Kids Programs/Events

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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

 

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

Creation Zone Open Studios

Stop by the Iroquois Ridge Creation Zone every Wednesday* for a fun and interactive Open Studio session!

Every Wednesday*
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge, Creation Zone
Cost: Free/Drop-in
Ages: All Ages

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.

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.

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

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: 235343
  • Wednesday, July 18
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    Course Code: 235425

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

Pajama Storytime

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

  • 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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. Popcorn is available. Juice is 50 cents each.

 

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

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!

Central Branch
Tuesday, July 3 

Woodside Branch
Wednesday, July 4

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

PA Day: Amusement Rides with LEGO

Amusement rides are lots of fun. But how do they work? Explore different types of amusement rides and what makes them move. Teams of two will be creating an amusement ride and bring it to life using LEGO WeDo 2.0.

Friday, April 27, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm
Iroquois Ridge Branch, Creation Zone
Register through Iris using course code 235698.

or

Friday, April 27, 2018
1:30pm-3:30pm
Register through Iris using course code 235699.

Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: $7/class
Age: 6-9

 

Preschool Creative Play

Let your imagination shine through in this one hour unstructured program of stories, crafts, and activities!

Monday, April 30
Iroquois Ridge Branch Creation Zone

Monday, May 28
Iroquois Ridge Branch Creation Zone

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free/ Drop-in
Age: 2Y-4Y

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.

Monday, April 23
Iroquois Ridge Branch Creation Zone

Monday, May 7
Iroquois Ridge Branch Creation Zone

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free/ Drop-in
Age: 2Y-4Y

Device will be provided for participants to practice on.


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