Parents and Students
Distance Learning Support: Need help navigating the new classroom setting? Set up an appointment to get support with Google classroom, online resources, and other useful learning tools available at the Library. Email [email protected] for details.
NoveList K-8 Plus: Looking for the next great read for younger readers? Find fiction and non-fiction books just right for their reading level. Click here to access with your Library Card.
Need support for your class or homeschool? Check out the virtual outreach offerings from the Library! Our library staff can meet with you and your class or homeschool in a live or pre-recorded setting depending on needs and preferences. The Library has worked with many local schools in the past and we are happy to adjust or bring back activities that we may have run in your class in previous years. There is no charge for an outreach session.
Library programming focused on literacy aims to support early child development, enhance school learning and support equal opportunity by bridging the gap between varying income brackets. Suitable for any age group!
- Early Literacy Storytime (Pre-Readers)
- Interactive Non-Fiction or story workshops (Readers)
- Borrow a Literacy Kit: A themed storytime session in a box these kits offer books, songs, and rhymes ready for you to use!
STEAM programs allow students to explore and problem solve in combined subject areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Our STEAM programs are suitable for grades 4 and up, and will be customized to your age group.
Stay at Home Science – Pick from our list of questions OR submit your own simple science question. We research, provide the science behind the answer and give you a challenge, and experiment to try out at home. Example: How do planes fly? Followed by paper airplane experiments. This would be one session, with students prompted for questions in advance.
Construction Challenges – Using household objects, take on challenges provided by library staff. Build the tallest tower, or a bridge crossing between stacks of books. Challenges and material requirements would be provided in advance, with the session focusing on the building and testing.
Machine Learning Challenge – Using Scratch and IBM’s free machine learning software, students will be challenged to teach their computer how to do a task by showing it a set of examples. Students will teach a computer to play a card game!
Stop Motion Animation Challenge – Use household objects and a Chromebook or other camera to create animation. Students have the option of using clip art or stock photos for their animations if camera access is limited. Students will use Google Slides, Google Photos or Scratch to bring their creations to life one frame at a time.
To book an outreach visit, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line: BOOK OUTREACH. In this email, please include which program you are interested in, your grade and if you’re preferred timeslot/class period. Please include the top three available dates for your class to allow for flexible scheduling.
Grow Into Reading Programs
Grow Into Reading story times present interactive activities that support the development of early literacy skills. Children who are exposed to reading and writing before the age of 5 are better equipped for future academic success. These programs are based on the principles and skills of the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, created by the American Library Association.
Books For Babies
Included in our Books for Babies kit is a board book, as well as other useful information from the Library and community.
This literacy project is a service designed to introduce the public library to parents and babies from birth to six months and is available to Library cardholders.
Stop by your local branch with your little one today!
EarlyON Child and Family Centre Partnerships
EarlyON Child and Family Centre programs offer a range of free programs that support parents and caregivers, encourage positive interactions with children and provide information regarding early learning and child development.
Services are available at the EarlyON Child and Family Centre, Newmarket Main Centre (905-853-0754), our Keswick Main Centre (905-476-3834), and community locations throughout Newmarket, Georgina, and East Gwillimbury.
You can access more information about Ontario Early Years, child development, parenting, and health by clicking here.
AWE Early Literacy Stations
Explore digital learning with your child using our AWE stations and access hundreds of learning activities that support early literacy.