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Preschool (& Kids) Programs in English

Preschool Programs

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.

Crafts with Victoria

(bilingual activity)

Every Monday at 10 AM
June 22nd  – August 10th  2020

Snacks with Stella

(bilingual activity)

Every Tuesday at 10 AM
June 23rd-August 11th 2020

Storytime & Crafts with Kristina

(English activity)

Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM by Zoom invitation

Registration required (
*No event on July 1st

Heure du conte avec Emily

(French activity)

Every Thursday at 10 AM

Registration required
June 25th – August 13th 2020

Virtual Visits

Join us every Friday for a special guest on Zoom! On days with no special guest, we will post a virtual tour for you to discover on our social media pages!
June 26th – August 14th 2020

Complete list of programs and activities for children in English »
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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
  • Vocabulary
  • 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.

Kids Programs in English

Kids Events in English

Kids programs and events in French »

Resources for parents

Today’s 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


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.


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.

Come enjoy the Children’s Reading Garden!

Russell Branch