Parents' Corner

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Information & inspiration for parents & caregivers

Programs & Outreach

We’re taking a hybrid approach this year to keep you & your family safe.

Storytime Online

Sign up to receive weekly story videos in your inbox!

Pen Pals

Sign up to get paired up with a local pen pal! Letters are exchanged through the library, so addresses are not shared, only fun! 

Owl Tutoring

Owls Tutoring offers free one-on-one homework help for children in Junior Kindergarten-Grade 8. Sessions run on weekdays after school and this year, we’re expanding to Saturdays! Registration is required and opens on September 1st, 2021.

Daycare 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.

Class Visits

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.

This year, we’re also offering book boxes for the Fall season in place of in-person visits to the library. Each month, a class with a regularly scheduled monthly visit will receive a new book box with an assortment of titles for all interests & reading levels!

Our Mission

The mission of the Perth & District Union Public Library is to provide access to information and reading resources in an open and welcoming environment, thus supporting and improving the community’s quality of life.

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Find us

30 Herriott St
Perth ON K7H 1T2

Hours (starting July 27)

Monday 10am-5pm
Tuesday 10am-7pm
Wednesday 10am-7pm
Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Get in Touch

Children’s Librarian

Heidi Taber

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Book recommendations from Indigo books for every stage of reader!


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Help From Other Organizations

Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation

Tips & resources to help you build your child’s literacy skills.

Media Smarts

Resources to teach your child digital and media literacy skills.

Brain Story

Support your child’s brain development with Brain Story.

Children's Resources on Wheels - Lanark

A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening child care, family life, child development and community links in Lanark County.

items borrowed in 2019

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Children’s Use of the Library Policy

1 – Children’s Use of Library Materials
For the purposes of library use, children are considered to be those under 14 years of age. Parents/guardians of children under 14 are responsible for items taken out on their child’s account, including any fines or fees incurred. Responsibility for children’s use of library materials, including computers and internet access, rests solely with their parents/guardians. It is not the library’s responsibility to restrict children’s access to any of its materials, services, or facilities, and the library will not do so. There are no restrictions on the types of material children may check out on their cards. After a library user has turned 14, the library will not provide information about that child’s account to a parent or guardian. After that age, the child will also bear full responsibility for fees or fines incurred on the account.

2 – Children’s Use of Library Space
While on library property, children are the responsibility of their parents, guardians, or caregivers. Children 5 and under must remain in the company of a caregiver of at least 14 years of age. Caregivers of children ages 6-10 must remain in the building while children are on site and are responsible for the behaviour of children in their care. Staff members do not and cannot provide child care services and do not assume responsibility for children on library property. Disruptive, rude, threatening, or abusive behaviour may result in staff asking the child to leave or having the child banned for a period of time. Parents or caregivers who fail to supervise children properly may also have their library privileges restricted or suspended.
See Policy 2.G-11: Patron Code of Conduct.

In accordance with the Ontario Child and Family Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.C.11, library staff members have a legal duty to report children who are inadequately supervised. Ontario Provincial Police and/or Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville may be called in to deal with such situations.


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