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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 Fall Programs will begin on Monday August 28th 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.

  • Active Bodies Active Minds: 0-6 years with a caregiver
    Join Jill Javelosa-Avarez, a York Region Early Literacy Specialist for an hour of fun, interactive and educational literacy through music and movement.
  • Afterschool STEAM Challenge: 8-12 years
    Come to the library for some cool afterschool maker activities and STEAM challenges.
  • ARTRAGEOUS!: 9 - 12
    Try out a different and unique form of art once a month at Richmond Green. Whether you want to create melted crayon canvases, intricate string art, or watercolor resistance masterpieces, there will be something amazing to do while hanging with friends!
  • Battleship Fun: 5+ years
    Build your own battleship and put it to the ultimate test. Challenge someone to a super cool strategy game!
  • Birdfeeder Fun: 5-9 years
    Attract local wildlife to your own backyard with a cool birdfeeder! Limit of 15 kids.
  • Books Before Looks (a L.I.G.H.T. program): 7-12 years
    This program is now FULL, please add your name to our waitlist.
    This Summer Reading Program focuses on literacy and body image while teaching the importance of self-acceptance and diversity in literature.
  • Celebrating Canada 150 with Author/ Illustrator Andrea Beck: 4-6 years
    Creator of Elliot Moose stories, Pierre Le Poof, and Goodnight and Good Morning Canada.
    To celebrate our 150 Birthday, Ms. Beck will read from her books and show how she creates her characters.
  • 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.
    In these classes, the students will learn to improve their imagination, logic, critical thinking and concentration as well as developing their reasoning skills.
  • 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.
    Students will learn to improve their imagination, logic, critical thinking and concentration as well as develop their reasoning skills.
  • 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.
    Students will learn to improve their imagination, logic, critical thinking and concentration as well as develop their reasoning skills.
  • Code with SCRATCH!: 8 - 12
    Take an in-depth look at the computer programming language called Scratch! This four-day-long workshop will teach how to create your own animations, interactive stories, and games
  • Computer Programming Game Design - Scratch: 8-9 years
    Create computer games using the visual computer programming language, Scratch.
  • Computer Programming Game Design - Stencyl: 10-12 years
    In this course students will be introduced to computer language and how to use Stencyl to create their own computer game.
  • 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! Each month has a different theme.
  • Epic Game Night!: All Ages (Family)
    Call all board game enthusiasts! In honour of International Games Week, explore classic board games with your friends and family or make new gaming friends on the spot.

    There will even be GIANT versions of Jenga and Yahtzee to supersize the fun!

  • Epic Rap Battles Jr.: Canada 150: 9 -12
    Become an Epic Rap Battles of History star by creating a rap performance for a historical Canadian figure!

    Musical mentors will lead you through the writing process, help to create your costume, and prepare you for the public performance.

  • Exploring Nocturnal Animals: 6-10 years
    Come learn about bats, owls, and other nocturnal animals with a fun morning of experiments and activities.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - WeDo 2.0: 6-9 years
    New! Build and code wireless robots with the new LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits.
  • Forest of Reading Author Fair: Various
    Meet Forest of Reading Author/ Illustrator Winners and Nominees for 2017
    Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill

  • Halloween Storytime: all ages with a parent
    Come celebrate Thanksgiving with a morning of songs, stories, and activities!
  • LEGO Block Party: 6-12 years
    Meet new friends and build whatever your mind can conjure with the Library’s LEGO collection.
  • Making Sock Puppets: 8-12 years
    Ever wanted to make a sock puppet? Come out to the library and use your imagination to make an animal, a monster, or anything else you can think up!
  • Meet Author Linda Granfield: Grades 4-5
    To commemorate Remembrance Day, Linda Granfield, celebrated children’s author of books including In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion, and The Unknown Soldier.
  • Mimetics : Introduction to Robotics and Programming: 10-12 years
    Are you interested in learning more about robotics, how they work and how they are programmed?
  • Mini Con: Get Your Geek On: All Ages
    The Central library will transition into a fandom paradise! Whether you get geeky with fantasy, science fiction, or graphic novels -- we’ve got you covered.
  • Movie Madness: Family Program
    Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon? Join us for Movie Madness at the Library!

