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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 vanessa.pritchard@quintewest.ca with any inquiries.
17 July 2024
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Frankford Branch, 22 North Trent Street
Frankford, Ontario K0K 2C0 Canada

Summer Fun is coming to Frankford. Each day a different activity will be put on in the back of the library to bring out your creative side! Great activity for […]

18 July 2024
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Frankford Branch, 22 North Trent Street
Frankford, Ontario K0K 2C0 Canada

Summer Fun is coming to Frankford. Each day a different activity will be put on in the back of the library to bring out your creative side! Great activity for […]

18 July 2024
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

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 […]

18 July 2024
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Do you love butterflies? Then this program is for you. We will learn all about our library butterflies, watch them grow and do a little science along the way. All […]

19 July 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

We’re on the move! Join us at various locations throughout Quinte West all summer for fun activities and to learn about what the library has to offer! Great for all […]

20 July 2024
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

The library is the place to be! Each Saturday, join us for activities, arts and crafts, STEAM challenges and more. Check back here for details about each week’s activities. Great […]

20 July 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Create a project using our Glowforge laser cutter, 3D printer and Cricut cutter. Pick from various project options!  Great drop-in activity for families to craft together. No registration required. Saturdays […]

22 July 2024
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Each week we’re turning our program room into an art studio! Drop by to explore a new artistic medium or technique - all supplies provided. All you need to do […]

23 July 2024
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

The Makerspace is for kids too! Join us for a guided makerspace project using the Glowforge, Cricut, Canva, 3D printer, and more! Check our website for details about each week’s […]

23 July 2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Calling those who enjoy getting their hands dirty. Each week we will dive into a different messy activity.  Recommended for ages 6 and above. July 2: Painting with weird objects […]

23 July 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Bring your fabric and your pattern, and come by our sewing studio to sew alongside other sewing enthusiasts! This is a self-guided program, with no staff on hand. Registration for […]

24 July 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

It’s back! In partnership with the Quinte West Public Works department, it’s the experience of the summer for our community! Come on out and see dump trunks and zambonis, fire […]

25 July 2024
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Frankford Branch, 22 North Trent Street
Frankford, Ontario K0K 2C0 Canada

Summer Fun is coming to Frankford. Each day a different activity will be put on in the back of the library to bring out your creative side! Great activity for […]

25 July 2024
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

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 […]

25 July 2024
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Do you love butterflies? Then this program is for you. We will learn all about our library butterflies, watch them grow and do a little science along the way. All […]

26 July 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

We’re on the move! Join us at various locations throughout Quinte West all summer for fun activities and to learn about what the library has to offer! Great for all […]

27 July 2024
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

The library is the place to be! Each Saturday, join us for activities, arts and crafts, STEAM challenges and more. Check back here for details about each week’s activities. Great […]

27 July 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Create a project using our Glowforge laser cutter, 3D printer and Cricut cutter. Pick from various project options!  Great drop-in activity for families to craft together. No registration required. Saturdays […]

29 July 2024
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Each week we’re turning our program room into an art studio! Drop by to explore a new artistic medium or technique - all supplies provided. All you need to do […]

30 July 2024
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

The Makerspace is for kids too! Join us for a guided makerspace project using the Glowforge, Cricut, Canva, 3D printer, and more! Check our website for details about each week’s […]

30 July 2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Calling those who enjoy getting their hands dirty. Each week we will dive into a different messy activity.  Recommended for ages 6 and above. July 2: Painting with weird objects […]

30 July 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Bring your fabric and your pattern, and come by our sewing studio to sew alongside other sewing enthusiasts! This is a self-guided program, with no staff on hand. Registration for […]

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

Join us for stories and songs on the lawn behind the library followed by a stroll along the shore! We will meet indoors in the event of inclement weather or […]

31 July 2024
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

Explore the Buster Alyea Children’s Garden with us! Every week, we will have games, activities, and stories in the garden. Wednesdays from 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM in the Buster […]

31 July 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Trenton Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
Quinte West, Ontario, Ontario K8V 5R6 Canada

This is an exclusive book club for those who love to be read to! Over the course of the summer, we will read the book, The Wild Robot by Peter […]

Kids Write: For aspiring authors!
Join our engaging 6-week writing program where you’ll craft a book from inception to completion – from writing the narrative to illustrating the scenes, and even printing the final masterpiece!
 
At the end of this program, your finished book could be catalogued and added to our library collection for the Quinte West community to enjoy!
 
Join us every Saturday from May 18 to June 22, from 1:30pm to 3pm, in the Activity Room at the Trenton Branch (7 Creswell Dr, Trenton). This program is open to aspiring authors aged 8 and above. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to bring your stories to life!
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, May 24 from 4 PM – 5 PM Library of the future: Are libraries obsolete? You already know our answer! Sure, libraries have faced their challenges as the world changes, but as leaders in information and technology, we have always been here to support our communities through a fast moving world. Come to the library for a presentation to learn about all the surprising ways libraries are fulfilling their communities’ needs, both locally, and around the world. Registration required, but drop in space may be available. 

Friday, June 21 from 4 PM – 5 PM Cyberbullying: What it is and what to do about it: Bullying is hard enough to deal with when it’s in person, but what are you supposed to do when your child’s bully has followed them online? Join us for a conversation about cyberbullying, what it can look like, and how to address it with your children.

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.