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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.

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
mylibrary@russellbiblio.com

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Kids Programs – Winter 2022


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (BEGINNING APRIL 19!)
On-Going Challenge

Coming soon to a Library near you!
That’s right! The Township of Russell Public Library is excited to announce a new on-going program at both of our branches. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program designed to help parents and caregivers give their young children the confidence necessary to become strong readers. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your little one finishes kindergarten.
We are using the reading platform Beanstack to track participants’ milestones and we will also have a Reading Wall and prizes. We will have a webpage with more information in the next few weeks.


Babies & Books (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Russell branch
Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM
February 24th to May 26th

Join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays & other book related activities. For babies 0 to 18 months old & their parent or caregiver. Drop-in program. No cost.


Book Clubs

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)

Glitch
Glitch
(Laura Martin)
March 2, 2022
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(Roald Dahl)
April 6, 2022
Ghosts
Ghosts
(Raina Telgemeier)
May 4, 2022
Happy reading!

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)

My Louisiana Sky
My Louisiana Sky
(Kimberly Willis Holt)
March 3, 2022
Matchsticks Castle
The Matchstick Castle
(Keir Graff)
April 7, 2022
Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties
Little Badman and in the Invasion of the Killer Aunties
(Humza Arshad & Henry White)
May 5, 2022
Happy reading!

Kids programs and events in French »


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.


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