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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.

Preschool Programs – Winter 2021

Heure du conte et bricolages avec Emily sur notre chaîne YouTube

ONLINE ACTIVITY / FRENCH ACTIVITY

Tuesdays 10:30 AM (Unlisted YouTube videos)
February 9th to May 4th

Join us for a French virtual story time with Emily every Tuesday at 10:30 AM! Want to be added to the list? Email us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com or call us 613.445.5331. We will then send you the links for the unlisted videos on our YouTube channel.


Virtual Storytime & Crafts with Kristina

ONLINE ACTIVITY

Wednesdays 10:30 AM on Zoom
February 10th to May 5th

Get ready for stories, crafts, and laughs with Kristina every Wednesday at 10:30 AM by Zoom invitation. To register and receive the weekly Zoom invitation, email us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com or call us 613.445.5331.


Sarah’s Shelf: A Virtual Toddler Read-Aloud from Home

ONLINE ACTIVITY

Fridays 10:00 AM on Facebook
February 12th to December 11th

New videos posted every Friday at 10 AM on our Facebook page. Join us for virtual story time!


Complete list of programs and activities for children in English »
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EARLY LITERACY

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 Programs – Winter 2021

Virtual Junior Book Club

ONLINE ACTIVITY

First Thursday of the month 4:00 PM on Zoom.
November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, & May 6

Grades 3-5
Free. New members welcome!
By Zoom invitation. To register and receive the monthly Zoom invitation, emails us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com or call us at 613.445.5331.

wish
DECEMBER 3
Wish by Barbara O’Connor
the one and only ivan
JANUARY 7
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
harry potter and the philosopher's stone
FEBRUARY 4
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Virtual Youth Book Club

ONLINE ACTIVITY

First Thursday of the month 5:00 PM on Zoom.
November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, & May 6

Grades 6-8
Free. New members welcome!
By Zoom invitation. To register and receive the monthly Zoom invitation, emails us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com or call us at 613.445.5331.

masterpiece
DECEMBER 3
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
the lightning thief
JANUARY 7
The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson
holes
FEBRUARY 4
Holes by Louis Sachar

Kids and Teens Events – Winter 2021

Virtual Storytime & Crafts with Kristina
**Valentine’s Day Special**

ONLINE ACTIVITY

Wednesday, February 10th 10:30 AM on Zoom

Join Kristina for a special Valentine’s Day virtual storytime! Get ready to listen to Valentine’s Day stories and create a special craft. Don’t forget to wear pink and red to celebrate! To register and receive the Zoom invitation, email us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com or call us 613.445.5331.

Kids and Teens Events – March Break

Book Bingo for Kids

GRAB & GO AT THE LIBRARY

March 15-19

Follow the reading prompts to complete each challenge.
Each bingo is a chance to win the final prize!
Book Bingo cards are available for pickup at both our branches and are also available to download by clicking the link: https://russellbiblio.com/book-bingo/
russellbiblio.com
613.445.5331 / 613.443.3636


March Break on Beanstack

ONLINE ACTIVITY

March 15-19

The Township of Russell Public Library challenges you to read a minimum of 10 hours during the March Break! To receive additional badges, attend our virtual visits scheduled the week of March 15th-19th. On your mark, get set, read! Go to https://russellbiblio.beanstack.org/reader365 to register for this challenge.


Hidden Worlds: Under the Microscope (Presented by the Canada Science and Technology Museum)

ONLINE ACTIVITY

Wednesday, March 17th 2:00 PM on Zoom

For children of all ages. Bilingual show. Free.

To register and receive the Zoom invitation, email us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com or call us 613.445.5331.


The Zoo Crew Virtual Visit

ONLINE ACTIVITY

Friday, March 19th 2:00 PM on Zoom

For children of all ages. Bilingual show. Free.

To register and receive the Zoom invitation, email us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com or call us 613.445.5331.


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

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.


Come enjoy the Children’s Reading Garden!

Russell Branch