I still remember going to the library with my mom as a preschooler. I don’t know how often we went, but I do know that every time we did, I took out a huge stash of books, often the same ones over and over again. Now that I have my own preschooler, I love our library trips. We are huge readers, and going to the library means that we’re getting a little variety in terms of bedtime stories. With four books every night, we go through them pretty quickly.
My local branch of the Ottawa Public Library is on Orleans Boulevard. It has a good selection of books for preschoolers in both English and French. There’s also a smaller section of board books, again in both languages, for babies and toddlers. The children’s section at the Orleans branch has kid-sized tables and chairs as well as a rocking chair for moms and dads.
This particular branch offers a number of different programs for kids of all ages. For instance, it offers several sessions of Babytime and Toddler Time each week, with stories, songs and games for the tiniest library aficionados. For preschoolers, the Orleans branch offers Storytime sessions on weekdays, and older kids (6-9) are invited to special events at the library, such as the Springfun program in April, where kids will hear a story, do a craft and participate in other activities. All of these programs are identified as “bilingual” on the library site, although it is unclear whether the stories and activities will be presented in English and French to the same group, or whether groups will be divided up according to language. For kids who need a little bit of help with schoolwork, the Orleans branch also offers a homework club on Saturday mornings for grades 1-10.
My little guy loves the library and I look forward to bringing my daughter to the baby programs when she’s a little bit older. No matter the season, a Saturday-morning trip to the library is always a treat for our family!
Isabelle is the mom of 3.5 year old Jay and two-month old Rosie. You can also find her at Dr. Peach’s Blog.