Parents and Students
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 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): explore the library’s collection of picture books along with songs and rhymes.
- Non-Fiction or library research workshops (Readers): learn how the library organises all our books and how to find them on your own.
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 3 and up. Programs can be tailored to your class needs.
Construction Challenges – Using different materials, take on challenges provided by library staff. Build the tallest tower, earthquake resistant buildings, or a bridge crossing between stacks of books. The library will coordinate with teachers in advance of the visit to adapt the activity so they support class units.
Living Library: Use Makey Makeys and design principles to help your library, or classroom, be more exciting! Create talking doors, interactive displays and more while learning about electricity.
Stop Motion Stories: Practice storyboarding and storytelling skills with a stop motion movie! Using Lego and Scratch, create a movie that showcases your directing and teamwork abilities.
Maker Technology Support: If you need support with 3D printing or Cricut Access, reach out to us for demos or how-tos.
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 your 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.