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Guest Storytime - Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe

Join author and illustrator Matthew Forsythe for an afternoon storytime, hosted by KFPL as part of Kingston WritersFest!

From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and the little frog who dares to make her own music.

Register with KFPL to receive a Zoom meeting invitation and join the fun! Sept. 24th, 1:00-1:30PM

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 local conservation areas, as well as popular museums in Ottawa. These passes may be borrowed for one week and can be reserved in the library catalogue.

Park Passes

KFPL, in partnership with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, offers. Customized backpacks that include a day pass to Gould Lake and Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Areas, along with field guides to help you get the most out of your visit, may be borrowed for one week

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.

Ontario Parks passes will not be available in 2020.

In Ottawa

Passes are available for museums in Ottawa. Some locations and exhibits may be closed.  Please visit their websites for hours of operation and other pandemic precautions.

The Canadian Museum of Nature will reopen on September 5, 2020. A single pass will admit a family group of five (maximum of 3 adults per group).

The National Gallery of Canada is now open to the public. A single pass will admit a family group of two adults and three youth (children under 12 are always free).



Thank you to our community's superheroes!

There are many ways to save the day! Frontline health care workers, teachers, firefighters and more - our video couldn’t capture all the superheroes in our community but this song is for every one of you. 

Special thanks to the team of heroes at Molly Brant Elementary for joining in our fun, and to the Laurie Berkner Band for permission to use their recording.

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!

Children's online programs

September is just around the corner...

Registration for online fall programs opens on September 5, 2020!

Children can enjoy their favourites, including Family Storytime and Rhythm and Rhyme. Preteens can borrow a ukulele and learn a new skill in Uke Can Do It!, or pick up an art supplies kit and exercise their creativity in Art of Illustration. And look for special events including Kingston WritersFest Guest Storytimes and our Ask an Author series.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to ensure that you catch the latest episodes of our programs!

Tony from CBC Kids

Let's get creative with CBC Kids

This summer we are excited to have Tony from CBC Kids join us for an extra-special art extravaganza on August 25!

Tony will create a fantastic piece of art based on your silly and inventive ideas. This program is recommended for kids ages 5 and up.

Register to receive a Zoom meeting invitation.

Our puppets are back!

Grab a snack and settle in for our August Puppet Show Extravaganza. The animals of the forest discover a wonderful book and try it out as a tent, a hat, and more. Will they ever discover what a book is really for?

You can find part two - Biggest Pretties Rose - and July's virtual tour on our Youtube channel.