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NB: Registration for these programs is handled by the Town of Oakville's IRIS system.

Highlights below.

Rhythm, Rhyme and Read – 3Rs with the YMCA

Let’s rock and read at the 3 Rs parented drop-in program. The Oakville Public Library and YMCA of Oakville partner together to introduce children to early literacy with exciting rhymes, stories, music, and crafts.

Every Wednesday*
1:00pm – 2:00pm
YMCA of Oakville – 410 Rebecca Street
Cost: Free/On-going
Age: 18M-4Y

*No classes December 20 and December 27, 2017

 

Preschool Dance Party!

Get ready to shake your sillies out at this special storytime that focuses on music, movement, and physical literacy! Please arrive early as spaces are limited.
 
Fall Dates:
  • White Oaks Branch – 10:00am-10:30 am
    September 11 to October 9
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00am-10:30 am
    September 14 to October 12
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 10:00am-10:30 am
    September 16 to October 14
Winter Dates:
  • White Oaks Branch – 10:00am-10:30 am
    January 8 to February 5
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00am-10:30 am
    January 11 to February 8
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 10:00am-10:30 am
    January 13 to February 10
Age: 1Y–4Y
Cost: Free/Drop-in

Babytime

It is never too early to introduce your child to books and reading! See your baby laugh and smile, as you sing, clap, bounce, and listen to rhymes and stories. Please arrive early as spaces are limited.

Fall Dates:
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00-10:30am
    September 11 to November 13
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 11:00-11:30am
    September 11 to November 13
  • Woodside Branch – 10:00-10:30am
    September 12 to November 14
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 10:00-10:30am
    September 13 to November 15
Winter Dates:
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00-10:30am
    January 8, 2018 to March 5, 2018
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 11:00-11:30am
    January 8, 2018 to March 5, 2018
  • Woodside Branch – 10:00-10:30am
    January 9, 2018 to March 6, 2018
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 10:00-10:30am
    January 10, 2018 to March 7, 2018
  • White Oaks Branch – 11:00-11:30am
    January 11, 2018 to March 8, 2018
Age: Birth – 1Y
Cost: Free/Drop-in

Tales and Tunes: with the Oakville Parent-Child Centre

Come and join in the fun with your baby! Songs, stories, games and lots of enjoyment make for a fun afternoon out.
 
From September 11 to December 18 and again from January 8, 2018 to March 5, 2018
Iroquois Ridge Branch
1:30pm-2:30pm
Age: 5-12M
Cost: Free/Drop-in

Parachute Play

Children and their caregivers are welcome to join us in exploring all the fun that a parachute has to offer. We will have a great time, singing and bouncing around a giant parachute. Please arrive early to secure your spot.
 
Fall Dates:
  • Central Branch – 11:00am-11:30am
    September 11 to October 9
  • Woodside Branch – 11:00am-11:30am
    September 12 to October 10
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 15 to October 13
Winter Dates:
  • Central Branch – 11:00am-11:30am
    January 8 to February 5
  • Woodside Branch – 11:00am-11:30am
    January 9 to February 6
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 12 to February 9
Age: 2Y-4Y
Cost: Free/Drop-in

Croque Matin from Les Coccinelles d’Oakville Inc.

L’heure du conte en français comprend des chansons, comptines et histoires en français pour les enfants de 0 à 5 ans accompagnés d’un parent ou gardien.

Storytime — in French! Includes songs, nursery rhymes and stories, of course! For children from birth to 5 years old, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

From September 11 to December 18 and again from January 8, 2018 to March 5, 2018
Woodside Branch
10:00am-10:30am
Age: Birth-5Y
Cost: Free/Drop-in

Little English Language Learners with the Halton Multicultural Council, YMCA and Halton Region Health

Come and join this unique program for children to learn basic English skills as well as valuable skills to get ready for school. Each week the children will develop early learning skills through stories, music, and crafts.
 
From September 12 to March 6
9:30am-11:00am
Faith Baptist Church
1415 Trafalgar Road, Oakville
Age: Birth-5Y
Cost: Free/On-going
 
*No classes on January 2 and March 6

Pajama Storytime

Wear your most comfortable pajamas and bring your favourite stuffed animal to an evening storytime filled with books, rhymes and songs.

