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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 jeanette.deboer@quintewest.ca with any inquiries.

September programs


This program is for any and all kids to explore new ways to create a masterpiece. Bring your creativity and dress for a mess!  

Monday, Sep 18 from 10am – 11am. For all ages. Trenton Branch.

Toddler STEAM

Science, technology, engineering, and math! This program allows children to explore the world around them in a whole new way. Recommended for ages 3-5.

Wednesdays, 2pm-2:45pm Sep, 13, 20, and 27. Trenton Branch.

After School Activities

Join us every week for a fun new activity to explore, create, or play. Recommended for school-age children. 

Thursdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Sep, 14, 21 and 28. Trenton Branch.

Music, Movement and Stories

An interactive literacy experience for children and their caregivers combining music, storytelling and movement activities. Perfect for families with children under the age of 5.

Thursdays at 11am starting Sep 14. Frankford Branch

Frankford Fun

Perfect for crafty kids, this school-aged program guides kids through a creative project just for them. Join us to make an Emoji Planter! Registration required.

Wednesday, September 27, 4:30-5:30pm. For school-age children. Frankford Branch.

Back-to-School Storytime

Back to school, back to routines, back to the library! Drop by for an all-ages story-time and back-to-school activity. It’s the perfect time to get your little scholars a stack of books and their very own library cards!

Saturday, Sep 16 from 10am – 10:30am at the Trenton Branch. 

PA Day Fun!

Customize your own tic tac toe game using the Glowforge! Ages 8+. Please choose only 1 time to attend. Supplies will be provided and there is no cost for this program.

Monday, Sep 25 from 10-11am OR 11:30am – 12:30pm. Trenton Branch. For ages 8+

Belly’s Book Club

Kids! Want to read books AND win tickets to Belleville Senators hockey games? Join Belly’s Book Club! Pick up your reading tracker once a month at either the Frankford or Trenton Branch.

Recurring programs

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
Wiggle wiggle hands, wiggle wiggle toes!
This program is designed for the youngest library visitors and their caregivers.
From bounces and tickles, to songs and books, it’s the perfect opportunity to bond with your babyand support their early literacy development.
*Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:00 am at the Trenton Branch.
This program is drop in and recommended for ages birth to 2 years.

August Dates
August 3rd
August 10th
August 17th
August 24th
August 31st
Stories, songs and sensory open-ended crafts.
This program is for the preschool crowd.
Wednesdays from 10-10:45 am at the Trenton Branch.
This program is drop in and recommended for ages 2 to 5 years.
During the Library Renovations at the Trenton Branch – Storytime will be held on Wednesday at the Frankford Branch.
August Dates
August 2nd
August 9th
August 16th
August 23rd
August 30th

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

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!

Learn to play chess and other board games in a welcoming environment. All experience levels are welcome.
This is a drop-in program happening Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Trenton Branch.

Upcoming Dates:

Sep, 12, 19 and 26.

For ages 8 – 17.

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