December 1st
Get ready for stories, crafts, and laughs with Kristina every Wednesday at 10:30 AM by Zoom invitation. For children 3 to 4 years old. No cost.
Babies & Books
In-person activity @ the Russell branch
Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Group A) FULL
Thursdays 11:00-11:30 AM (Group B) FULL
September 9th – December 2nd
Join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays & other book related activities. For babies 0 to 18 months old & their parent or caregiver. No cost. Registration is required as space is limited. While the weather permits, we will meet outside at the Russell branch. We will go indoors if it rains or during colder weather. No meetings on Sep. 23 & Nov. 11.
Toddler Time: Take & Make (FULL)
All day Friday
October 8th to December 3rd
A bilingual take & make kit will be prepared and ready for pickup each Friday. The kits will contain the instructions and materials for a craft along with two to three books to accompany the weekly theme. No cost. Registration is required. For toddlers 18 to 36 months.
Junior Book Club (Grades 3-5)
The Mega Champion Kid Book Club
1st Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM on Zoom
Free. New members welcome! (October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st, January 5th, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th)
Youth Book Club (Grades 6-8)
Formula 1 Book Bandits 2.0
1st Thursday of the month at 4:30 PM on Zoom
Free. New members welcome! (October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd, January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th)
Learning starts at birth
Research shows that children learn the skills they need to read years before they start school. There are 6 pre-reading skills that children must acquire in order to learn to read successfully. These skills are as follows:
- Print Awareness
- Phonological Awareness
- Print Motivation
- Narrative Skills
- Letter Knowledge
Parents and Caregivers
Parents and caregivers play an important role in helping children get ready to read. Your children learn best by doing things and they love doing things with you! Early childhood is a magical time for learning and exploration, and there’s so much for you and your young child to discover at the Township of Russell Public Library.
You are the key to your child’s success in reading…
Read. Talk. Play.
There is a direct connection between reading aloud and later reading success. Ask your child questions as you read aloud, and talk about the pictures to involve your child in the story. Children who grow up in conversational homes – with parents who talk to them and encourage them to talk – have an edge over children who hear very little language. Have fun with word games and making up silly songs and rhymes. Children who play with sounds of words before they enter school are better prepared to learn to read.
Resources for parents
A website about pregnancy, baby and toddler advice for Canadian parents.
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers.
Tech Savvy Kids
EARLY LITERACY WORKSTATIONS
Kids from the ages of 2 to 8 have access to a bilingual early literacy workstation in each library branch. This special computer, which is equipped with a colourful keyboard and LCD screen, offers a full range of English and French educational software programs.
GIANT TOUCH SCREEN COMPUTER + IPADS
Also available in the Kids Section of both library branches are a giant touchscreen computer and iPads which are equipped with educational applications in English and French.