Fall Dates:

  • Clearview Neighbourhood Branch – 6:30pm-7:00pm
    September 12 to November 14
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 6:00pm-6:30pm
    September 13 to November 15
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 7:00pm-7:30pm
    September 14 to November 16

Winter Dates:

  • Clearview Neighbourhood Branch – 6:30pm-7:00pm
    January 9 to March 6
  • White Oaks – 6:00pm-6:30pm
    January 10 to March 7
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 7:00pm-7:30pm
    January 11 to March 8
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free/Drop-in

Final week for programs are: November 13-19 & March 5-10

Family Storytime

Children of all ages are encouraged to bring their family members to shake their sillies out at this storytime filled with songs, rhymes, and stories and of course fun!

Fall Dates:
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 12 to November 14
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 12 to November 14
  • Central Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 13 to November 15
  • White Oaks Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 13 to November 15
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 13 to November 15
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 11:00am-11:30am
    September 13 to November 15
  • Woodside Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 13 to November 15
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 14 to November 16
  • Central Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 16 to November 18
  • White Oaks Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    September 16 to November 18
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 11:00am-11:30am
    September 16 to November 18
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 11:00am-11:30am (New!)
    September 22 to November 17

Winter Dates:

  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 9 to March 6
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 9 to March 6
  • Central Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 10 to March 7
  • White Oaks Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 10 to March 7
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 10 to March 7
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 11:00am-11:30am
    January 10 to March 7
  • Woodside Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 10 to March 7
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 11 to March 8
  • Central Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 13 to March 10
  • White Oaks Branch – 10:00am-10:30am
    January 13 to March 10
  • Glen Abbey Branch – 11:00am-11:30am
    January 13 to March 10
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Final week for programs are: November 13-19 & March 5-10

Come Together: Intergenerational Storytime (New!)

Join us at our bi-weekly trips to Chartwell Retirement Residence for an Intergenerational Storytime! Come together and let your child sing songs, read stories, and laugh with the neighbours in your community.
 
Chartwell Retirement Residence
180 Oak Park Blvd, Oakville
10:00am-10:30am
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free/Drop-in
 
– September 12
– September 26
– October 10
– October 24
– November 7
– November 21
– January 9, 2018
– January 23, 2018
– February 6, 2018
 
Please arrive early as spots are limited.

Tickles and Tales with the Oakville Parent-Child Centre

Don’t miss this fun-filled hour of baby games, music, rhymes and stories.

1:00pm-2:00pm
Age: Birth-6M
Cost: Free/6 classes

Classes at OP-CC, 461 North Service Road, Oakville:

  • September 12
  • October 24
  • December 5
  • January 30

Classes at OP-CC, 1500 Sixth Line, Oakville:

  • September 14
  • October 26
  • December 7
  • February 1

Please register with the Oakville Parent-Child Centre at www.op-cc.ca.

*No class December 28 and January 3 and 4.

 

Preschool Discovery Lab!

Are you feeling curious?  What better place than the library to exercise a sense of adventure and explore the world around us! Join us as you and your child investigate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematic concepts in fun and exciting ways.

11:00am-12:00pm
Age: 2Y-4Y
Cost: $7

Awesome Apples

  • Monday, September 18 (Iroquois Ridge Branch)
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230207
  • Friday, September 29 (Woodside Branch)
    Register through IRIS  using course code: 230208

Cool Candy Science

  • Monday, October 16 (Iroquois Ridge Branch)
    Register through IRIS  using course code: 230209
  • Friday, October 27 (Woodside Branch)
    Register through IRIS  using course code: 230210

Marvelous Machines

  • Monday, November 20 (Iroquois Ridge Branch)
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230211
  • Friday, December 01 (Woodside Branch)
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230212

Let It Snow!

  • Monday, January 15 (Iroquois Ridge Branch)
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230267
  • Friday, January 26 (Woodside Branch)
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230268

Shadow Science

  • Monday, February 12 (Iroquois Ridge Branch)
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230269
  • Friday, February 23 (Woodside Branch)
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230270

3D Printing

Come and learn how to design your own 3D item using our Makerbot 3D printer. We’ll print your design to pick up at a later date.

Central Branch Dates:
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 (Course Code: 230234)
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 (Course Code: 230236)

Iroquois Ridge Branch Dates:
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 (Course Code: 230177)
Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 (Course Code: 230235)

Ages: 8-12Y
Cost: $7/1 class
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Imagination Unleashed!

Let your inner artist shine in this 1-hour unstructured program.  We provide the supplies, you provide the imagination!

