Preschool 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
- 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
TD SUMMER READING CLUB
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.
PROGRAM OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES
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,
Group Art and MakerSpace.
- You can register:
* by email
* by phone (613.445.5331)
* in person
- Places are limited for some activities.
- All supplies provided by the Library.
THE ZOO CREW SHOW
Saturday, August 18 – 10:30 AM
Activity for the whole family.
Tickets: $5. Places are limited.
Resources for 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!
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.
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.