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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

VALENTINE’S DAY – MOTHER’S DAY – FATHER’S DAY – CHRISTMAS – EASTER – HALLOWEEN – SPRING – SUMMER – AUTUMN – WINTER – FAIRY TALES – SPACE EXPLORERS – CANADA – BEARS – EMOTIONS – DINOSAURS – LIFE ON THE FARM – ANIMALS – TRANSPORTATION – LIFE IN THE OCEAN – BUGS, BUGS, BUGS – SURPRISE –

Preschool Programs – Winter/Spring 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 our private Facebook group
February 12th to May 7th

Sarah’s Shelf has migrated to a private Facebook group. Request to join it through our public Facebook page or email us at mylibrary@russellbiblio.com to get an invitation.

New videos posted every Friday at 10 AM. 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/Spring 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.

BadBeginning
MARCH 4
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
liesl and po
APRIL 1
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
Tales of a 4th grade nothing
MAY 6
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume

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.

tuck everlasting
MARCH 4
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Mighty Miss Malone
APRIL 1
The Mighty Miss Malone by Paul Curtis
question mark book cover
MAY 6
Stay tuned!

Kids and Teens Events – ‘March’ Break (April 12-17 2021)

Book Bingo for Kids

GRAB & GO AT THE LIBRARY

April 12-17

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

April 12-17

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 April 12th-17th. 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, April 14th 2:00 PM on Zoom
CANCELLED

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.

CANCELLED


The Zoo Crew Virtual Visit

ONLINE ACTIVITY

Friday, April 16th 2:15 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