11:00am-12:00pm
Ages: 2Y-4Y
$7/ 1 Class

Friday, September 29, 2017
Glen Abbey Branch
Register through IRIS using course code 230190.

Friday. November 24, 2017
Central Branch
Register through IRIS using course code 230191.

Friday. January 26, 2018
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Register through IRIS using course code 230246.

Alphabet Time

A, B, C… you at this unique letter-focused storytime program that combines informational books with sensory experiences.
  • October 20 to November 24
  • February 16 to March 23
Glen Abbey Branch
10:00am-10:30am
Age: 2Y-4Y
Free/Drop-in
6 classes

Giggles and Galleries in Partnership with the Oakville Galleries

Come on out to Central branch for a one-hour art experience. Bring along baby for a brief tour of the Oakville Galleries’ latest exhibit, then join us afterwards in the Children’s Department for a story and song, followed by making your own art pieces with baby to take home.

Birth – 2Y

10:00am-11:00am
Central Branch
Cost: $7/1 Class

  • Friday, February 02, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230244

2Y – 4Y

10:00am-11:00am
Central Branch
Cost: $7/1 Class

  • Friday, March 02, 2018
    Register through IRIS using course code: 230245

Ozobots

Meet Ozobot, a tiny robot, and learn about computer science and coding.
 
Ages 8-12Y Upcoming Dates:
– Saturday, October 28 (Course code: 230200)
– Saturday, February 3 (Course code: 230259)
 
10:00am – 11:15am
Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: $7/1 Class
Ages 5-7Y Upcoming Dates:
– Saturday, November 18 (Course code: 230202)
– Saturday, January 6 (Course code: 230258)
 
10:00am – 11:15am
White Oaks Branch
Cost: $7/1 Class

Bloxels

Bloxels are a hands-on platform for kids to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. Join us and build your own video game with Bloxels.
5-7Y
Saturday, November 18
2:00pm-4:00pm
Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: $7/1 Class
 
Register through Iris using course code: 230180.
 
8-12Y
Saturday, January 20
10:00am-12:00pm
Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: $7/1 Class
 
Register through Iris using course code: 230239.

Tech Tots

Bring your toddler and learn about the latest age appropriate technology for your kids. We’ll show you games, apps and literacy tools you can use at home.

10:00am-11:00am
Age: 3Y-4Y
Cost: Free

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
White Oaks Branch
Please register with IRIS using the course code 230273

Devices will be provided to participants to practice on.

Ozoblockly

Join us to learn about computer science and coding with the Ozobots. We will show you how to code using Ozoblockly then give you coding challenges.
 
Tuesday, December 05
6:00pm-7:30pm
Register through Iris using course code: 230198
 
Saturday, February 17
10:00am-11:30am
Register through Iris using course code: 230257
Age: 8-12Y
Cost: $7/1 Class

Build a Bot

Help us hack and tinker with everyday items to make fun little robots!

Age: 9-12Y
Saturday, January 06, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
Register through Iris using course code:  230241

Age: 5-8Y
Saturday, March 03, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Register through Iris using course code: 230240

Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: $7/1 Class

Blinky Bracelets

Learn simple sewing skills using conductive thread. We’ll learn how circuits work while creating fun, light-up LED cuff bracelets.

Saturday, January 20, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: $15/1 Class*
Age: 8-12Y

*Register through Iris using course code: 230263

 

Behind the Scenes at the Library!

Do you have what it takes to become a librarian? Learn what goes on behind the scenes as you complete activities to earn your very own special certificate in Library Science!
 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
3:30pm-5:30pm
Clearview Neighbourhood Branch
Ages: 2 – 12Y
Cost: Free

Register through IRIS using course code 230238.

 

Family Performance: Beauty and the Beast

The ever-popular Duffelbag Theatre Group returns once more to OPL for another special performance to celebrate Family Literacy Day. This hilarious and energetic troupe brings popular and classic fairytales to life using elements of improv and audience participation. Don’t miss out on this free event as tickets go quickly! Duffelbag Theatre Group is represented by Prologue to the Performing Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to bringing the performing arts to young people.
 
Saturday, January 27
2:00pm-2:45pm
Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free/Ticket*
 
*Complimentary tickets are available at all library branches beginning Saturday, January 20, 2018. Everyone attending must have a ticket.

PD Day: Imagination Emporium

With just a little bit of imagination, anything is possible! Come to our Imagination Emporium and see where creativity leads you.
 
