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Kids Programs
The library offers a variety of programs for children and their families from birth through to grade eight at all four locations. Follow the links for descriptions and other information relating to these events.

Registration for our Spring/Summer Programs will begin on Monday April 9th at 9:30AM
Registration for the Fall 2018 programs will begin on Monday August 27th at 9:30AM.

For our paid programs, please review the refund policy located at the bottom of the program information.

Click for a listing of our Storytimes

Click for a listing of our Book Clubs for Kids

Please note: Children must be the correct age for the program they are registering for at the start of the program.
Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult to the program room for drop-off and pick-up due to security concerns.

  • Arm’s Length Puppetry presents The Loathsome Dragon : Family
    A king and his lovely daughter are very close. Then, the king falls in love with a beautiful but wicked enchantress who, in a jealous rage, turns the princess into a dragon.
  • Board Game Café: Ages 5+ (Family)
    Drop by the Richmond Green Library for an evening of board games and fun! Play an old favourite or learn a brand new one.
  • Board Game Drop-In: 5+
    Come to the library and play your favourite board game!
  • Book Mania Street Fair!: All Ages (Family)
    Celebrate your favourite books and characters in honour of this year’s TD Summer Reading Club. Activities, games, and more will be available for fans of Pete the Cat, Peppa Pig, Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games, and of course…HARRY POTTER!
  • Chess Classes: Beginner: 6-12 years
    Learn to play or improve your chess game. Master the chess moves and learn the importance of each piece.
  • Chess Classes: Intermediate I: 6 - 12 years
    Learn to play or improve your chess game. Master the chess moves and learn the importance of each piece.
  • Chess Classes: Intermediate II and Advanced: 6-12 years
    Learn to play or improve your chess game. Master the chess moves and learn the importance of each piece.
  • Computer Programming - Java: 10-13 years
    The Java program will introduce the world of computer programming. Students will learn how to write code in Java and the unique features of the language such as its portability.
  • Creative Hands Maker Space: All Ages
    Come create with us! Join us for a story along with free art time. Bring your ideas. We’ll bring the supplies! Different themes each month.
  • Dance Party: Family
    Come Jam with Jenn for a hippin’ good time of dance, music and stories!
  • DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Boards: 6-9
    Come make a DIY Tic-Tac-Toe game at the library for endless summer fun!
  • Dream Jar: 5+ years
    Dream big! Come and make your own magical Dream Jar where you can store dreams, wishes and happy memories.
  • Elephant & Piggie Storytime: Ages 3 - 7
    Elephant & Piggie make learning fun! We’ll read some stories, dance, and do some maker activities!
  • Exploration Station: Ages 5 - 8
    Grow your passion for science and more with hands-on activities to make you go “Ick!” and “Wow!” We will make at least one project you can take home to impress your friends and family.
  • Family Trivia Night: Ages 6+
    Test your smarts! Bring a team or just yourself. You don’t need to know it all, questions will be general knowledge.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - 8 weeks: 6-9 years
    With teammates, engineer creative solutions to challenges using our LEGO WeDo kits.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - Beginner - 4 weeks: 6-9 years
    With teammates, engineer creative solutions to challenges using our LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - Intermediate - 4 weeks: 7-10 years
    With teammates, engineer creative solutions to challenges using our LEGO WeDo kits.
  • Fishy Bookmarks: Ages 5-7
    Come design your very own fishy bookmark at the library!
  • Food Picassos: Ages 4 - 8
    Unleash your inner artist and foodie! Create with fruits, vegetables, cereal, chocolates, and candy!
  • Fun with Snap Circuits: 8 - 12 years
    Snap Circuits are a fun and easy way to learn about electronics and circuitry. Get hands-on experience snapping together interesting projects like sound-activated alarms, flashing lights, fans, musical doorbells, and more!
  • Get Growing! Gardening Lab: Ages 5 - 8
    Turn your child’s thumb green at this introduction to gardening. The program will be indoors, but hands-on and close to plants and dirt.
  • Get Together with your Story Book Pals: 4-6 years
    If you like Elephant and Piggie, Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus, Pete the cat and Duck and Goose then join us for stories, games and other activities.
  • Hallowe’en Spook-tacular: 3+ years
    Get in the mood for Halloween with spooky stories, songs and fun activities. We’ll create something special.
  • I’m off to Kindergarten!: 3-5 years
    Starting kindergarten is an exciting time.
    Join us for stories, songs and activities. This program is designed to help children be independent, in preparation for their first Days of school.
  • Lego Block Party: Ages 6 -12
    Meet new friends and build whatever your mind can conjure with the Library’s LEGO collection.
  • Mad Science Workshop - Space Technology: 7-10 years
    Explore space-related technologies used on Earth, including laser light, radar and more, and in outer space with an examination of potential threats to spacecraft. Then, build your own comet to take home!
  • Magician Kyle Livingston: 4+ years
    With the wave of his wand, you will be amazed, amused and astounded by Magician Kyle.
  • Make a Mobile: 5+ years
    Design your own mobile to decorate your room!
  • Make It Green! Gardening Lab: Ages 8 - 12
    Explore the natural world around you and learn how to make something for your garden at home. The program will be indoors, but hands-on and close to plants and dirt
  • Messy Science Fun: Family
    Join us for a variety of messy science play stations. And we do the clean up! Please come dressed to be a mess, both the little people and the big people!!
  • Movie Madness: Family Program
    Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon? Join us for Movie Madness at the Library!

