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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

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Kids Programs – Beanstack Challenges

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
On-Going Challenge

Coming soon to a Library near you!
That’s right! 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. We will have a webpage with more information in the next few weeks.

Kids Programs – Summer 2022

Click HERE to view the TD Summer Reading Club and Challenges webpage!!


Group Art (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Russell and Embrun branches
Mondays 2:00-3:00 PM
July 4th to August 15th

Every Monday from July 4th to August 15th – from 2 to 3 PM. Help us create a beautiful piece of art for the Library Community Garden. Drop-in activity for the whole family. All supplies provided. No registration required.


Storytime in the Park (Bilingual Activity)
Keith M. Boyd Park, RUSSELL
Tuesdays 10:00 AM
July 5th to August 16th

Every Tuesday from July 5th to August 16th at 10 AM – Families are invited to enjoy this drop-in Storytime all summer long. Listen to stories and discover new things. No registration required. Storytime will be held in the Keith M. Boyd Park (591 Loucks Drive in Russell). The stories will be read inside the Russell Branch Library in case of rain (1053 Concession Street in Russell).


Storytime in the Park (Bilingual Activity)
Yahoo Park, EMBRUN
Wednesdays 10:00 AM
July 6th to August 17th

Every Wednesday from July 6th to August 17th at 10 AM – Families are invited to enjoy this drop-in Storytime all summer long. Listen to stories and discover new things. No registration required. Storytime will be held in Yahoo Park (2 Marcel Street, Embrun). The stories will be read inside the Embrun Branch Library in case of rain (1215 St-Augustin, Embrun).


MakerSpace (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Russell nd Embrun branches
Fridays 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
July 7th to August 19th

Every Friday from July 7th to August 19th – from 10 AM to 5 PM. If you can imagine it, you can build it! A cart full of supplies is at your disposal. Let your creativity burst! Activity for the whole family. Supervision is required for kids under 7 years old. No registration required.


Summer Pen Pal Program (Bilingual Activity) FULL
July 20th to August 10th
Ages 6-12
FULL

For the second summer, our Library has been paired with the Jolys Regional Library in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba. Register to be paired with a child similar in age at the Jolys Regional Library and we will send the letters on your behalf. There’s no need to write your address as the libraries will be the ones sending and receiving the letters. We will stick to first names only and will proof read the letters before sharing them. Letters can be written weekly, we will even supply you with writing prompts and materials. If you wish to continue communicating with your pen pal, the Library can no longer send the letters on your behalf and takes no responsibility afterwards. Ages 6-12.
How It Works:
-Please return your letter to the Library by Wednesday at 3:00 PM each week.
-We will forward a weekly package to our Sister Library.
-Pick up your letters at the Library (no specific date given due to uncertainty of Canada Post delivery)
-Have fun!


REGISTRATION FOR AUGUST ACTIVITIES

BEGINS JULY 18TH

Activities & Events at the Russell Branch – AUGUST

All activities are bilingual and free unless otherwise noted. Some activities require help from an adult. Activities will last approximately 15-30 minutes.

Library staff cannot assume responsibility for children left unattended within our public facility.


Medieval Catapult (Bilingual Activity) FULL
In-person activity at the Russell branch
Wednesday, August 10th at 2:00 PM
Ages 6 + (with adult)
FULL

Learn how to build a model of the medieval siege engine and storm a castle like King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Registration required. FULL


Monarch Butterfly Dance (Bilingual Activity) FULL
In-person activity at the Russell Branch
Thursday, August 11th at 11:00 AM
Ages 4-7
Cost: $1
FULL

SPECIAL GUEST: Make a butterfly dancing stick with local artist Shanna Steals. Registration required. FULL


Decode Norse Runes (Bilingual Activity) FULL
In-person activity at the Russell branch
Wednesday, August 17th at 2:00 PM
Ages 8 +
FULL

Decode and write messages in the runes used by the Vikings! Registration required. FULL


Monarch Butterfly Dance (English Activity)
In-person activity at the Russell Branch
Thursday, August 18th at 2:00 PM
Ages 5 +

SPECIAL GUEST: Local nutritionist Jennifer Foster will talk about food and how it works in our bodies. Registration required.


Luv2Groove (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Russell Branch
Saturday, August 20th at 1:00 PM
All ages
Cost: $5

SPECIAL GUEST: Get your dance on with Luv2Groove from 1:00-1:45 PM at the Russell Branch. Registration required.


Grand Prize Drawings (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Russell Branch
Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 PM
All ages

The winners of the grand prizes will be announced on Saturday, August 20th at 2PM at the Russell Branch. After the grand prize drawings, beat the heat with some ice cream from Mr. Sundae! We recommend you register in advance. The first 50 registrations receive a ticket for a free ice-cream that can be redeemed with Mr. Sundae. Check in with Brittany on August 20th, who will give you your ticket.

REGISTRATION FOR AUGUST ACTIVITIES

BEGINS JULY 18TH

Activities & Events at the Embrun Branch – AUGUST

All activities are bilingual and free unless otherwise noted. Some activities require help from an adult. Activities will last approximately 15-30 minutes.

Library staff cannot assume responsibility for children left unattended within our public facility.


Paper Weaving (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Embrun branch
Tuesday, August 9th at 2:00 PM
Ages 8 +

Visit distant lands by creating and crafting your own magic carpet, as seen in the folktales from One Thousand and One Nights. Registration required.


Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Embrun Branch
Thursday, August 11th at 2:00 PM
Ages 8 +
Cost: $3

SPECIAL GUEST: Learn how to make a monarch butterfly life cycle mobile with local artist Shanna Steals. Registration required.


Ancient Greek Olympics (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Embrun branch
Tuesday, August 16th at 2:00 PM
Ages 6 +

Entertain and celebrate with the mythological Greek Gods by participating in the events at the Olympics! Registration required.


Engineering Greek Myth Challenge (Bilingual Activity)
In-person activity at the Embrun branch
Thursday, August 18th at 2:00 PM
Ages 10 +

Join us for STEM challenges based in Greek mythology. Registration required.


Kids programs and events in French »


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:

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

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