When Schools are Closed

Make a visit to the library part of their weekday when your kids are at home and the schools are closed. We're here to help keep them engaged in learning, busy, and having fun. Please remember: all children under 10 must be accompanied by a responsible adult caregiver when at the library.

The library offers self-directed activities at all locations and events such as movies and book clubs. Check the Events calendar for things to do at the library.

Mon Feb 17: Family Book Club. Read the next 20 pages of your novel today. Don't forget to have someone recap what you read last time.  If you’re just getting started, grab a great read-aloud novel and gather together to share the story a few times a week. We recommend The Hollow Under the Tree by Cary Fagan. (See booklist below)

Tue Feb 18: ABC Scavenger hunt. Write out the alphabet down the side of a piece of paper. Find one object in your home for each letter. Bonus points for double letter objects, like Cotton Candy for ‘C’.

Wed Feb 19: Create a board game. Grab some paper and crayons, and create a board game. Make up the rules and write them down. Invite some family of friends to play.

Thu Feb 20: Dance Party! Stream a CD from Hoopla, and have a family dance party. Have a dance off to see who has the most creative moves.

Fri Feb 21: Hide and Seek! Nothing beats this classic game. Too easy? Try it in the dark.

Mon Feb 24: Family Book Club. Read the next 20 pages of your novel today. Don't forget to have someone recap what you read last time. If you’re just getting started, grab a great read-aloud novel and gather together to share the story a few times a week. We recommend The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. (See booklist below)

Tue Feb 25: Pull out some old socks and draw faces on them to make sock puppets—then put on a show!

Wed Feb 26: Prepare an indoor picnic lunch—make your favourite sandwiches, bake some cupcakes—and best of all, no ants!

Thu Feb 27: Reminisce about your favourite family vacation and draw pictures of everything you did to make a book.

Fri Feb 28: Check out some great books and read-alongs on our TumbleBook Library online resource.

Past Suggestions

  • Family Book Club. Pick a novel to read aloud as a family, read 20 pages today. We suggest anything by Roald Dahl.
  • Laser beam maze. Grab a roll of tape and some string, stretch pieces between walls in a hallway to make a laser maze. Time yourself navigating the maze. Don’t get zapped!
  • Recycling bin challenge. Raid your recycling bin for containers and boxes. Pick 5 items and combine them into a new invention. Try to convince other members of your family why they need your new creation.
  • Family Book Club. Read the next 20 pages of your novel today. Don't forget to have someone recap what you read last time. Continue to do this a few times per week.
  • Play a memory game. Gather items from around the house and place on a table. Have everyone look at the items for one minute, then cover with a towel. See how many items you can remember.
  • Snacking Fun! Look at the items in your pantry and fridge. Think of a simple snack that you can all make together. Get creative! Talk about food practices and healthy snacks and just plain fun snacks! example: Ants on a log (Celery, Cream cheese, Raisins). Enjoy the snack!
  • Camping Day! Have an indoor camping day. Build a 'tent' with blankets and then play a boardgame in the tent.
  • National Wear Red Day (first Friday in February). Find something red to wear. Red reminds us of hearts and love and Valentines Day. Make a card for someone you love for Valentine's Day which will be the following week on Fri Feb 14.
  • Family Book Club. Read the next 20 pages of your novel today. Don't forget to have someone recap what you read last time. If you’re just getting started, grab a great read-aloud novel and gather together to share the story a few times a week. We recommend the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series.
  • Learn a new language. Try our fantastic language learning tool, Transparent Language Online. Pick a language to try as a family. See how many words you can learn in one day.
  • Indoor Igloo. Use ice cubes to build an igloo inside on a tray or plate. Can you build a structure before the ice melts?
  • Card Party. Play a classic card game: Crazy Eights, Go Fish, and War are great ones to start with.
  • Valentines Day! Write a poem for someone in your home. “Roses are red, violets, are blue…” Will your poem be silly or sweet?

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