    On Saturday July 28th we will be showing the movie Sherlock Gnomes

  • Musical Babies: Birth - 15 Months w/Adult
    Co-sponsored by EarlyON.
    This program encourages language and early literacy skills through the use of songs, nursery rhymes and musical experiences.
  • Out-Of-This-World Astronomy: All Ages (Family)
    Kids and adults – come discover some of the Astronomical wonders within our Solar System and Universe.
  • Pop Up MakerSpace for Kids: All Ages
    The Pop Up MakerSpace for Kids is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Drop in to see demos of 3D printing, coding activities, robotics, and other new and exciting emerging technologies.
    Be innovative, be creative, be a Maker!
  • Reading Buddies: Grades 1 - 3
    Children meet weekly with a teen volunteer to read and play literacy games. This program offers children an accepting environment to practice their reading skills and make new friends. Discover how much fun reading can be!
  • Reptilia : All Ages (Family)
    Would you like to meet a snake? How about a lizard? Stop by the library and meet some reptiles!
  • Science Squad : 8 - 12 years
    Explore the world of science! Join us for cool hands-on experiments and fun discoveries. Different topics each week.
  • Story Drawing Workshop: 6-9 years
    If you like to draw and tell stories come out and draw a story about your favourite hobby or activity with local author and artist Nancy Hallas. Hands-on exercises and story drawing techniques will be shared.
  • Storyland Adventures: 7 - 9 years
    Let’s dive into the pages of a storybook! Using our imagination and sense of adventure, we’ll bring stories to life though co-operative games and storytelling activities.
  • Summer Writing Series with Author Marina Cohen: 10-13 years
    The Edge of Your Seat Writing Workshop Series
    In this four-part workshop, participants will learn how to craft suspenseful scenes.
  • TD Summer Reading Club - Central Wrap-up Party: Preschool - Grade 8
    The summer is almost over but we can still have fun at our STEAM stations!
  • TD Summer Reading Club - Richmond Green Wrap-Up Party: All Ages (Family)
    Celebrate the end of our summer reading program as we give out the final prizes and participate in STEAM activities.
  • TD summer Reading Club - Richvale Wrap-Up Party: All Ages
    Join us to celebrate the end of this year’s Summer Reading Club with activities, games, treats and more!
  • Tween Art-burst!: Ages 9 - 13
    Explore fun and fabulous forms of art. You will even take home your creations to add something amazing to your bedroom!
  • Tween Explosive Science!: Ages 9 - 13
    Learn the science behind how things can go boom, pop, and fizz! You will even get to enjoy the fizzy fun with your own hands!
  • Tween Zombie Survival Mission: Ages 9 - 13
    Join us at Richmond Green for a fun and spooky night that will give you the chills – even in the summer heat! Race through the library to establish a secure survival camp before the zombies break inside and infect the survivors.
  • Tweens Night - Improv Night: 10-14 years
    You are encouraged to act out, sing out and laugh out loud with prop comedy, lip synch battles and reverse charades.
  • Tweens Night - Potter Games: 10-14 years
    Wands up! Prepare for an evening of wizard games to celebrate Harry’s upcoming birthday.
  • Wonder Kids STEAM Club: 5 - 7 years
    Spark your sense of wonder and discovery with stories and fun hands-on activities that explore STEM concepts! Different topics each week.
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