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Preschool & Kids Programs – Fall 2023

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 2023


Babies & Books
Russell Branch
Mondays 11:00-11:30 AM
October 16 to December 4
(No activity on Nov 13)
Bilingual

Join the fun with Allison! Sing songs and rhymes, discover finger plays & other book related activities. For babies 0 to 18 months. In partnership with Embrun Family Centre.
Drop in program. No cost.


Heure du conte avec Emily
Embrun Branch
Tuesdays 10:15 – 10:45 AM
October 3 to December 5
French

Join us for stories, songs and crafts with Emily! For children 3-4 years old.
Registration required. Cost: $ 25 / 10 weeks.


Hike & Storytime
Russell Branch
Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 AM
Starting September 5
(No activity on Sept 19)
Bilingual

9AM-10AM: Get moving and breathe some fresh air! We will go on a fun morning hike down the conservation area across the street from the library. Meeting place: library parking lot.
10AM-11AM: Come join Mélissa for story time! With each book, a new adventure begins. Have fun participating in the activities after the story.
For children 0-6 years old. In partnership with EarlyON Child & Family Centre.
Drop in program. No cost.


Storytime & Crafts with Kristina
Russell Branch
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 AM
October 4 to December 6
English

Get ready for stories, crafts, and laughs with Kristina. For children 3 to 4 years old.
Registration required. Cost: $25 / 10 weeks.


Toddler Time with Stephanie
Russell Branch
Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
October 5 to December 7
Bilingual

Listen to Stephanie read some stories, sing songs together, and play fun games. For toddlers 18 to 36 months old. Drop in program. No cost.


After School Club (Russell) FULL
Russell Branch
Last Monday of the month 4:00–5:00 PM
Ages 7 years +
Bilingual

Board games, card games and Lego challenges. Registration required. No cost. FULL
(September 25, October 30, November 27)


After School Club (Embrun)
Embrun Branch
Last Thursday of the month 4:00–5:00 PM
Ages 7 years +
Bilingual

Board games, card games and Lego challenges. Registration required. No cost.
(September 28, October 26, November 30)


Junior Book Club FULL
Russell Branch
First Thursday of the month 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Grades 3-5
English

Come and discuss your reading, make a craft and eat a snack! New members welcome anytime! Registration required. No cost. (October 5, November 2, December 7). FULL
Click here to view the Kids Book Club page for more info.


Youth Book Club
Russell Branch
First Thursday of the month 5:15 – 6:15 PM
Grades 6-8
English

Come and discuss your reading, make a craft and eat a snack! New members welcome anytime! Registration required. No cost. (October 5, November 2, December 7).
Click here to view the Kids Book Club page for more info.


Club de lecture Junior
Embrun Branch
Third Wednesday of the month 4:15 – 5:00 PM
Grades 3-5
French

Come and discuss your reading, make a craft and eat a snack! New members welcome anytime! Registration required. No cost. (October 18, November 15, December 20).
Click here to view the Kids Book Club page for more info.


Storytime with Rapunzel
Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 AM
Embrun Branch
All ages
French

Dress up in your favourite prince or princess costume for this special story time with Rapunzel.
Registration required. Free.


Storytime in Pyjamas
Russell Branch (English)
Embrun Branch (French)
December 15 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Come celebrate winter with us: stories, crafts and snacks. Wear your favourite pyjamas!
For children 5-8 years old. Registration required. Cost: $ 7



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