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Preschool 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.

Storytime and Crafts with Kristina
Russell Branch

Children aged 3 to 4.
Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:30 AM
February 5 – April 29 (13 weeks)
Cost: $25. Places are limited. Registration required. *FULL*

Babies and Books
Russell Branch

Songs, rhymes, finger plays and other book-related activities.
Children 0 to 18 months old and their parent or caregiver.
Thursdays 10 to 10:30 AM
January 16 – April 30

No cost. Drop-in program.

Toddler Time
Russell Branch

Stories, songs and games.
Children 18 to 36 months old and their parent or caregiver.
Fridays 10 to 10:30 AM
February 7 to April 24
No cost. Drop-in program.

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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

Junior Book Club
Russell Branch

Children grades 3 to 5.
No cost. New members welcome!
First Thursday of the month
4 – 4:45 PM

February 6
Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris
March 5
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
April 2
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Youth Book Club
Russell Branch

Children grades 6 to 8.
No cost. New members welcome!
First Tuesday of the month
4 – 4:45 PM

February 4
A World Below by Wesley King
March 3
Chase: Get Ready to Run by Linwood Barclay
April 7
The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter

Build Robots with Tinkerbots Kits
Russell Branch

Children 7 years old +.
Saturdays  11 AM to 4 PM
January 11 to May 30
Reserve a Tinkerbots kit and have fun building different robots.
Children 7 to 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
No cost.

Minecraft Clubs
Russell Branch

Children 7 years old +.
Club 1: Last Tuesday of the month 4 to 5 PM
Club 2: Last Wednesday of the month 4 to 5 PM
Tablets provided. No cost.
Places are limited. Registration required. 

*Club 1 and Club 2 are now full*

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