To ensure the safety of our members and staff during COVID-19, all of our Winter programs will be delivered through a variety of online platforms or as take-aways from the library.

The Peterborough Public Library offers a variety of free literacy-based programs for children of all ages throughout the year. See our regularly occurring programs below, or check out our Events Calendar for a full list of library programs.

rainbow crayon drawingThe results are in for Patch's Colouring Contest. Check out the first, second and third place winning entries.  

Patch's Colouring Contest Winners

child writing on pad of paperThank you to everyone who participated in this year's writing contest. Our judges are busy reviewing submissions, winners will be announced May 28. 

Check back to read the winning stories and poems.

Baby & Me

baby on back smilingSpend some special one-on-one time with your baby and connect to other families and babies over Zoom. 

Each week Laura will lead songs, stories, bounces, and rhymes designed to support your child's development and learning. 

Each registrant will receive a box of materials to use for the duration of the program, to help you and your baby participate and have fun. 

When: Spring session runs April 21 to June 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 am
Ages: 0 to 12 Months with a Caregiver

Spring Session is full.

Story Time @ Home 

Subscribe to receive weekly Story Time @ Home emails from Kelly!  Each email will have a video of stories, fingerplays, drama, felt games and songs, all based on a theme drawn from the book of the week! 

We will also include links to activities, craft ideas, and other library resources to help encourage a love of books and reading in children ages 2 through 4 years.

When: Spring Session runs April 6 to June 15, 2021
All Ages

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PJ Family Story Time

Large family laughing in pajamasPut on your PJs, collect your stuffies, and cue up the computer, it's time to gather as a family and take part in a PJ Family Story Time over Zoom! 

We will share stories, rhymes and songs that will help everyone feel cozy and connected. After that, we will work on a special craft together!  

Take & Make activity kits will be available for pick up at the Main Check-Out Desk the week before the program. 

When: Tuesdays from 6 to 7pm on Zoom
All Ages

Kids Build LEGO

lego storm trooper on skateboardAttention LEGO lovers!

Let's build and create together on Zoom. Join us as we share and learn new techniques, skills, and ideas. Be challenged and inspired by other amazing builders.

Share your child's creation with us so we can share it on our social profiles. Please email photos to LibraryPhotos@Peterborough.ca

When: Thursdays on Zoom. Space is limited. 
Ages: 5-8 years

Kids Scavenger Hunt

Young boy looking through magnifying glassJoin us for a fun, fast-paced Zoom scavenger hunt and games night. Games may include code-breaking, trivia, or charades – we have lots of ideas!  

When: Thursdays on Zoom
Ages: 5-8 years

Read Aloud Chapter Book Club - Zoey & Sassafras 

Let's read a book together! Subscribe today to receive the first installment in the series of Read Aloud Chapter Book Club emails.  These will include a video of Kelly reading a chapter or two aloud and some fun activities and library resources based on themes drawn from the book.

When: Spring Series starts May 1
Ages: 6 to 8 years
Book: Zoey & Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro

 

Subscribe to Read Aloud Chapter Book Club Zoey & Sassafras emails

Grab & Go Craft Kits 

Visit the library every Saturday and bring home some extra fun with our Grab & Go Craft Kits for kids. Each kit contains the materials and instructions you need to make a fun craft or an activity at home.

Kits will be available Saturday mornings, on a first-come-first-serve basis, at the Main Check-Out Desk starting April 10, 2021. Curbside Pickup protocols apply.

Ages: 4+ years  

  • May 1: An Elephant Knows (Nose)!
  • May 8: Flower Hand Gift Card
  • May 15: Paper Spinner Toys
  • May 22: Royal Birthday Crowns
  • May 29: Bobble Bumble Bee

Tween Book Club

Each month we will meet virtually for some laughs and fun discussions around our monthly book club title. This program is a great way to get your Tween reading and talking about books! 

When: One Thursday each month, from 7 to 8pm on Zoom
Ages: 9-12 years

  • May 20: Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • June 17: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

To register: Please send us an email

PA Day Program

Patch hiding in the book stacksPatch has been out and about, and we have the pictures to prove it! We challenge you to go outside and take a selfie in one or all the spots Patch visited for a chance to win a prize!

You can earn one ballot for every location photo you submit. Images must be uploaded along with your online entry form by 8:00 pm on June 11 to enter the contest. We will randomly draw three winning names on Monday, June 14. Prizes will be available for pickup at the Children's Information desk.

Check back for full details in May

Summer Programs and TD Summer Reading Club

Spend your summer holiday with the library. Over the summer we offer a variety of programs, performances and free special events for families with children of all ages.

 

Our Summer program guide is available at the library or on our events calendar in June.


Stop the summer slide by signing up for the TD Summer Reading Club, Canadas largest bi-lingual reading program. This program encourages children of all ages to continue reading throughout the summer with activities, challenges and prizes!