Children's Summer Programs

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Central Library

Colour Mixing Lab

Explore colours through a series of colour-mixing stations. Warning: May get messy.

  • Thursday, July 6
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 2 - 5 with cargiver
  • Free
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Captain Underpants Adventure

Calling all fans of Captain Underpants! Celebrate the release of the movie with an afternoon of fun activities based on Dav Pilkey’s book series.

  • Friday, July 7
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 10
  • Story Hour Room
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Canada 150 Bingo

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with some rounds of Canada-inspired bingo. Test your knowledge of Canada and see if you can get a BINGO!

  • Tuesday, July 11
  • 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Ages 5 - 9
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Munsch Madness

Dragons and snowsuits and alligators, oh my! Celebrate the wacky books of Canadian author Robert Munsch with stories, rhymes and a craft.

  • Thursday, July 20
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

3D Printing for Kids

Discover the world of 3D printing and learn how to prepare and print 3D items. The program fee includes the printing of an item using up to 30 grams of filament. Printed items will need to be picked up at a later date.

  • Friday, July 21
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Fee: $5.00 + HST
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Star Wars STEM

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. A short waiting list will be taken. **
It is a period of civil unrest and the Rebel Alliance is fighting for freedom from the evil Galactic Empire. Put your Jedi abilities to use in engineering ships, droids and other tools to help save the galaxy.

  • Tuesday, July 25
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 11
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Inspired by Artists: Group of Seven

We’re bringing nature indoors for children to paint from observation, just like the Group of Seven did when they were inspired by the Canadian landscape.

  • Thursday, July 27
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 5 - 9
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

3D Printing for Kids

Discover the world of 3D printing and learn how to prepare and print 3D items. The program fee includes the printing of an item using up to 30 grams of filament. Printed items will need to be picked up at a later date.

  • Wednesday, August 2
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Fee: $5.00 + HST
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

3D Printing for Kids

** Please note: This session is currently fully registered. Space is still available in the 2:00pm session. **
Discover the world of 3D printing and learn how to prepare and print 3D items. The program fee includes the printing of an item using up to 30 grams of filament. Printed items will need to be picked up at a later date.

  • Wednesday, August 2
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Fee: $5.00 + HST
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

A Day in the Life of a Canadian Astronaut

Calling all little astronauts, from across the stars to the moon, to blast off for stories, rhymes and crafts all about space.

  • Thursday, August 3
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 3 - 6 with caregiver
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Fun with Franklin

Join us for stories, rhymes and a craft about Franklin the Turtle, who has had many adventures from his first day of school to learning how to ride a bike.

  • Wednesday, August 9
  • 6:30 - 7:15 pm
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

3D Printing for Kids

Discover the world of 3D printing and learn how to prepare and print 3D items. The program fee includes the printing of an item using up to 30 grams of filament. Printed items will need to be picked up at a later date.

  • Saturday, August 12
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Fee: $5.00 + HST
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Pipe Cleaner Critters & Crafts

Twist them and turn them, make spirals or keep them straight – we’re making cute critters, lovely flowers, and more using nothing but pipe cleaners.

  • Tuesday, August 15
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 6 - 10
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Music Time

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. **
Feeling musical? Explore music through a variety of activities, from playing instruments, singing to colourful scarf dancing.

  • Wednesday, August 16
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 2 - 5 with caregiver
  • Free
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Moana’s Excellent Adventure

Join us as we set sail on an afternoon of fun with activities, games and a craft inspired by the movie ‘Moana’.

  • Friday, August 18
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 5 - 8
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Giant Jenga

How tall can you stack ‘em? The Library is playing a giant game of Jenga so join us to win and don’t miss out on the fun.

  • Tuesday, August 22
  • 2:30 - 3:15 pm
  • Ages 7 - 11
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Mills Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Dr. Huq Family Library Branch

Preschool Science Story Time

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. **
Each week we will read a book, discuss the science of the story and do a hands-on science activity inspired by the story.

  • Thursdays, July 6 - 27
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Ages 3 - 6 with caregiver
  • Fee: $5.00 for the 4 week session
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Makey Makey Lab

Learn about electronics and turn everyday objects, like bananas and tinfoil, into controllers.

