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Additions to Children's Programming at L.E. Shore, May 2016 to present

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Additions to Children's Programming at L.E. Shore, May 2016 to present

The Blue Mountains Public Library has always been a welcoming, safe space for children. Both branches, LE Shore Memorial Library and the Craigleith Heritage Depot, provide programming for ages 0-18 years including directed and self-directed play, encouraging early literacy, and fostering a life-long love of libraries.

From May 2016 to date, the Blue Mountains Public Library staff has:

  • Purchased educational toys for the children’s section – including new lego sets, board games, colouring books, art supplies, puzzles, wooden blocks, puppets, and sensory items for babies.
  • The LE Shore Library works in partnership with the local community school, hosting special events and author visits for the students. Library staff also planned outreach class visits to Beaver Valley Community School when LE Shore Library was closed for repairs. Staff visited 10 classrooms and provided themed story times, craft workshops, age-appropriate book talks, as well as iPad and eResource demonstrations for over 200 students
  • BVCS class visits to the L.E. Shore Library on a daily basis during the school year with over 5000 students visiting the library to borrow materials for leisure reading or school projects
  • Introduced a Library Day Camp, 2 sessions – Classic Day Camp in July 2017 and Inventor’s Week in August 2017
  • A very busy and well-attended March Break programming, including a very successful Library Circus with over 185 children in attendance
  • A full year of Canada 150 programming, with a different theme every month
  • Technology for Kids workshops including learning how to use green screens, iPads, 3D printer
  • After School Kids Club took place every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3:30-4:30pm. This free program incorporated play and arts & crafts and was attended by up to 20 children per session
  • Purchased Children’s iPads – 2 iPads that can be used by children in the Library for 1 hour loan. Already preloaded with children-friendly apps.
  • Started a monthly Homeschool Program for local families with alternative schooling lifestyle. This group has grown and attendance is usually around 30 children per session.
  • Monthly themed Scavenger Hunts at LE Shore, encouraged children to participate in self-directed play with the chance to win great prizes. Themes included: Pokemon, Camp
  • For the first time that LE Shore Library worked with Rotary – Thornbury and Clarksburg chapter to “Send a Kid to Camp” using the scavenger hunt as a competition and the final draw.  An 11 year old boy won a week away at Camp Pres’quile.
  • Outreach Story Times – Story Times held at various off-site locations including Georgian Peaks Ski Club, Little River Beach, and Bayview Park
  • Special guests have come in for children’s author talks, including: Eric Walters, Ashley Green, and Judith Plaxton.
  • Holiday special events, included: Halloween Party with games and treats, a sold out Puppet Tamer show during March Break, a Holiday Lego Party over Christmas break, and a full line-up of Summer Programs.
  • More programming for Teens, including a monthly Teen Photo Contest, creative writing workshops and DIY Teen Nights.
  • More programming for families, including Glow in the Dark Night, family movies in the courtyard, and a Family Games Night.
  • Plans to host International Youth Day programs on August 12th 2017, including a Tie Dye party for ages 13-17 years and a Lego Party for ages 5-12 years.
  • Youth volunteers – for the first time, LE Shore Library recruited and trained student volunteers ages 12-17 years.  Staff worked with youth to help them develop skills, confidence and to support meaningful youth participation in the building of a healthy community.
  • Purchased snowshoes, 2 pairs of adult and 2 pairs of children’s, which can be borrowed using a library card to encourage outdoor winter activities.  Partnered with Scenic Caves.
  • Local businesses supplied prizes for various children’s contests over the past year, including Pom Pom Treat Hut, Rotary, Scenic Caves, Jessica’s Book Nook, Trampoline World, Cineplex, and many more.
  • Started a Teen Blog called “What’s Up” featuring a local teen’s book reviews.  Have also added children’s book reviews, by children, to the website

New Programs for Youth 2016/2017
After-School Kids Club (twice a week for the school year)
Angry Birds – craft, games and movie night
Baby Play Time – sensory play time for babies
Borrow Snowshoes
End of Summer Party – popsicles, outdoor games and crafts for school aged children
Monthly Teen Photo Contest – each with a different theme
Family Games Night
Family Movie Night
Family Glow in the Dark Games Night
Fossil Adventures
Halloween Party
Holiday Crafternoon
Holiday Lego and Games Party (held twice during the winter break)
Observatory Nights – children, youth and adults
Monthly Homeschool Group – each month is a different theme
Toddler Story Time – both on and offsite –including French story times
Bruce Trail Hike for kids
Outer Space Workshop
Pokemon Go workshop
Children’s Author Talks
March Break – programs for children every day of March Break
Art Classes with local artists
Quilting Workshop
STEM Workshops

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