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Preschool & Kids Programs – Fall 2022

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. 613.445.5331 mylibrary@russellbiblio.com

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Kids Programs – Beanstack Challenges

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
On-Going Challenge

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. Interested to participate? Have a look at this page.

Kids Programs – Fall 2022


Heure du conte avec Emily (French Activity)
In-person activity at the Embrun Branch
Tuesdays 10 :15 AM – 10 :45 AM
October 4th to December 6th

Join us for stories, songs and crafts with Emily!
For children 3 to 4 years old. Registration required. Cost: $25


Storytime & Crafts with Kristina (English Activity)
In person activity at the Russell Branch
Wednesdays 10:30 -11:30 AM
October 5th to December 7th

Get ready for stories, crafts, and laughs with Kristina !
For children 3 to 4 years old. Registration required. Cost: $25


Babies & Books (Bilingual activity)
In-person activity at the Russell branch
Mondays 11:00-11:30 AM
October 3rd to December 5th

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.
In partnership with la Maison de la famille


Toddler Time with Stephanie (Bilingual Activity)
In person activity at the Russell Branch
Fridays at 10:00-10:30 AM
October 7th to December 9th

Join us for stories, songs, and games. A bilingual program for children 18 to 36 months old & their parent or caregiver. Drop-in. No cost.


Junior Book Club (English Activity)
(Grades 3-5)
In person activity at the Russell Branch
1st Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Join us for a monthly book discussion and craft. New members welcome at any time. No cost.
October 5, November 2, December 7


Youth Book Club (English Activity)
(Grades 6-8)
In person activity at the Russell Branch
1st Thursday of the month at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Join us for a monthly book discussion and craft. New members welcome at any time. No cost.
October 6, November 3, December 1


Club de lecture junior (French Activity)
In person activity at the Embrun Branch
For ages 9 to 13.
Free. Registration required.

This is a new French book club we are launching. Dates and times will be decided with interested participants. The book club will be held on a weekday after school. We are also looking for a volunteer to animate the group. Contact us if you’re interested: mabiblio@russellbiblio.com /613-443-3636


Minecraft Club (Bilingual Activity) *FULL
In person activity at the Russell Branch
Last Monday of the month 4 PM – 5 PM
Ages 7 +

Play, share and learn! New theme each month. Tablets are provided. Registration required. No cost. September 26, October 24, November 28


Minecraft Club (Bilingual Activity) *FULL
In person activity at the Embrun Branch
Last Thursday of the month 4 PM – 5 PM
Ages 7 +

Play, share and learn! New theme each month. Tablets are provided. Registration required. No cost. September 29, October 27, November 24



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