Friday, February 02
10:00am-11:30am
Glen Abbey Branch
Age: 5Y and up
Cost: Free/Drop-In

Artsy Robots

Want to make a robot that draws? Join us to create your very own drawbot!

Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
White Oaks Branch
Cost: $15/1 Class*
Age: 5-12Y

 Register through Iris using course code: 230243

 

 

Mo Willems Party

Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! Come celebrate this beloved author with stories, songs, games and crafts.
 
Saturday, February 24, 2018
11:00am-12:00pm
Central Branch
Ages: 2Y-4Y
$7/ 1 Class

Register through IRIS using course code 230254.

 

Frame-tastic!

Shhh! Don’t tell the librarians, but sometimes, the best use for an old book is to reinvent it. Join us for a fun craft where we will decorate picture frames using the beautiful artwork and text from older books.

Saturday, March 03
2:00pm-4:00pm
Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: $15/1 Class*
Age: 8-12Y

Register through Iris using course code: 230321

 

 

Parents, Babies, and New Releases

On parental leave? If you are a parent caring for a little one(s) and want to talk about adult books and culture, this is a meet-up you do not want to miss! Pack the diaper bag, stock up on snacks, bring your mini, and head over to the Woodside Branch for some adult conversation about new books and new movies.

Offered on the 2nd Monday of each month
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Woodside Branch
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages

Classes run March 12 – August 13.

March Break: Family Storytime

Come join us for songs, rhymes, and stories in a fun-packed drop-in storytime!

  • Monday, March 12
    10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Tuesday, March 13
    6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Clearview Branch
  • Tuesday, March 13
    10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Wednesday, March 14
    10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Central Branch
  • Thursday, March 15
    10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Saturday, March 17
    10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    White Oaks Branch

Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

March Break: Storytelling

Storytelling is fun! Come join us to learn some exciting ways to grow a story from a few simple ideas.

  • Monday, March 12
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235404
  • Tuesday, March 13
    Glen Abbey Branch
    Course Code: 235405

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: Free
Age: 7Y+

 

March Break: Bumbling Bert’s Magic Show

Enjoy this hilarious, humbling-fumbling comedy magic show with Bumbling Bert! Bert will amaze you with his silly, zany, whirlwind of jokes and magic!

Monday, March 12
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $5/Ticket
Age: All Ages

Tickets will be made available at all OPL branches two weeks prior to the event.

March Break: Spycraft

Interested in a life of mystery, intrigue, and secrecy? Join fellow spy-intists for spy science training at the Oakville Public Library!

  • Monday, March 12
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235408
  • Wednesday, March 14
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 235409
  • Friday, March 16
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
    Course Code: 235410

Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: 5Y+

March Break: Decorate Your Garden

Looking to add something amazing to the garden this spring? Create your own unique garden ornament at this fun march break workshop.

  • Monday, March 12
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 235402
  • Thursday, March 15
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
    Course Code: 235403

Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: 8Y+

March Break: Puppet Making Workshop

Come join us and learn how to make a cool puppet!

  • Tuesday, March 13
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235406
  • Friday, March 16
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 235407

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: 8Y+

March Break: Family Movie

Come on down to Central Branch, bring your family and friends, and join us for a movie.

Tuesday, March 13
2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $5/Ticket
Ages: All ages

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and will be made available at all OPL branches two weeks prior to the event.

March Break: Design a Flower Pot

Come in and decorate your own flower pot. Supplies will be provided.

  • Wednesday, March 14
    4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
    Clearview Branch
    Course Code: 235411
  • Wednesday, March 14
    11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    Central Branch
    Course Code: 235412

Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: 5Y+

 

March Break: Mad Science

Join mad scientists for fun science experiments!

  • Wednesday, March 14
    2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235413
  • Wednesday, March 14
    11 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 235414

Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: 7Y+

Applefun Puppet Show: Forest Trek

Boldly go where few puppets have gone before! The forest is a peaceful place… until some nutty space explorers arrive. Join Mike Harding of Applefun Puppetry for 45 minutes of interactive fun.

Thursday, March 15
10 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $5/ Ticket
Age: 3Y+

Tickets will be made available at all OPL branches two weeks prior to the event.

March Break: Fun with Plants

Join us to learn about the wonderful world of plants with a guest from the Royal Botanical Gardens! Come learn some amazing facts, hear plant stories, and create a fun plant-themed craft!

Thursday, March 15
11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: $7/ 1 Class
Age: 6Y+
Course Code: 235418

March Break: Painting with Vegetables

Create your own masterpiece using vegetables to help you paint!

