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Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read

A Project of the American Library Association
adopted by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library in 2010

Before children can learn to read, they must develop a range of early literacy skills. Learning begins the moment they are born, through language and play. By weaving five simple practices into your daily routine, you will not only prepare your child for reading later on, but you’ll enjoy hours of fun together too!

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is proud to partner with our communities’ parents and caregivers to help raise young readers by providing free access to thousands of books and music recordings. As well, all of our programs for young children focus on developing pre-literacy skills, and use the five simple practices outlined here.

The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) has created an infographic, What Happens During Storytime at the Public Library, that summarizes the information found in its report, “Preschool Early Literacy Programs in Ontario Public Libraries”.


Children learn about language by listening to their parents talk and joining the conversation. Use new words, give your full attention to what they are saying, and ask questions to keep them talking!


Songs help children learn to listen, discover rhythm and rhyme, and slows down language so that they can hear different parts of words.


Reading together is the single most important activity you can do to help them get ready to read! They will learn how books and written language work, and they’ll increase their vocabulary. Deepen the experience by asking questions and involving them in telling the story.


Reading and writing go together! Once your child can grasp a thick crayon or marker, give him or her unlined paper and plenty of opportunities to draw and write.


Play is how children explore their world! It builds their imagination, their self-confidence, and their language skills. Playing to get every child ready to read; books with movement, props or puppets.

Museum and Park Passes

Museum & Park Passes

The library lends passes to provincial parks and local conservation areas, as well as popular museums in Kingston, Brockville and Ottawa. These passes may be borrowed for one week and can be reserved in the library catalogue.

Go Explore #In Frontenac

KFPL, in partnership with the County of Frontenac, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and Ontario Parks, is making it easier for you to get out and get active this summer. Customized backpacks, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, include a day pass to the park and field guides to help you get the most out of your visit. Packs may be borrowed for one week, and are available for:

In partnership with the Rideau Trail Association, we also loan backpacks to help you plan exciting adventures on the free hiking trails running through Kingston and the County of Frontenac. Customized backpacks contain laminated trail maps, helpful tips for a safe hike, and field guides to help identify the birds and animal tracks you discover along the way. Packs may be borrowed for one week.

*Please note that the Ontario Parks pass found in each provincial park backpack is valid at any Ontario Parks site for day use only. Some parks have seasonal hours of operation.

In Kingston

A combined pass allows access to both the Pump House Steam Museum and the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum for a group of up to 5 individuals. These museums are open seasonally, so please visit their websites for hours of operation.

In Ottawa

Three passes are available for museums in Ottawa. A single pass for the Canadian Museum of Nature will admit a family group of five (maximum of 3 adults per group). A single pass for the National Gallery of Canada will admit a family group of two adults and three youth (children under 12 are always free). A single pass to the Ingenium will admit a family group of two adults and four children to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Please visit their websites for hours of operation.

In Brockville

An​ Aquatarium pass will allow up to five individuals to attend the Aquatarium for only $5 (+hst) per person. This will be an amazing value to individuals and will save them up to $75 for five individuals. Please visit Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing to plan your visit.

Online Children's Programs

Hop on board the Storytime Express

KFPL staff are launching three new online programming series for children and families.

Baby & Me will feature individual rhymes, songs, bounces and games that parents can play with their baby or toddler. Inspired by our regular programming for infants, these videos will help parents build early literacy skills at home. Meanwhile, in Meredith's Maker Lab children will engage in a variety of arts and crafts projects using easy-to-find materials you'll likely have around the house. For both of these programs, subscribe to our Youtube channel to see new content as it is uploaded, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for new releases every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Storytime Express will offer families a taste of our popular Family Storytime programs at home. This program will include read-alouds, songs, rhymes, STEM facts and more. Due to restrictions on recording performances, including reading books aloud, the programs are posted privately and a link will be emailed out to all registrants each week. You'll be able to watch it as often as you like!

OverDrive For Kids

OverDrive For Kids

The OverDrive Kids' Collection is a special interface that offers age appropriate e-books, digital audiobooks, and streaming videos. No adult content will appear in the search results. New titles added every month! 

A great app for the family is Mango Languages learning courses for kids - Little Pim. Start learning today!

Film français - Les Triplettes de Belleville

Film français

Champion est un petit garçon mélancolique adopté par sa grand-mère, Madame Souza. Remarquant sa passion pour le cyclism, Madame Souza fait suivre à Champion un entraînement acharné. Les années passent. Champion est devenu un as de la 'petite reine', à tel point au'il se retrouve coureur au célèbre Tour de France.

Pour les enfants de 6 -12 ans

27 février, gratuit

Heure du conte bilingue / Bilingual Storytime - Temps des fêtes / Holiday

Join KFPL for some holiday cheer with this bilingual storytime! / Célébrez le temps des fêtes avec KFPL à l'heure du conte bilingue!

Recommandé pour les enfants de 6 ans et moins.

Ce programme bilingue sera présenté en français et en anglais.

Dec. 21st, Isabel Turner


Recommended for ages 6 and under.

This bilingual program will be delivered in English and French.

Dec. 21st, Isabel Turner