    On Saturday August 26th, we will be showing the movie Boss Baby

  • Musical Babies: Birth - 15 Months w/Adult
    Co-sponsored by YMCA Ontario Early Years.
    This program encourages language and early literacy skills through the use of songs, nursery rhymes and musical experiences.
  • PA Day Event: DIY Paper Fidget Toys: 7 - 12
    Design and construct your own mind-bending fidget toy out of a single piece of paper!
  • PA Day Event: Monster Mash: 7 - 12
    Get in the mood for Halloween on your day off school with a celebration of monsters. Make your own paper toys, toss monster munch into open monster mouths, and become "monster-fied" with face painting and accessories for our photo booth.
  • PA Day Event: Quick Drawn with the Forgetful Sheriff: 6 - 10
    Help the Forgetful Sheriff find his misplaced badge! Participants will help him by drawing what he describes very quickly so that he can remember the next part of his tale.
  • Parachute Playtime!: 3+ years
    Join us for an afternoon of fun parachute activities and games!
  • Pumpkin Carving Party: 6+
    Gather your friends and family and sign up to create your own jack-o-lantern with the library's tools.
  • 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!
  • Red Cross Babysitting Course: 11-15 years
    Learn basic first aid and caregiving skills in this one day babysitting course presented by the Canadian Red Cross. Red Cross Babysitter’s Manual and wallet card will be given upon successful completion of this course.
  • S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Stations: 7-9 years
    Explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through fun and exciting challenges. Imagine it, create it, build it!
  • Save the Gingerbread Man!: 4+ years
    Can you help the Gingerbread Man get across the river without getting eaten? Test your bridge building skills using a variety of materials to create the strongest bridge you can!
  • Science Literacy Week: 6-9 years
    Join us in the Children’s Department for science fun, Canadian science trivia and other hands on activities as we investigate different aspects of science: sound, flight and chemistry through simple experiments.

  • Snap Circuits: 8 - 12
    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!
  • STEAM Station Afternoon: 8-12 years
    Come to the library for a fun afternoon of STEAM maker activities. Limit of 15 kids.
  • TD Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party - Oak Ridges: Preschool to Grade 8
    Come bid Summer Reading Club farewell with an afternoon of fun activities, prizes, and snacks!
  • TD Summer Reading Wrap Up Party - Central: Pre-school to grade 8
    Join us for a performance by RHPL Live followed by more fun activities and cake in the Children's Department.
  • TD Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party - Richmond Green: All Ages
    Come celebrate the wrap-up of our summer reading program and enjoy a performance by Music by Jake! We will award the final Summer Reading Club prizes.
  • Thanksgiving Storytime: all ages with a parent
    Come celebrate Thanksgiving with a morning of songs, stories, and activities!
  • Travel Adventurer (Coding & Robotics) by Logics Academy: 6 - 9
    Join Dash and Dot, the world’s greatest explorers! Learn how to program Dash and Dot to discover treasure, dodge booby traps, and make maps using an intuitive graphical coding language!
  • Tween TD Summer Reading Photo Hunt: 10-13 years
    Every Tuesday from July 4 - August 22, a new picture will appear on the Tween Photo Hunt Website. It is up to you to figure out where the picture was taken from.
  • Tweens Night - Book Art: 10-13 years
    Using different methods such as folding, cutting and collage, create art from old books.
  • Tweens Night - Mad Scientist: 10-13 years
    Put on your lab coat and practice your evil laugh as we conduct crazy science experiments to celebrate Science Literacy Week
  • Tweens Night - Perler Beads: 10-13 years
    Come and create an off line 8 bit character, a smiling cupcake, a superhero or whatever else you can think of with perler beads.
  • Tweens Night - Zombie Olympics: 10-13 years
    Skull bowling, eye ball golf and an obstacle course of lost body parts, sounds like gruesome good time! Celebrate International Games Week with Zombies for an exciting evening!
  • WINTER BREAK: Board Game Fun: All Ages (Family)
    Drop-in to play some of our board games, make friends, and have fun!
  • WINTER BREAK: Snowy Storytime: All Ages (Family)
    Join us for a storytime full of snowy stories, songs, and rhymes. We will even explore some wintertime science!