Thursday, March 15
11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Woodside Branch
Cost: Free/1 Class
Age: 5Y+
Course Code: 235415

March Break: Tissue Paper Bouquet

Create a beautiful bouquet of flowers using tissue paper!

  • Friday, March 16
    2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
    Central Branch
    Course Code: 235416
  • Friday, March 16
    11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235417

Cost: Free/1 Class
Age: 8Y+

Croque Matin with Les Coccinelles d’Oakville Inc.

L’heure du conte en français comprend des chansons, comptines et histoires en français pour les enfants de 0 à 5 ans accompagnés d’un parent ou gardien.
Storytime in French! Incudes songs, nursery rhymes, and stories, of course! For children from birth to 5 years old, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Every Monday from March 19 – August  27*
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Woodside Branch
Cost: Free
Age: Birth- 5Y

*No classes April 2, May 21, July 2, August 6.

Preschool Dance Party

Get ready to shake your sillies out at this special storytime that focuses on music, movement, and physical literacy.

  • Monday, March 19
    White Oaks Branch
  • Thursday, March 22
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Friday, March 23
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Thursday, June 21
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Friday, June 22
    Iroquois Ridge Branch

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free/ 10 Classes
Age: 1Y-4Y

Please arrive early as spaces are limited.

Babytime

It is never too early to introduce your child to books and reading. See your baby laugh and smile as you sing, clap, bounce, and learn new rhymes and stories.

  • Monday, March 19
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Central Branch
  • Monday, March 19
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Monday, March 19
    11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Tuesday, March 20
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    White Oaks Branch
  • Tuesday, March 20
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Wednesday, March 21
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Monday, June 18
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Central Branch
  • Monday, June 18
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Monday, June 18
    11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Tuesday, June 19
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Wednesday, June 20
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch

Cost: Free/ 10 Classes
Age: Birth-12M

Please arrive early as spaces are limited.

Tales and Tunes with the Oakville Parent Child Centre

Come and join in on the fun with your baby. Songs, stories, games, and lots of laughs make for a fun afternoon out.

Monday, March 19
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 5M-12M

Final class is Monday, June 4.

Paws 4 Stories

Build enthusiasm and confidence by reading aloud with a St. John Ambulance trained therapy dog. Three twenty-minute time slots will be available.

  • Monday, March 19
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235422
  • Tuesday, March 20
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
    Course Code: 235423

Cost: Free/6 Classes
Age: 6Y-10Y

First time registrants only please.
If you wish to repeat the program, please call 905-388-4247 x5311 to go on the program waitlist.
Staff will contact you to assign your child’s twenty-minute time slot in advance of the program.

Little English Language Learners with the Halton Multicultural Council, YMCA and Halton Region

This unique program helps children learn basic English skills and valuable tips to get ready for school. Each week the children will develop early-learning skills through stories, music, and crafts.

Tuesday, March 20
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Faith Baptist Church
Cost: Free/14 Classes
Age: Birth-5Y

Final class is Tuesday, June 19.

Family Storytime at QEPCCC

Stories, songs, rhymes, and movement activities make up this fun-packed storytime. Start building a lifelong love of reading!
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Starts Tuesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 22
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Blackbox Theatre, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Final class is Thursday, June 21, 2018

Come Together! Intergenerational Storytime

Join us on our bi-weekly trips to Chartwell Retirement Residence for a intergenerational storytime! Come together and let your child sing songs, read stories, and laugh with the neighbours in your community.

  • Tuesday, March 20
  • Tuesday, April 3 & 17
  • Tuesday, May 8 & 22
  • Tuesday, June 5 & 19
  • Tuesday, July 3, 17 & 31
  • Tuesday, August 14 & 28

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Chartwell Retirement Residence
Cost: Free/ 12 Classes
Age: All Ages

Alphabet Time

A, B, C… you at this unique letter-focused storytime that combines informational books with sensory experiences.

  • Tuesday, March 20
    Central Branch
  • Friday, March 23
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Tuesday, June 19
    Central Branch
  • Friday, June 22
    Glen Abbey Branch

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free/ 10 Classes
Age: 2Y-4Y

Family Storytime

Get moving at the library with stories, songs, and silly fun that encourages language and literacy skills.

