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For Kids

Children's Programming

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.

Dive into learning!

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.
22 April 2024
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Are you interested in learning to code? Together we will dive into what Fiero Coding has to offer to get you coding on your own using block based coding, HTML, […]

24 April 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Join us for a fun-filled program with stories, songs, and sensory activities. Perfect for preschoolers aged 2-5 every Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am at the Trenton Branch.

24 April 2024
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Frankford Branch, 22 North Trent Street
Frankford, Ontario K0K 2C0 Canada

Perfect for crafty kids, this school-aged program guides kids through a creative activity just for them. Join us on the last Wednesday of every month for fun at the Frankford […]

25 April 2024
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Frankford Branch, 22 North Trent Street
Frankford, Ontario K0K 2C0 Canada

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 from 11am to 11:30am […]

25 April 2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Join us each week as we explore a different Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math activity. Drop-in Thursdays from 4pm -4:45pm at the Trenton Branch. Recommended for School-Age children. 

26 April 2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

The Makerspace is for kids too! Join us weekly on Fridays to try your hand at 3D printing, laser engraving, designing in Canva, coding, vinyl cutting, the list goes on […]

27 April 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Frankford Branch, 22 North Trent Street
Frankford, Ontario K0K 2C0 Canada

Drop-in every other Saturday starting January 6th, 2024 for LEGO Club at the Frankford Branch!

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.

It’s a Whole New World: Digital Literacy for Families
Empower your family with digital literacy skills at the Quinte West Public Library!
It’s a Whole New World is a digital literacy program for families that offers guidance and resources to help you navigate the digital world with confidence. From AI to social media safety, our program covers a wide range of topics to ensure that you and your loved ones are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive online.
Join us at the Trenton Branch of the library on select Fridays:

Friday, April 12 from 4pm to 5pm: Digital Habits. What are digital habits? And how do we make sure our families have good digital habits? Drop by the Trenton branch for a conversation about the way we use our devices and digital resources. All ages welcome and encouraged. Registration required, but drop in space may be available.

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. Sign in for Babytime here.


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. Sign in for Preschool Storytime 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:

Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

For ages 8 – 17.

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