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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.

frankford fun - wednesday march 29th

Frankford Fun - Rock Painting
Frankford Fun!
Come join us at QWPL – Frankford Branch
Wednesday March 29th, 2023
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
for a 
Rock Painting Session!
This program is for ages 6+.
Registration is Required

Frankford Fun - Wednesday April 26th

Frankford Fun!
Come join us at QWPL – Frankford Branch
Wednesday April 26th, 2023
to make
Hi/Hello Cricut Cards
Make fun cards to say hello to all of your friends.
Registration is Required.

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
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.
March Dates:
March 23rd
March 30th
April Dates:
April 6th
April 13th
April 20th
April 27th
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.
March Dates:
March 22, 2023
March 30, 2023
April Dates:
April 5, 2023
April 12, 2023
April 19, 2023
April 26, 2023
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.
March Activities:

March 23 – Magic Colour Transfer
March 30th – Pancakes

April Activities:
April 6th – Peeps STEM Challenge
April 13th – Hidden Treasure Cupcakes
April 20th – Recycle Bin Stamps
April 27th – Minute to win it challenges
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: 
Monday April 3rd

Please note: There is no Kinder Art program for March.

Join us every week to learn and play chess and board games.
All experience levels are welcome.
This is a drop-in program.
Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Trenton Branch.
Upcoming Dates:
March  21st and 28th.
April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th  
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 25 mars à 10 h 30
samedi 22 avril à 10 h 30

Pour les 2 – 8 ans.

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