Children’s Services

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.

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.

Our regular programs are posted on our Home Page, but here are some other resources we have to offer:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a 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.

Drop-In Activities

Do you love board games? Puzzles? Crafts? Next time you are at either branch ask one of our friendly staff about game, craft, Lego, or STEM nights. We also list these events on our calendar, available on our Home Page. We are always adding to our collection and are changing up our craft kits often. Our board games and puzzles are also available to borrow for a family game night at home. Come in and explore!

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!

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 Britannica is a virtual encyclopedia offering information on just about any subject! There are also tips for writing reports, papers, and preparing for presentations. This site is subscription-based but they do offer a 7 day free trial.
  • TFO offers movies, tv shows, news, and games for adults and children – all in French.

Online Games

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

  • 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!