Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6

04/08/2021

Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista

05/08/2021

Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches

29/07/2021

Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Children's programs

Parent reading to children

Whether you are the parent of a newborn (congratulations!) or you are looking for activities for toddlers, preschoolers, or older children, the library offers programs that will help you guide your child towards success by promoting language, literacy and social skills. Coming to library programs with your family helps promote family bonding and helps develop habits that lead to success. These programs are free and offered at branches throughout the city.

Library programs for young children are created to include books, songs, fingerplays, puppets, rhymes and activities. These programs help build early literacy, listening, and group participation skills in preparation for school.

Babytime

  • Nursery rhymes, knee bounces, board books stories, songs and lullabies are basic literacy foundations for your baby and a great bonding experience for you both
  • For babies ages 0-18 months old and a parent or caregiver.

Toddlertime

  • Music, dance, movement, rhymes, books, and story activities like puppets and flannel board
  • For toddlers aged 18 months old to 3 years old and a parent or caregiver.

Storytime:

  • Stories, songs, rhymes, book activities like puppets and felts, and maybe a complementary craft!
  • For children ages 19 months to school age.

Family Storytime:

  • Stories, songs and rhymes for the whole family to enjoy together.
  • Geared to each audience with something for everyone - children of all ages and their parents.

For older children

The library hosts a variety of free programs and events each year including homework help, reading buddies, book clubs, author visits, musical performances, STEM programming and more. These encourage your child to develop their language and communication skills while exploring topics of interest. While too numerous and varied to list here, our programs can be searched at through our programs and events page.