  • Wednesdays, July 12 - August 2
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Fee: $4.00 for he 4 week session

Pyjama Story Time - Life’s a Beach

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. A short waiting list will be taken. **
Wear your coziest pyjamas and join us for an evening of beachy stories and crafts celebrating the sun and sand.

  • Wednesday, July 26
  • 6:30 - 7:15 pm
  • Ages 5 and under with a caregiver
  • Free

Oh My, Butterflies!

Flutter into the Library to make a fancy butterfly craft and hear stories about these colourful creatures.

  • Thursday, August 10
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Fee: $2.00

Kindergarten 101

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. **
This program is designed for children who are starting Kindergarten in September. With a focus on language, social and personal development, the program will help children prepare for Kindergarten through literacy and musical activities. Caregivers must participate for the last 15 minutes of the program each week. Program runs for 3 weeks.

  • Tuesdays, August 15 - 29
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 3 - 4 with caregiver
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Just Dance Kids Wii Party

Join the party and learn fun dance moves with “Just Dance Kids” on the big screen.

  • Friday, August 18
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 6 - 11
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Pyjama Story Time - Explore Summer

Wear your coziest pyjamas and discover the great outdoors through exciting stories and crafts.

  • Wednesday, August 23
  • 6:30 - 7:15 pm
  • Ages 5 and under with caregiver
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Merritt Branch

Chess Club

Do you play chess? Would you like to learn? Join us for a series of chess workshops for beginners and experienced players.

  • Thursdays, July 6 – August 10
  • 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Ages 6 - 9
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Starry Night

Spend an ‘evening under the stars’ at the Library. Enjoy some stories and then build a constellation viewer to check out the stars.

  • Tuesday, July 11
  • 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Ages 3 - 6 with caregiver
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Preschool Discovery Lab

Explore different topics such as movement, gravity, materials, sound and music through stories and activities.

  • Tuesdays, July 18 - August 1
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 3 - 6 with caregiver
  • Fee: $3.00 for the 3 week session
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Canada Collage

Make a colourful collage of a moose, beaver or Canadian flag. Crumple crepe paper, glue and let your imagination run wild.

  • Friday, July 21
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 11
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Inspired By Artists: Barbara Reid

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. A short waiting list will be taken. **
Using modeling clay, we will make artwork inspired by Canadian author Barbara Reid.

  • Wednesday, July 26
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 12
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Canadian Olympics

Do you have what it takes to win the Canadian Olympics? Who will take home the desired First Place Trophy? Test your skills with Canadian inspired trivia, games and crafts.

  • Thursday, August 17
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 6 - 11
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Kindergarten 101

This program is designed for children who are starting Kindergarten in September. With a focus on language, social and personal development, the program will help children prepare for Kindergarten through literacy and musical activities. Caregivers must participate for the last 15 minutes of the program each week. Program runs for 3 weeks.

  • Wednesdays, August 16 - 30
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 3 - 4 with caregiver
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Port Dalhousie Branch

Crafternoons

Drop in for crafts and activities. We provide the materials, you let your creativity run wild. Parents or older siblings may need to help younger children with activities.

  • Saturdays, July 8, 22 and August 5, 19
  • 1:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 10 and under
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 500.

Pyjama Story Time - Oh Canada!

Wear your coziest pyjamas and join us as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

  • Thursday, July 13
  • 6:30 - 7:15 pm
  • Ages 5 and under with caregiver
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 500.

Canadian Olympics

Do you have what it takes to win the Canadian Olympics? Who will take home the desired First Place Trophy? Test your skills with Canadian inspired trivia, games and crafts.

  • Thursday, August 10
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 6 - 11
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 500.

Tween Summer Programs

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Central Library

I Am Canadian Series: Tabletop Ice Hockey

Using everyday materials, we will be making miniature ice hockey arenas that you can take home and play on. Game on!

  • Wednesday, July 5
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

I Am Canadian Series: Canada 200 Years Ago

What was life like in Canada a few hundred years ago? Explore the past with some activities and snacks straight from the 19th century.

  • Wednesday, July 12
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

The Beautiful Art of Bookfolding

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. A short waiting list will be taken. **
Learn how to make beautiful, unique sculptures out of books. All materials and instructions will be provided.

