Kids’ Programs

There’s always something happening for kids at the library!

Got questions? Get in touch! Call the library at 613-267-1224 or e-mail our Children’s Librarian, Ketsia Snider, at ksnider@perthunionlibrary.ca 

School-age 

OWLS Tutoring

Owls Tutoring offers one-on-one reading and writing help for children in Junior Kindergarten-Grade 6. Sessions run on Tuesdays during the school year from 4-4:50pm, 5-5:50pm & 6-6:50p.m. Registration is required. There is no charge. Please call 613-267-1224 or come in to register.

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies pairs children in JK-Gr.6 with experienced volunteers for half-hour sessions of reading time. Read aloud or be read to; bring your own book or pick one from the library! Times and days are flexible. Call 613-267-1224 or come in to register & get your daily 20 minutes of reading in!

Read2gether Book Club

Read2gether is a family book club held the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 613-267-1224 or come in to register.

Early Years

Babytime

Babytime is a half-hour of songs, stories, and rhymes for caregivers and babies under 18 months. Drop in. 

Storytime

Storytime is a fun-filled half-hour of songs and stories for toddlers and their caregivers. Join us Wednesday mornings for fun with Ketsia & Alphabird! Drop in.

EarlyON Playgroup

Playgroup: On Wednesday mornings, EarlyON holds its Perth playgroup at the library from 9 a.m-12 p.m. Playgroup is drop-in for ages 0-6. You are welcome to bring a snack to the playgroup, but no nut products, please. For more information about the playgroup, contact Joyce at EarlyON, (613) 283-0095 x307 or visit crowlanark.com.

Outreach

Class Visits

Do you have a school within walking distance of the library? Consider stopping by for a visit with your class! The library has so much to offer and visits are tailored to meet the needs of your class.

Explore the Makerspace, celebrate the Forest of Reading with a voting party, learn how to use the library & how to find a book you love, get personalized recommendations, learn about all the latest programs, resources, and more!

Students who attend monthly visits with their class receieve the privileges of extended loan periods and waived fines for the period of the school year.

Have a class that’s a little further away? Let the library come to you! We’re happy to make a personal visit to your class to chat about what the library has to offer, all the latest programs and books, and to answer any questions your students may have! Get in touch and we can make sure that your students get connected with a library card.

Homeschool Hub

Every month, the library hosts the Homeschool Hub, a time and space for local homeschooling families to get connected with each other and with library resources. Share homeschool tips & troubles, meet new people, and have fun at the library! One Friday/month, check out our social media for udpates.

 

Home Delivery

Perth Library Early Years (PLEY) Bags of children’s books are distributed to area playgroups in partnership with CROW.

Bags of books are delivered to Home Childcare Providers on a monthly basis by Rotary Club volunteers.

Seasonal Programs

March Break

The library hosts programs from Monday-Friday of the March Break; pick up free tickets ahead of time to secure your spot! Explore the Makerspace, create crafts, participate in workshops…programs updated annually. Check back in January for details.

TD Summer Reading Club

TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. This free program is co-created and delivered by more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada.  It celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. It’s designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading their way – the key to building a lifelong love of reading. 

The Perth Union Library participates every summer with prizes for kids and drop-in programs every weekday! Keep an eye on our summer site for details! 

Summer Literacy Program

The Perth & District Union Public Library’s Summer Literacy Program has been providing support to struggling readers for 30 years! Every Spring, teachers from local schools recommend students in JK-Grade 3 who need extra support in reading & writing. Children are then paired with secondary and post-secondary students for one-on-one tutoring, working together one hour a day over a two-week period.

One of the greatest barriers to children learning to read is low confidence. At the Summer Literacy Program, we aim to build confidence and change attitudes towards reading by making learning fun. Research shows that keeping kids reading over the summer months makes a significant difference in terms of maintaining reading levels between school years.

Click below for links to great activities, games, and resources for learning both online & offline.