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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.

Family Storytime

Russell Branch
Tuesdays July 10 and 24 and August 7
at 10:30 AM

Stories for the whole family.
No registration required.

Storytime in the park    NEW!

Tuesdays July 3, 17 and 31 and August 14storytime park
at 10:30 AM
Keith M. Boyd Park, 591 Loucks Dr., Russell

Come hear fascinating stories about creatures
great and small.
Activity for the whole family. No registration required.

Activity will take place at the Russell Branch Library if it rains.

Playtime for Toddlerstoddler time

Russell Branch
Wednesdays July 11 and 25 and August 8
at 10:30 AM

Stories, songs, games and crafts.
For children 2 to 3 years old.

Free. Registration required.

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 Events in English

Russell and Embrun Branch

Children aged 6 and up.
Join the TD Summer Reading Club at your library this summer.
You could win weekly prizes (gift certificates) and a Chromebook (Grand Prize).

Registration starts June 18.
Registration in person only.

Learn more » 

“CREATURES”boy swimming
Russell and Embrun Branch

July 3rd to August 18th
Activities from Monday to Friday.

Calendar and program – Russell Branch (activities in English) »

July activities: until June 29th.
August activities: from July 9th to July 21st.

  • All activities are FREE.
  • Registration is required except for Storytime, Storytime in the park, reading club
    Group Art and MakerSpace.
  • You can register:
    * online
    * by email
    * by phone (613.445.5331)
    * in person
  • Places are limited for some activities.
  • All supplies provided by the Library.

Consult staff for more information. »

Russell Branch

Let’s celebrate the end of the TD Summer Reading Club!
Come meet and pet 8 different types of animals!zoo crew

Saturday, August 18 – 10:30 AM
Activity for the whole family.

Tickets: $5. Places are limited.

Click here to register!

Kids 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.

Cool Apps for Kids

Get appy with this list of recommended iPad apps for kids!

Animal soundsAnimal Sounds
Builds vocabulary and the ability to hear and breakdown the sounds in words. Free

Collins Big Cat: Around the World
Great interactive reading! Kids can also create their own stories.  Free

Build It Up
Builds sorting skills and size differentiation (foundation to later math skills). Free for 2 gameboards. Fee for more.

Wonster Words Learningwonster work app
An app that will help young students develop understanding and internalize common spelling patterns. Free

Monster Hunt
Fun memory game that reinforces the concept of “alike and different.” Free.

Habitat the Game
Your child will learn about caring for the environment by adopting a polar bear and keeping him healthy. Free.

This app builds narrative skill as kids draw, animate, narrate, and record their own cartoons. Free.

Fish Schoolfish school app
Fish School exposes your preschooler to important concepts like letters, numbers, shapes, colors, matching, and more. Free.

Come enjoy the Children’s Reading Garden!

Russell Branch