  • Tuesday, March 20
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Tuesday, March 20
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Wednesday, March 21
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Central Branch
  • Wednesday, March 21
    10:15 a.m. -10:45 a.m.
    White Oaks Branch
  • Wednesday, March 21
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Woodside Branch
  • Wednesday, March 21
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Wednesday, March 21
    11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Thursday, March 22
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Friday, March 23
    11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Saturday, March 24
    10:15 a.m. -10:45 a.m.
    Central Branch
  • Saturday, March 24
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Saturday, March 24
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch

Cost: Free/ Drop-in
Ages: All Ages

Tickles and Tales with the Oakville Parent-Child Centre

Don’t miss this fun-filled hour of baby games, music, rhymes, and stories.

  • Tuesday, March 20
    Oakville Parent-Child Centre, 461 North Service Rd.
  • Thursday, March 22
    Oakville Parent-Child Centre, 1500 Sixth Line
  • Tuesday, May 1
    Oakville Parent-Child Centre, 461 North Service Rd.
  • Thursday, May 3
    Oakville Parent-Child Centre, 1500 Sixth Line

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free/ 6 Classes
Age: Birth- 6M

Please register with the Oakville Parent-Child Centre at www. op-cc.com

Behind the Scenes at the Library

Do you have what it takes to become a Librarian? Learn what goes on behind the scenes as you complete activities to earn your very own special certificate in Library Science!

  • Tuesday, March 20
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 235345
  • Wednesday, July 18
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235425

Cost: Free/1 Class
Age: 3Y-12Y

ArtHouse Papier Mache 7-9 yrs

Put on your art smock and let’s get sticky! We’ll be making Papier Mache crafts with ArtHouse instructor Andrea Charendoff – come have some fun!

Tuesday, March 20
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Woodside Branch
Cost: Free/8 classes
Age: 7Y-9Y
Course Code: 235420

Pajama Storytime

Wear your most comfortable pajamas and bring your favourite stuffed animal for an evening storytime filled with stories, rhymes, and songs.

Spring Session

  • Tuesday, March 20
    6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Clearview Branch
  • Wednesday, March 21
    6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Thursday, March 22
    7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch

Summer Session

  • Tuesday, June 19
    6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Clearview Branch
  • Wednesday, June 20
    6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Thursday, June 21
    7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch

Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Final week of Spring session is May 21-27.
Final week of Summer session is August 19-24.

ArtHouse Papier Mache 10-12 yrs

Put on your art smock and let’s get sticky! We’ll be making Papier Mache crafts with ArtHouse instructor Andrea Charendoff – come have some fun!

Tuesday, March 20
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch
Cost: Free/8 classes
Age: 10Y-12Y
Course Code: 235421

3D Printing

Learn how to design your own 3D item using our Makerbot 3D printer. We’ll print your design to pick up at a later date.

  • Tuesday, March 20
    7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Course Code: 235363
  • Tuesday, April 24
    7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Course Code: 235364
  • Tuesday, May 8
    7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Course Code: 235365
  • Tuesday, June 5
    7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Course Code: 235366
  • Tuesday, July 10
    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Course Code: 235436
  • Thursday, July 26
    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Course Code: 235437
  • Tuesday, August 7
    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Course Code: 235438
  • Thursday, August 23
    2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Course Code: 235439

Central Branch
Cost: $7/ 1 Class
Age: 8Y-12Y

Rhythm, Rhyme and Read – 3Rs with the YMCA

Let’s rock and read at this 3Rs program. The Oakville Public Library and YMCA of Oakville have partnered together to introduce children to early literacy with exciting rhymes, stories, music, and crafts.

Every Wednesday starting March 21
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
YMCA
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 18M-4Y

Final class is Wednesday, June 20.

Buggy Business with the YMCA

Get your baby on board and join us for Buggy Business! This program is designed for exercising, socializing, and lots of fun. After a power stroll through the neighbourhood, enjoy a storytime from OPL staff that focuses on literacy. Part of the YMCA of Oakville Steps & Stages Program.

Thursday, March 22
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
White Oaks Branch
Cost: Free
Age: Birth-2Y

Gaming Expo!

Game design uses a combination of art, logic, story development, and technology to create engaging interactive experiences. Drop in to check out new games developed by students in the Bachelor of Game Design at Sheridan College. Play their games, talk to them about game design, and test out some of our Creation Zone technology.

Saturday, March 24
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

In partnership with: Sheridan College

Ozobots 5-7yrs

Meet Ozobot, a tiny robot, and learn about computer science and coding.

