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Grow Newsletter

Grow - for families and children

Subscribe to the Grow newsletter. You’ll receive the latest information on our programs and services for children of all ages.

KFPL YouTube

YouTube - Subscribe

From hands-on workshops to puppet shows, there's something for everyone on the KFPL YouTube channel.

stories in the backyard

NEW Program Alert!

Until we can safely meet at the parks, we're bringing you storytime from our backyards! This short pre-recorded program will include a book, and some songs to enjoy.  You'll see your favourite storytime leaders from several branches!

Due to restrictions on recording performances, including reading books aloud, the programs will be posted as unlisted YouTube videos. A link will be emailed out to all registrants each week in the Storytime Express newsletter, and you'll be able to watch it as often as you like.

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”.

Talking

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!

Singing

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

Reading

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.

Writing

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.

Playing

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.

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

virtual pa days

P.A. Day Programs on Friday, June 4

Register to enjoy a Bath Bomb take-home kit or a live Zoom Storytime.  Registration opens on Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m. 

Kids are also invited to join us on YouTube to follow along and make a Magic Beach Jar!  No registration or kit required. 

But wait, there's more! Pick up a Delightful Dragons take-home kit at the Isabel Turner or Calvin Park branches (until supplies last!) Use the kit to follow along with Meredith on our YouTube channel for book recommendations and craft challenges!

bear root gardens

Get Gardening!

Register for a garden-themed story, then plant your own dill seeds with the help of Bear Root Gardens! Gardening kits will be available for pickup a week prior to the Zoom meeting. 

Read the World

Travel Without Leaving Home:  Children’s Books to Take You Places

You don't need a passport to experience new cultures. Escape to a foreign land by reading these children's books set in different countries around the world.