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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.


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


Kids Programs – Winter 2022

Registration begins January 17th

Please note that in-person activities may become online activities.

Heure du conte avec Emily (French Activity)
In-person activity at the Russell Branch
Wednesdays 10 :15 AM – 10 :45 AM
February 2nd to April 27th

Join us for stories, songs, finger play, and yoga. Registration is required. For children 3 to 4 years. No cost.

Storytime & Crafts with Kristina (English Activity)
Virtual activity
Wednesdays 10:00 -11:00 AM
February 2nd to April 27th

Get ready for stories, crafts, and laughs with Kristina every Wednesday at 10:00 AM by Zoom invitation. For children 3 to 4 years old. No cost.

Babies & Books (English Activity)
In-person activity at the Russell branch
We plan on launching Babies & Books as soon as provincial guidelines allow for larger in-person gatherings. Stay tuned for updates.

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 with limit. No cost. Proof of vaccination required.

Toddler Time: Take & Make (Bilingual Activity)
All day Friday
February 4th to April 29th

A bilingual take & make kit will be prepared and ready for pickup each Friday. The kits will contain an alphabet activity along with two to three books to accompany the weekly theme. Registration is required. For toddlers 18 to 36 months. No cost.

Valentines for Vets

This Valentine’s Day, thank Canadian Veterans by sending them a hand-made valentine. Each year, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) invites Canadian schools, individuals and organizations to make Valentines for Vets. VAC then distributes the valentines to Veterans in long-term care facilities across the country by February 14. If you would like to send a Valentine’s Day card to a veteran, please drop it off either at the Russell or Embrun Branch.
Please submit your card before Friday, January 29th at 5 PM. Thank you!

1. Please do not include candy or chocolate with the valentines.
2. Do not use sparkles or bulky materials.
3. You’re encouraged to sign your name and write about yourself, but not include addresses or phone numbers.
4. Do not put individual valentines in sealed envelopes. Drop them off at either Branch, Russell or Embrun.
5. Do not put the date or year on the valentines.
6. Valentines of all shapes, sizes, and colours are welcome. However, valentines that are greeting-card size are easier to package and distribute.

Message Ideas:
“Roses are red, you’re number one. Thank you for all that you have done”.
“Thank you for your service. I feel very grateful for the freedom we have today”.
“I hope your day is filled with love. Thank you for keeping everyone safe”.

Junior Book Club (Grades 3-5)
The Mega Champion Kid Book Club
1st Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM
on Zoom

Free. New members welcome! (October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st, January 5th, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th)

Boxcar Children
(Gertrude Chandler Warner)
November 3, 2021
Magic Stone Amulet 1: Stone Keeper (Park Jung-seo Kazukibushi)
December 1, 2021
One and Only Bob
(Katherine Applegate)
January 5, 2022
Treasure Hunters
(James Patterson)
February 2, 2022
(Laura Martin)
March 2, 2022
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(Roald Dahl)
April 6, 2022
(Raina Telgemeier)
May 4, 2022
Happy reading!

Youth Book Club (Grades 6-8)
Formula 1 Book Bandits 2.0
1st Thursday of the month at 4:30 PM
on Zoom

Free. New members welcome! (October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd, January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th)

A Wrinkle in Time
(Madeleine L’Engle)
November 4, 2021
The Crazy Man
(Pamela Porter)
December 2, 2021
Harriet the Spy
(Louise Fitzhugh)
January 6, 2022
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
(Kelly Barnhill)
February 3, 2022
My Louisiana Sky
(Kimberly Willis Holt)
March 3, 2022
The Matchstick Castle
(Keir Graff)
April 7, 2022
Little Badman and in the Invasion of the Killer Aunties
(Humza Arshad & Henry White)
May 5, 2022
Happy reading!

Kids programs and events in French »


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


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.


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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