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For Kids

Due to concerns around the ongoing public health situation, there will be no in-person programming for children or youth starting January 2022, until further notice.

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.

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 caregivers are invited to join us virtually for 30 minutes of tickles, bounces, shakers, and board books.

This Drop In Program is for ages Birth to 18 months.
Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 am – 11:30 am.
QWPL – Trenton Branch.

Children and their caregivers are invited to join us in person for 30 minutes of stories, rhymes and music.  This fun program is a great way to teach early literacy skills to your youngster.

This Drop in program is for ages 18 months to 4 years.  
Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:15 am – 10:45 am.
QWPL – Trenton Branch.

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

Each week we’ll have a different activity to explore, create, or play.  The same activity will be done both days of the, so please select only one of the days to attend.

This Drop In programs is for ages 7+.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5 pm.
QWPL – 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!