Saturday, March 24
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Woodside Branch
Course Code: 235360

Saturday, June 2
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Woodside Branch
Course Code: 235597

Cost: $7/ 1 Class
Age: 5Y-7Y

Slime Science

Using common household ingredients, participants will get to create their own slime to take home. Discover cool glow in the dark and galaxy slimes.

  • Saturday, April 7
    1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Central Branch
    Course Code: 235615
  • Saturday, May 26
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 235345
  • Tuesday, June 5
    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
    Course Code: 235614

Cost: $7/ 1 Class
Age: 8Y-12Y

Preschool Discovery Lab

Are you feeling curious? Come exercise your sense of adventure by investigating science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematic concepts at the library.

Monkey Math

  • Monday, April 16
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235375
  • Friday, April 27
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 235376

Music Mania

  • Monday, June 11
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235379
  • Friday, June 22
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 235380

Bubble Bonanza

  • Monday, July 16
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235443
  • Friday, July 27
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 235444

Art Attack

  • Monday, August 13
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235445
  • Friday, August 24
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 235446

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: 2Y-4Y

Giggles & Galleries: Baby

Come on out to Central Branch for a one-hour art experience. Bring along your child for a brief tour of the Oakville Galleries’ latest exhibit, then join us in the Children’s Department for a story and song, followed by making your own art pieces to take home.

  • Friday, April 20
    Course Code: 235386
  • Friday, July 20
    Course Code: 235449

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Central Branch
Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: Birth-18M

PA Day: Mini Maker Lab

Drop by our little tinker lab where we will make simple machines and more. Curious? Join us for all the fun!

Friday, April 27
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
White Oaks Branch
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 5Y+

Bloxels 6-8yrs

Bloxels are a hands-on platform for kids to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. Join us and build your own video game with Bloxels.

  • Saturday, April 28
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 235367
  • Saturday, May 12
    White Oaks Branch
    Course Code: 235600

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $7/ 1 Class
Age: 6Y-8Y

Tech Tots

Bring your toddler to learn about the latest age-appropriate technology for your kids. We’ll show you games, apps, and literacy tools that you can use at home.

  • Saturday, April 28
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 235336
  • Saturday, June 16
    Glen Abbey Branch
    Course Code: 235337
  • Saturday, August 18
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 235466

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free/1 Class
Age: 3Y-4Y

Devices will be provided for participants to practice on.

LEGO® Robotics

Learn how to build and code with LEGO® Mindstorms in collaboration with Team 3161 – Tronic Titans, a FIRST Robotics Competition Team of dedicated secondary school students. You will work together with people of all ages and expand your knowledge and interest in the fields of science and technology.

Tuesday, May 1
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $42/ 6 Classes
Age: 8Y-12Y
Course Code: 235361

Giggles & Galleries: Toddler

Come on out to Central Branch for a one-hour art experience. Bring along your child for a brief tour of the Oakville Galleries’ latest exhibit, then join us in the Children’s Department for a story and song, followed by making your own art pieces to take home.

  • Friday, May 11
    Course Code: 235387
  • Friday, August 17
    Course Code: 235450

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Central Branch
Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: 18M-4Y

Meet the Woodwind Quintet

The Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s woodwind quintet will be introducing participants to the elements of music such as: tempo, dynamics, pitch, and tone colour.

Saturday, May, 12
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/ 1 Class
Age: 6Y-8Y
Course Code: 235424

Ozoblockly

Join us to learn about computer science and coding with the Ozobots. We will show you how to code using Ozoblockly then give you coding challenges

  • Saturday, May 12
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
    Course Code: 235348
  • Thursday, July 12
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 235434

Cost: $7/1 Class
Age: 8Y-12Y

Ozobots 8-12 yrs

Meet Ozobot, a tiny robot, and learn about computer science and coding.

  • Thursday, June 14
    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Central Branch
    Course Code: 235359
  • Saturday, May 26
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
    Course Code: 235598

Cost: $7/ 1 Class
Age: 8Y-12Y

Wednesday Family Movie Night

Come and enjoy the best new movie or a family favourite film on the big screen at the Central Branch! Kids: bring your blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals and make yourself comfortable on the floor.

  • Wednesday, May 30
  • Wednesday, June 27

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $5/Ticket
Ages: All Ages

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and will be made available at all OPL branches two weeks prior to the event.
Chairs will be provided for adults. Snacks and juice will be available for 50 cents each.

