Begin with Books
To improve reading and literacy skills in young children, we offer a book bag for every baby born in our city. Each Begin with Books bag contains a board book and information about the libraries. The bags are given to new parents by the Maternal and Child Health nurse at the four month visit.
1000 books before school
Did you know reading just 10 minutes a day can instill a lifelong love of books and learning in young children? 1000 Books Before School is a new reading initiative that supports families to share stories with their children every day and encourage early reading habits. Parents and caregivers can register at their local branch to get started and receive a reading record and a special book bag. Rewards will be given for reaching each milestone. Please visit your local branch to register.
Improving your child’s literacy
The library subscribes to a number of online resources to engage your children’s love of learning and improve their literacy skills.
Busythings is a learning resource which targets pre-schooler's creative development, problem solving, numeracy, communication and literacy.
Animated, interactive picture books for children. Kids can choose to read the stories themselves, have the stories read to them, or a combination of reading/listening.
You can find audiobook versions of children's classics such as:
- Black Beauty
- Swiss Family Robinson
- Winnie the Pooh
- The Wizard of Oz
- Alice in Wonderland
Some picture books are also available in French and Spanish
This is perfect for primary school students who like to play games while improving their spelling, reading and comprehension skills. You can work through progressively harder tests and earn coins for completing games that can be "spent" on dressing your avatar in different outfits and costumes.
Students in grades four and above can chat to qualified tutors online to get immediate help with different subject areas.
Log on to chat from Monday to Friday between 4pm and 8pm.
Kids can find websites to help them read, learn, think, play and create.
Links to resources that will help children, teens and adults to stay safe online.