March/April What's On - Kids & Families

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Information about March/April What's On - Kids & Families

Published on February 21, 2014

Author: AjaxLibrary



Programs and events happening at the Ajax Public Library for Kids and Families during March and April

March/April 2014 WHAT’S ON Kids & Families Follow Us Marvelous Maker March Break! March 7 to 14 Don’t miss our special March Break insert with all of the fun and exciting programs you can be a part of during your school break. Programs include: » March Break Movies » Decoupage » Drum Artz » Animation Workshop » Lego » And more! Registration required. eReading Room: just for kids An exclusive collection for your child Do you have a kid that loves technology? We have just the thing for them! In February we launched an eReading Room just for kids. You will find a wide selection including picture books, learning to read books and chapter books. And if you are familiar with our adult eBook collection, you’ll find that downloading books from the kids area is just as easy. You can search for books by: Subject – Fiction, Non Fiction Humour, Mystery, Picture Book Fiction, Science Fiction and Mystery Collections – New Additions, Most Popular, Recently Returned, Harry Potter Levels – Interest Level, ATOS Level, Lexile Measure, Reading Level With all of these options, it’s easy to find what your child is looking for. Bring your child to our Tech Day program (part of Ajax Reading Circle) on March 22 where Library staff will show them how to view animated books on an iPad and Kobo (see back page for details). You will also find some of the Snuggle Up and Read books in the eReading Room including the Timber Wolf series, and Panic in Pittsburg and Danger in Dinosaur Valley by Roy MacGregor.

Gamers Club March 1 & April 5 1:30 – 3 p.m. Main Branch Calling young gamers! It’s time to get connected. Meet other kids your age and compete in multiplayer tournaments of hit games such as Skylanders Giants, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Party 9, followed by free play of any games the group would like. Game on! Ages 10-14. Free, drop in program. ADHD Parent Support Group March 10 & April 14 7 – 9 p.m. Green living days Register online at or by phone at the numbers below. Family Film Disneynature: Wings of Life Wednesday, April 23 6:30 p.m. Main Branch Rated G Join us for a special screening of this Disney documentary that delves into the realm of flowers and their pollinators. Bring the whole family! Register online or by phone at 905-683-4000 ext. 8811. Eco Kids Backyard Adventures Saturday, April 26 1 - 2:30 p.m. McLean Branch Explore the creatures that live in our backyards! Make a Toad Abode to take home. For children ages 6 and up. Register online or by phone at 905-428-8489. Main Branch Do you have a child identified with ADHD or a learning disability? Are you looking for support and the ability to share and learn from other parents and guardians who face similar challenges? Join the Durham ADHD Parent Support Group for an evening of sharing and learning. Free refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, contact Sandria at Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 26 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Main Branch Join the Ajax Reading Circle for an Earth Day Celebration! Read environmental books with high school volunteers and make an Earth Day craft. Register online or by phone at 905-683-4000 ext. 8811. For more information about Ajax Green Living Days, including a list of events hosted by the Town of Ajax, visit

storytime Early literacy begins with you. Help your child get ready to read with simple activities every day. Spring Storytime runs from March 24 to June 19. books for babies - Birth to 2 years old Tuesday 10:30 a.m.  Main Branch Enjoy songs, poems, finger plays and simple books with your baby. Moms and Dads are welcome to stay and chat at the end of storytime. tales for twos - 2 to 3 years old Monday 10:30 a.m.  Main Branch Wednesday 10:30 a.m.  McLean Branch Toddlers will enjoy simple stories, felt boards and action rhymes. We can also help you choose books to take home and share with your little one. preschool storytime - 3 to 5 years old Monday 1:30 p.m.  McLean Branch Tuesday 10:30 a.m.  McLean Branch Wednesday 10:30 a.m.  Main Branch Share a story and complete a simple craft or activity as we focus on pre-reading skills. family storytime - all ages Enjoy a fun-filled session of family friendly stories, songs and activities. SINGING WRITING Saturday, April 12  3 - 4 p.m. Main Branch Share some family friendly stories and songs in French. Suitable for children ages three and up. This is a free program, but space is limited. Register: In person in any of our branches or 905-683-4000 ext. 8811 or Presented in partnership with Conseil d’école: l’école élémentaire catholique Notre-Damede-la-Jeunesse. Read with me Thursdays — April 3 - 24 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Main Branch Tuesday & Thursday 1:30 p.m.  Audley Rec Centre TALKING HEURE DU CONTE FRANÇAIS READING PLAYING Introduce yourself and your baby to the world of children’s literature. Gain an understanding of your child’s language development stages and create a homemade book to treasure. Space is limited to 20 adults and their babies zero to 12 months old. Register at events or 905-683-4000 ext. 8811 during regular library hours. In partnership with YMCA Ontario Early Years. Presented by Joan Gajadharsingh, Early Years Literacy Specialist.

Ajax REading Circle Early Years Programs Read to Succeed Bouncing Babies - 0 to 12 months Saturdays – March 22 to May 17  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Main Branch Session 1 – Wednesdays – March 5, 19 & 26 Session 2 – Wednesdays – April 2 - 30 2 – 3 p.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m. Main Branch Readers from age 4 to 12 read with high school volunteers on Saturday mornings. Share stories and improve your reading skills with your big buddy. French assistance is available. Learn how to incorporate music and musical instruments into baby’s everyday play experiences. Mother Goose - 0 to12 months Tech Day  March 22 Fridays – April 4 - June 13 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Main Branch Learn about animated picture books on your iPad and Kobo. Create Farm Animal Finger Puppets  March 29 Based on the oral tradition of storytelling, this program focuses on learning songs, rhymes and stories. Make a Rainy Day Mobile  April 5 Infant Massage - 0 to12 months Easter Bunny Fun  April 12 Cancelled for Easter Weekend  April 19 Thursdays – April 3 - 24 1:30 – 3 p.m. Main Branch Earth Day Celebration  April 26 Experience the benefits of infant massage and relaxation techniques while spending quality time with your baby. Star Wars Day  May 3 Mother’s Day Party  May 10 Priority Registration: In person at Ajax Ontario Early Years Centre, 75 Centennial Rd. South (ACC) Regular Registration: Call 905-619-4565, ext. 310 Ajax Reading Circle Graduation  May 17 Make a graduation cap and collect your certificate! Registration begins Feb. 24 for March programs. Registration begins March 24 for April programs. Register online at or by phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8811. Spark! A juried art show for kids Art Reception—Saturday, March 22 2 - 3 p.m.  Main Branch Join us as we celebrate the wonderful talent of young Ajax artists. Voting for the People’s Choice award will take place at the start of the reception. Refreshments provided. The Ajax Reading Circle is supported by the Ajax Public Library and Frontier College. The Spark! Art Show continues through March 31. Pick-up: April 1 & 2 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Main Branch Hours & Locations All branches are closed April 18, 20 & 21 Main Branch  (905) 683-4000 Village Branch  (905) 683-1140 McLean Branch  (905) 428-8489 55 Harwood Ave. South 58 Church St. North 95 Magill Drive Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 1 – 5 p.m. Mon –Thu 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fri –Sat 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sun Closed Mon & Fri Tue –Thu Sat Sun Textnet  (866) 460-4489 Follow Us AjaxPublicLibrary @ajax_library Ajax Public Library 1 – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1 – 5 p.m. (until April 13) Ajax Library

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