 

PA Day: Make a Fidget Spinner

Do you love fidget spinners? Join us to learn how to make your own!

Friday, June 1
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Central Branch
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 5Y+

Bloxels 8-12 yrs

Build your own video game at this two-hour collaborative Bloxels workshop.

  • Saturday, June 2
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Course Code: 235368
  • Thursday, July 12
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Course Code: 235599

Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $7/ 1 Class
Age: 8Y-12Y

Cursive Writing

Do you wish to learn the art of beautiful cursive writing? We are thrilled that instructor Edda Manley will be back and leading this workshop. Join us and learn to write cursive from Edda.

Saturday, June 9
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: $15/ 1 Class
Age 8Y-12Y
Course Code: 235346

Summer Reading Club Opening Ceremony: Explore Your Talents

Welcome to the beginning of another exciting Summer Reading Club. This summer is going to be all about trying new things and showing everybody what you can do! Join us and try some new things that you can practice throughout the summer!

Saturday, June 30
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Glen Abbey Branch
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Tell A Story

Learn about the different ways to write and tell stories!

  • Tuesday, July 3
    Central Branch
  • Wednesday, July 4
    Woodside Branch

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 5Y+

Drop In and Build with LEGO®

Come explore with us. We supply the LEGO®, you have fun creating!

  • Friday, July 6
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Monday, July 9
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
  • Thursday, August 2
    Central Branch
  • Monday, August 13
    Woodside Branch

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free/4 drop-ins
Age: 5Y+

Make Music at the Library

Let’s make some noise and create different kinds of instruments!

  • Wednesday, July 11
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235567
  • Wednesday, July 18
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Clearview Branch
    Course Code: 235568
  • Tuesday, July 24
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Woodside Branch
    Course Code: 235569

Cost: $7/ 1 Class
Age: 6Y+

Lights! Camera! Green Screen Magic!

Love movies? Then you’ll love exploring how green screens bring the “magic” to movies with our very own Teen Tech Team. Together we’ll create a short video – just bring your imagination!

Friday, July 13
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: $14/ 2 Classes
Age: 8Y-12Y
Course Code: 235435

FIRST LEGO® League Jr.

In the AQUA ADVENTURE challenge, learn about the important resource of water! Guided by coaches, teams will explore a real-world scientific problem. Then they construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO® and showcase it with a poster at the end of the five-day session.

Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: $35/ 5 Classes
Age: 6Y-9Y
Course Code: 235613

This program runs for 5 consecutive days.

Puppet Show: Rabbit and Bear Paw Theatre Present “The Way”

We are proud to host Rabbit and Bear Paw Theatre’s “The Way”! Join us to learn the story of how the Turtle carries our world on her back and how the tiny muskrat succeeded in giving all of us the greatest gift of all.

Wednesday, July 25
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/ Ticketed
Age: 3Y+

Tickets will be made available at all OPL branches two weeks prior to the event.

Learn to Code

Ever wanted to learn how to talk to computers? Stop by for an introduction to coding and circuits!

  • Wednesday, August 1
    Woodside Branch
  • Friday, August 3
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Ages: 6Y+

Making Mazes

Do you like getting lost and finding your way out? Join us to make and play in some mazes!

  • Tuesday, August 7
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Wednesday. August 8
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Clearview Branch
  • Friday, August 10
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone

Cost: Free/ Drop-in
Age: 6Y+

Coding Drop-in

Come explore the world of coding in this interactive and informal drop-in. Library staff, alongside the Teen Tech Team, will be on hand to assist in getting started and teaching you fundamentals of coding and computer science.

Thursday, August 9
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: 5Y-12Y

Art from Shapes

The world is full of amazing shapes – let’s learn how to make cool things out of them!

  • Tuesday, August 14
    Glen Abbey Branch
  • Friday, August 17
    Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
  • Wednesday, August 22
    Woodside Branch

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages

Countdown to Kindergarten

Summer is nearly over! Let’s count down the days until school starts. Join us for activities, storytimes, and crafts.

  • Wednesday, August 15
    Glen Abbey Branch
    Course Code: 235430
  • Wednesday, August 29
    Central Branch, Auditorium
    Course Code: 235431

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Cost: Free/1 Class
Age: 3Y-4Y

Summer Reading Club Closing Ceremonies

After a great summer, it’s time to share everything we learned. Come relax and try some new activities, or show off some of the things you’ve practiced all summer.

Saturday, August 25
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Central Branch, Auditorium
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Age: All Ages


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