The Brandon Public Library’s Children’s Department offers you and your child the opportunity to select from thousands of books as you discover what will become your favourites to read together. New titles are being added to the collection throughout the year, so there is always something new to discover.
Sharing stories with children is a service that the Brandon Public Library offers through the provision of programs. Participation in story based preschool programs is an important building block in getting your child ready for kindergarten. Registration is required for Library programs; programs are offered at no charge.
Baby Time (ages 0-18 months) includes singing, rhymes and stories for caregivers and babies in a short 20-30 minute session. Caregivers and babies are welcome to stay to read, socialize and play after the program. Sessions are offered on Tuesday mornings during the fall, winter and spring months.
Time for Twos (ages 24-36 months) includes stories, finger plays, activities, rhymes and crafts — all selected to suit the interests and abilities of this age group. Each child must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. Sessions are offered on Thursday mornings during the fall, winter and spring months.
Storytime (ages 3-5 years) provides the opportunity for children to participate in finger plays, activities and crafts and share stories within a small group setting. Sessions are offered on Wednesdays during the fall, winter and spring months in both morning and afternoon time slots. Children build skills that help get them ready for kindergarten – including, listening, fine and gross motor skills, sharing, and independence.
Pajama Storytime (ages 2-5) participants are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their teddy bears for a program of stories, rhymes, and crafts. Sessions are offered on Thursday evenings during the fall, winter and spring months. Each child must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
Tours offer students and teachers an introduction to the services of the library, a sneak peek at newly arrived titles and the opportunity to enjoy a story. Teachers can make arrangements to have their students register for library cards on the day of their tours. Classes and other groups are also welcome to come on their own to browse or borrow from the collection. Teachers looking for material on a particular theme are invited to phone ahead and have library staff gather materials for them for checkout.
Assorted Programs for school aged children are offered after school, during spring break, on some BSD professional development days, during the summer months, and on special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.
Offering books in English, French, Chinese, Spanish and Korean as well as DVDs, CDs, graphic novels, magazines and e-books, audio books, digital movies and more, the Brandon Public Library’s Children’s Department has something for everyone!
For additional information, contact the library at (204) 727-6648, visit in person at 710 Rosser Avenue, or online on our website wmrl.ca or on our Facebook page Western Manitoba Regional Library.