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For Kids

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! Please email vanessa.pritchard@quintewest.ca with any inquiries.

QWPL kid's book drive (November 1 - 30)

Kids Book Drive
We’re looking for donations of new children’s books in order to distribute books to children who may not otherwise own a book.  This program promotes awareness of the importance of books in a child’s life while supporting family literacy.
Book donations will be accepted in both Trenton and Frankford from November 1st – 30th in order to be distributed through local social agencies throughout December.

AniMail - November 2022

Throughout November, children are invited to write a letter to an animal at the Humane Society Hastings prince Edward.  Pictures of the animal having the letter read to them will be distributed to participants.
Drop by the Trenton or Frankford library to choose an animal to write to and drop off your letter.
In partnership with the:
Humane Society, Hasting Prince Edward

frankford fun - November 30th

Frankford Fun - Silly Sandwich
Create a Silly Sandwich
Join us for 
Frankford Fun!
Wednesday November 30th
from 4:30 pm – to 5:30 pm.
Registration is required.
Recommended for ages 6+

Gingerbread Kits! - Available Starting December 1st

Gingerbread Kits
Gingerbread Kits!
Pick up a free kit starting
December 1st
Kits available at either QWPL location
while supplies last.
For all ages!
Email a picture of your gingerbread creation to 
by December 18th.
Photos will be shared to our Facebook page.

Oh snap! a photography contest for students - ages 7 - 14

Oh Snap
Check out this fun contest from the 
Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board!
For ages 7 – 14
Contest open December 5th to January 8th
Visit bayofquinte.ca/photo
to enter.
Winning photographs will be displayed in the lobby at the library.

frankford fun - december 14th

Frankford Fun - December
Hand Painted Ornament
Join us for 
Frankford Fun
Wednesday December 14th 
from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Registration is required.
Recommended for ages 6+


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

Starting Thursday September 8th.

Babies and their caregiver are invited to join us in person for tickles, bounces, shakers, and board books.
*Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:00 am at the Trenton Branch.
This program is drop in and recommended for ages birth to 2 years.

Fall session begins on Wednesday September 7th.

Children and their caregivers are invited to join us in person for stories, rhymes and music, followed by an activity.
Wednesdays from 10-10:45 am at the Trenton Branch.
This program is drop in and recommended for ages 2 to 5 years.

QWPL – Trenton Branch.

Unable to attend Preschool Storytime in person, you can view past videos by clicking here.

Afterschool Activities
Join us every week for a fun new activity to explore, create, or play.
Thursdays from 4-5pm at the Trenton Branch.
November Activities:
November 24th – Paper Chain Challenge
December Activities:
December 1 – Hand painted ornament
December 8 – Winter Bunting
December 15 – Doodle Cards
This drop in program is recommended for ages 6+.

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.

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

We are thrilled to partner with Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario in order to increase our French language collection for children. Thanks to their generous donation we were able to purchase 293 new titles that can be enjoyed by our community at either our Trenton or Frankford locations. We would like to thank CEPEO, as well as École élémentaire et secondaire publique Cité Jeunesse and Marc-Garneau for all of their support. Merci!

Drop in to the Children’s area at Trenton or Frankford any time the library is open for various crafts or activities. This is not a structured program but instead provides materials for children to explore an activity or craft on their own.
Please see our Events Calendar for weekly activities.

This program is for youngsters to explore their messy side through various types of process art.

This is Drop In program and is recommended for ages 2 – 5.
First Monday of the month from 10:00 – 11:00 am .
Quinte West Public Library – Trenton Branch

Upcoming dates: 
November 7th and December 5th.

Join us every week to learn and play chess and board games.
Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Trenton Branch.
This is a Drop In program for ages 8 – 17.

This program is run in partnership with St. Leonard’s Community Support YouthReach program.

Joignez-vous à Mme Annie et Mme Mélanie pour des histoires et une activité, samedi 19 novembre 2022 à 10 h 30.
Pour les 2 – 8 ans.

Pour plus de détails, visitez:  ecolecatholique.ca/matineeslitteraires