Norwood Branch 705-639-2228 / Westwood Branch 705-768-2548

Children’s Services


Just for Kids

Your public library is the place to be if you’re a young person in town. We have lots of fun stuff to do and can even get you help with your homework. Here are some of the great programs we have to offer:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

An exciting new early literacy program is now available at both Norwood and Westwood branches of the library!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new library program that encourages local families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools when they begin learning to read in kindergarten.

Learning to read starts way before Kindergarten. Print and sound awareness, print recognition and vocabulary all come from listening to their parents talk and read to them.

Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you.

How does it work? – Just register at either branch, keep a log (provided) of the books you read, and bring in your completed log sheets for rewards. When you complete the program, we will award your child a certificate of achievement.

There are even iPhone and Android apps to keep track of your reading on your mobile device.

Norwood Preschool Story Time

Every Friday morning, staff share their love of books and reinforce early literacy skills through stories, songs, and fingerplays in a small group setting. Our Preschool Story Time provides wonderful opportunities for children to learn to enjoy books and group activities.

  • All story times are free, open to the public, and no registration is required.
  • Story times start at 10:00am.
  • Please let us know if home daycare groups would like to attend by calling (705) 639-2228.

Westwood Kidstuff

We are proud to offer a variety of activities for kids at our Westwood Branch of the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library

Westwood holds Saturday morning crafts at 10am, Monday Crafternoons at 4pm, and a special Family Drop-in with story and craft on Thursday at from 10am-12pm.

Please drop by to pick up a bookmark of Events or download a Calendar from our front page to find out what’s happening at the library!

Class Visits

Why not bring your class to visit their local library?

A visit could contain some of the following:

  • Introduce the children to the library service, explain how to use it, show the range of material available and read a selection of stories, poems and rhymes.
  • Arrange a practical session on finding information, using a wide range of books, databases and online resources.
  • Demonstrate the use of computers in the community, by finding out how the library computer works from issuing books to providing information.
  • Promote a range of fiction stories on a theme of your choice, for your particular age group e.g. Fantasy, Historical, etc.

Please contact a librarian to set up your class visit or to obtain more information. Librarians can be reached in the Norwood Library at (705) 639-2228.

We look forward to seeing you and your class!

After School Club

Our After School Club operates Thursday afternoons at our Norwood Branch from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. A variety of activities and games are offered to all school-aged children. Sometimes we do a few weeks of themed activities or programming that we ask for registration. Registration is always free, we only ask so that we make sure we have enough materials for everyone. Homework help is available for any students who wish to drop by.

If you are in the tutoring business, remember that Asphodel-Norwood Public Library has resources to assist you, including room for study and free WiFi.

Online Homework Help

  • Fact Monster is an online homework helper that has practice quizzes and in all subjects.  You can also find study tips and educational games.
  • Kids Encyclopedia Brittanica is a virtual encyclopedia offering information on just about any subject! There are also tips for writing reports, papers, and preparing for presentations.
  • TFO French Games can help children practice French words through fun and easy games.
  • WorldBook Online Student Edition offers encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.
  • Gale in Context: Elementary – learn about a wide variety of topics including animals, art and music, geography, health, literature, people, plants, science, social studies, sports, and technology.

Online Games

Here are some safe and fun games for kids to play online!

  • NickJR Kids can play games with Dora, Peppa, the gang form Yo Gabba Gabba, and more!
  • CBC Kids has activities such as interactive stories, matching games, art studio.
  • Mattel has fun games with well known toys such as Barbie and Hot Wheels.
  • TVO Kids offers kids ages 2-11 a wide range of interactive and educational games.

Where do you go to grow? Try your public library. A visit will get you thinking!