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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.

Summer 2022

Join us at the Quinte West Public Library – Trenton Branch
on Saturday August 13th, 2022, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm –
for creative fun for adults, kids and teens!
Activities include T-shirt design, Create a Creeper, Needle Felting, Button Making and so much more…

For more information check out the Maker Fest Brochure

June 25 – August 27
Register at the link below. Pick up your reading materials at either location starting June 25th. Read anything you want and track it in your reading booklet. Earn beads to add to your reading necklace for every 15 minutes that you read. Each time you report to the library you will also earn a ballot for our monthly prize draws (limit of 1 per day).
Pre-register for our Kid’s Summer Reading Club by June 25th and get entered into our early bird prize draw for a Squishmallow! 

Junior Summer Programs – Registration Required.
Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Trenton Branch.

This program involves more in depth art & STEM activities.  
Registration Information:
The same program will run twice in a day. 
Please select only one time slot per program.
Registration will open 2 weeks prior to the program.
See below for the full list of Junior Programs:

Aug 9 – Faux Tie Dye @ 11am (registration opens July 26) (register here)
Aug 9 – Faux Tie Dye @ 2pm (register here)
Aug 16 – Glitter Slime @ 11am (register here)
Aug 16 – Glitter Slime @ 2pm (register here)
Aug 23 – Sand Art @ 11am (registration opens August 9)
Aug 23 – Sand Art @ 2pm

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.
This program is drop in and recommended for ages birth to 2 years.
Fridays from 10-10:30am at the Trenton Branch

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

QWPL – Trenton Branch.

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

Join us every week for a fun new activity to explore, create, or play.
This drop in program is recommended for ages 7+.
Wednesdays from 4-5pm at the Frankford Branch
Thursdays from 4-5pm at the Trenton Branch.

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 for a different activity each week. This is not a structured program but instead provides materials and instructions for children to explore an activity or craft on their own. Each activity varies in difficulty so may appeal to different age groups on different weeks.
These stations will be available at the Trenton Branch everyday from 3pm until close, and all day Saturday.
The stations will be available at our Frankford Branch on Saturdays from 10am-3pm. 
Please see our Events Calendar for weekly activities.
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