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All children's programs are being done virtually until further notice. Please email vanessa.pritchard@quintewest.ca with any inquiries.

Quinte West Public Library is committed to supporting the development of early literacy skills for the children in our community. By reading, talking, and playing together we are helping develop your child's knowledge about reading and writing before they can actually do so. It's never too early to start, and never to late to learn more. Take advantage of the following programs and resources to give your child the best start possible!

 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a library program that encourages local families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary -- two important tools when they begin learning to read in kindergarten.

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless! Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. Any book read (even repeats) by anybody counts.

Learning to read starts way before Kindergarten. Print and sound awareness, print recognition and vocabulary all come from listening to their parents talk and read to them.

Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you. What a great way to bond with your precious child curled up with you while you read together!

How does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten work?

* Register - At the Quinte West Public Library and take home your keepsake reading log.

* Track Your Reading - Each time you read a book with your child write down the name in your reading log.

* Show us Your Reading Log - When you reach 100, 250 and 750 books bring in your reading log, get a sticker and decorate our   display board.

* Reach 500 books - come to the library to collect a prize!

* Read More Books! - When you reach 1,000 books you will earn a certificate of completion as well as a free book!

There is even an iPhone app available online if you would prefer to track your reading that way!

It's easy!
3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

 Online Storytime

Storytimes are being offered virtually every Monday at 10am (except for holidays) via our Facebook page. This program consists of a story read aloud, followed by a craft demonstration. This program is geared towards preschool aged children in terms of the complexity of the stories and crafts, however many older children enjoy the activities as well and are more than welcome to participate.

Show your library card and get a FREE craft kit (available at both locations while supplies last) in order to follow along with the videos. Craft kits do not include crayons, scissors, or glue. If you do not have access to those materials please let us know. No holds are available for the kits.

If you missed any of our storytimes, don't worry, you can view past videos HERE.

 Early Literacy Kits

Early Literacy Kits are a fun way to introduce and reinforce early learning for children. They can help teach literacy skills through the use of stories, imaginative play, games, and activities. The skills learned through these kits are building blocks which will help you raise a great reader! 

Each kit contains:

  • picture book
  • puppet
  • alphabet learning games or activities
  • number learning games or activities
  • one additional learning material, related to colours, shapes, etc 

Kits are available in various themes, including but not limited to:

  • beavers
  • dinosaurs
  • hedgehogs
  • firefighters
  • police 

Search "Early literacy kit" in our catalogue to find a listing of all available kits, or place a hold HERE

Borrowing Period: 3 weeks 

Things to know:

  • Kits are only holdable by patrons with Quinte West Library cards
  • Kits must be returned to either Trenton or Frankford
  • Kits will not be considered returned until all items from the kit have been returned to the library

 

Junior Aged

 Monthly Programming (7+)

Once a month we offer a more complex craft kit for children ages 7+. Video instructions are often posted to our Facebook page on the date of the activity. Show your library card and get a FREE kit, available at both locations while supplies last.

 

June 1 - Paracord Bracelets

Learn how to make a cool clip on bracelet out of paracord. Free kits available at both locations. Call 613-394-3381 to arrange contactless pickup.

Summer Programming

Summer Reading Club (4+)

Our Summer Reading Club will take place from June 26 - August 28. 

Register ahead of time using this FORM.

Each registrant will receive a reading tracker, necklace with their first name on it, and their choice of reading tag. Materials can be picked up curbside at one of the times listed on the form. 

Once you have your materials you can start reading! Read anything you want and track it by colouring in a star in your booklet for every 15 minutes that you have read. Bring your reading tracker and necklace back to the library to show us how much you have been reading. You will earn a bead to add to your necklace for every star that you have coloured in. Every time you report to the library you will also earn a ballot towards our weekly prize!

Please contact vanessa.pritchard@quintewest.ca with any questions.

For the Adult Summer Reading Challenge see HERE.

 Virtual Storytime
 Virtual Storytime will continue throughout the summer with videos being posted to our Facebook page Mondays at 10am. Free craft kits will be available at both locations to follow along with the videos
 Art Explorer Kits (7+)
Join us on Facebook every Tuesday at 10am as we demonstrate a variety of fun crafts. Kits for each craft can be picked up at both locations on the date listed. Recommended for ages 7+.

July 6: Tie Dye

July 13: Bookmark Weaving

July 20: Squishies

July 27: Tissue Paper Painting 

 STEM Kits (7+)
Each Thursday at 10am we will explore different STEM topics with an instructional video posted to our Facebook page. Kits with the materials for various activities around our weekly theme will be available at both locations on the date listed. Recommended for ages 7+.

July 8: Flight

July 15: Sound

July 29: Engineering Challenges 

 

*July 22nd will be a special virtual performance by Mad Science, taking place via zoom from 11-12. This program will require registration. Further details to follow.

Edible Science 

Have you ever wondered how cheese is made? Where candy comes from? Watch our videos on Facebook Wednesday’s at 10am as we try different recipes that are sure to wow both your mind and your taste buds!

July 7:  Gel Beads 

July 14: Cheese

July 21: Toffee

July 28: Fruit Roll Ups 

 Book Buzz
Tune in to Facebook every Friday at 10am for reading recommendations for children of various ages.
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Trenton, ON
K8V 6X5
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Tel.: (613) 394-3381
Fax: (613) 394-2079



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