  • Friday, July 14
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Free
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

I Am Canadian Series: Buttons ‘n Accessories

Experiment in our Shrinky Dinks laboratory, learn how to use a button maker and create an Inuksuk. Participants will be crafting a variety of buttons, pins, and magnets – all with a Canadian theme.

  • Wednesday, July 19
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Balloon Drums

Join us in making our own musical instruments using balloons, containers, and a little bit of imagination.

  • Friday, August 11
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Free
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Pixel Stitching for Tweens

Do you think in pixels? Try the pixel art of cross-stitch. Learn the basics of cross-stitching and start your own project to take home with you. Fee includes materials.

  • Wednesday, August 16
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 10 - 14
  • Fee: $5.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild WiiU Group Play

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. A short waiting list will be taken. **
Are you stoked about the new Legend of Zelda game? We are too. Explore the wilds of Hyrule with like-minded individuals. Whether you have never played before, or you are an expert – come join us for an interactive gaming experience.

  • Thursday, August 24
  • 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Ages 8 - 13
  • Free
  • Rotary Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Dr. Huq Family Library Branch

Make Your Own Canadian Banner

** Please note: This program is currently fully registered. **
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with an easy to make patriotic bunting banner. Display your Canadian pride inside or outside your home.

  • Friday, July 7
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Weave a Hogwarts Scarf Bookmark

Inspired by the bestselling Harry Potter books, we will provide all you need to make a Hogwarts house scarf bookmark with a simple cardboard loom.

  • Wednesday, July 19
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 10 - 15
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Pinned Projects

** Please Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken. **
Create a Pinterest-inspired photo display board. Bring your pictures from home or use our computers to download your favourites.

  • Wednesday, August 23
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 8 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Merritt Branch

Chess Club

Do you play chess? Would you like to learn how to play chess? Please join us for a series of chess workshops for both beginners and experienced players.

  • Thursdays, July 6 - August 10
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Ages 10 - 14
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Port Dalhousie Branch

Apprentice Adventurers

Ever wanted to be in a fantasy adventure? Join a band of other brave wizards, bards and knights in this tabletop roleplaying game, where you will fight monsters and save kingdoms.

  • Thursdays, July 20 - August 3
  • 2:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Fee: $3.00 for the 3 week session
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 500.

Teen Summer Programs

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Central Library

Paint Party

We will be providing step-by-step instructions for how to recreate a gorgeous painting that you can take home.

  • Saturday, July 8
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12 - 16
  • Fee: $5.00 + HST
  • Story Hour Room
  • Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103, ext. 227.

3D Printing For Teens

** Cancelled **
Discover the world of 3D printing and learn how to prepare and print 3D items. The program fee includes the printing of an item using up to 30 grams of filament. Printed items will need to be picked up at a later date.

  • Saturday, July 22
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12 - 16
  • Free
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103, ext. 227.

Pendulum Painting

Experiment with the science of physics to make your own abstract painting. Bring your creativity and be prepared to get a little messy as we build our own swinging pendulums in the name of art.

  • Friday, August 4
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12 - 16
  • Fee: $3.00 + HST
  • Story Hour Room
  • Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103, ext. 227.

3D Printing For Teens

** Please Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken. **
Discover the world of 3D printing and learn how to prepare and print 3D items. The program fee includes the printing of an item using up to 30 grams of filament. Printed items will need to be picked up at a later date.

  • Saturday, August 19
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12 - 16
  • Free
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103, ext. 227.

Audio Recording 101

Learn to record using Avid Pro Tools First, the freeware version of the industry standard software. You will learn about the basics of recording, editing, processing, mixing, and exporting audio.

  • Tuesday, August 29
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12 - 17
  • Free
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103, ext. 227.

Dr. Huq Family Library Branch

Un-Bored Board Games Tournament

“Risk It” and try to take over the world, or maybe sink a “Battleship” and get into “Trouble.” Put your strategy to the test with these classic board games.

  • Friday, July 21
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Ages 12 - 16
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Merritt Branch

** Cancelled ** Distressed Wooden Flag Art

** Cancelled **
Show off your Canadian pride by making rustic wooden art to hang on your wall.

  • Wednesday, August 9
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Ages 11 - 16
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.