Summer Reading Club

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The TD Summer Reading Club is up and running at all London Public Libraries. This program is open to all school-aged children in London. Whether you have an avid reader at home or one that struggles to read, this program is perfect to prevent that summer slump and keep kids turning the pages in the sunshine.

SUMMER READING CLUB

The program runs at each public library from now until August 22, 2015. Kids must visit a library to register. Upon registration, they will receive a small package with stickers, a passport, and all of the things they’ll need to participate.

Once registered, start reading! Every book your kid reads can be recorded in their Read to Play notebook. Everything counts! Books, novels, short stories, magazines, comics, just start reading. Visit any library during regular library hours and tell a librarian about what you read to earn stamps. Once your card has five stamps, drop it in the ballot box for a chance to win some cool prizes! You may only collect five stamps per day, per kid. Spending too much time by the pool? Submit your book report online HERE to earn ballots as well.

Want to earn more stamps? Do a few of the activities presented: Draw a map of where you live, Visit a grocery store and make a list, Play a game or Do a puzzle.

BOOK SUGGESTIONS

Not sure where to get started? The library website is full of great ideas for books and reading material that kids love. Have a look HERE.

If you have younger kids, grab one of the bags-to-go at either the front of the library or the kids section. A selection of books have been put together by the librarians for when you don’t have time to search and are open to reading something new.

Most libraries also have a number of books on display for all ages, there are reviews online of things that other kids have read, and you can always spend some time at the library browsing the shelves. Set a goal with your kids or for yourself and get reading!

March Break 2015

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The March Break is finally here! For the vast majority of children and teens, the countdown probably began the first week in January, so let’s make it worth the wait. If you’re leaving our fine city for somewhere warm – enjoy yourself! If you’re sticking around London and your kids aren’t signed up for camps (if you’re scrambling, here is our list), here are some of the highlights of what is going on:

FLEETWAY

Fleetway is ready to celebrate the March Break all week with bowling from 9:00am to 6:00pm (extended to 2:00am on Friday), the rock wall from 11:00am to 8:00pm (extended to 11:30pm on Friday), and all day fun with glow-golf, billiards, and the Pladium Lite games room.

WESTMOUNT SHOPPING CENTRE

Westmount has daily fun for the family with the VOCPRI Charity Used Book Sale daily, Salthaven Wildlife Presentations on March 16, 17, and 20th, and The Fossil Guy on March 18 and 19. See the link for times and more information.

EAST PARK GOLF GARDENS

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PA Day Fun for January 16

PA DAY

This Friday is a PA Day for both the TVDSB and the LDCSB. If you are looking for activities to keep your children busy, here are a few things happening in London:

WHITE OAKS MALL

Mascot Mania is happening at White Oaks Mall from 12noon until 2:00pm this Friday. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Jake the Neverland Pirate, Tinkerbell, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Darth Vadar will be hanging out taking pictures and signing autographs at three separate locations throughout the mall.  Parents should visit the Information booth and fill out a ballot to win a private party with your favourite character courtesy of Magical Princess Parties.

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Pre-registration is required for the PA Day camp at the London Children’s Museum this Friday. The camp runs from 8:30am to 5:30am. This Friday’s theme is Boggling Optical Illusions! Let your kids challenge and trick their eyes through optical illusion activities and create their own optical illusion artwork. Programs are designed for children 3-12 years old. To register, call 519-434-5726.

SKATING

If you’re looking for a free activity to burn off some of that crazy energy kids seem to accumulate through the day, head downtown to the Covent Garden Market from 8:00am to 7:00pm or to Victoria Park from 10:00am to 10:00pm with your skates!

MUSEUM LONDON

Museum London is also hosting a day camp from 8:30am to 4:30pm. If you have an aspiring artist in your family, this is the place for them to be! After learning about the history of Nature London and viewing unusual specimens, participants will make armatures upon which to build abstract figures or animals. They will also construct 3D animals out of sheets of corrugated cardboard. Register online HERE.

LONDON PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Byron Library (auditorium), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Carson Library (meeting room), 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Button Making, ages 5+

Central Library (children’s section), 9:00am to 6:00pm: PA Day Craft, drop-in for families

Central Library (TDCT children’s program room), 2:30pm to 3:00pm (English), 3:00 to 3:30pm (French) NFB of Canada’s short films for children, drop-in for families

Cherryhill Library (Meeting Room), 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Shaping and Patterning Art Workshop, 9-12yrs. register HERE.

Crouch Library, 2:00pm to 5:00pm: Get Your Game On, drop-in, ages 7+

Jalna Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: PA Day Craft, drop-in, family

Landon Library, 2:30pm to 4:30pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Masonville Library, 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Sherwood Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Captain Underpants Lots o’ Laffs at the Library, Register HERE.

Stoney Creek Library, 2:00pm to 3:30pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Westmount Library, 2:00pm to 3:30pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

** See branches for more information

PA Day Fun for November 21

PA DAY

Looking for something fun for the kids to do this Friday, November 21 while they’re home from school? We have a few ideas!

Mad Science at White Oaks Mall

Head to the Jalna North Court from 11:00am to 12:30pm to learn about Optical Illusions and again from 1:00pm to 2:30pm for Fun-damental Forces.

Children’s Museum Day Camp

Drop the kids off for a full day of fun from 8:30am to 5:00pm where they will be learning about becoming a zoologist with Amazing Animals! Pizza lunch is offered at an additional cost. Email info@londonchildrensmuseum.ca or call 519-434-5726 for more information.

Museum London: A Story of Canadian Art

Museum London has an exciting and educational day planned for children ages 6 through 12, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Kids will be exploring the museum and getting hands on as they create their own art inspired by Emily Carr, Group of Seven, and David Milne. Cost is $45 per child. Register HERE.

Stoney Creek YMCA Day Camp

The Stoney Creek YMCA has an all-day camp for children 3-12 years old. Find the registration form HERE or call 519-453-8858 for more information.

London Public Libraries

Byron Library (auditorium), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Byron Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Button making, drop-in, ages 5+

Carson Library (meeting room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Central Library (children’s section), 10:00am to 4:00pm: Project Art Day, drop-in for families

Central Library (TDCT children’s program room), 1:00pm to 2:00pm (English), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (French): NFB of Canada’s short films for children, drop-in for families

Cherryhill Library (Sam Katz Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, TICKETS REQUIRED available at the branch now

Crouch Library, 10:30 to 11:30am: Family and Friends Puppet Show,drop-in, children with caregiver

Crouch Library, 2:00pm to 5:00pm: Get Your Game On, drop-in, ages 7+

East London (Rotary Meeting Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Pond Mills (meeting room A&B), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Stoney Creek Library, 10:00am to 4:00pm: Rhyming and Finding Scavenger Hunt, drop-in for families

Westmount Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Craft Time, drop-in for families

** See branches for more information

The Library Store

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It’s no secret that I am enormous fan of the entire Christmas season. From the time I break out the scarves, until the last twinkling light is packed away, I am a happy woman. However, if there is one thing that can put a damper on my hohoho, it is the accumulation of Too Much Stuff. October becomes my favourite time of year to do a thorough evacuation of our excess possessions and send off what I can to other homes. Combine this urge to purge with a true love for our phenomenal public library system here in London and you get The Library Store.

The Library Store takes donations of used books and other materials to resell or add to the library’s borrowing stock. While any library is generally able to accept small donations, the Central Branch is equipped to receive your big annual clean out. Any gently used and relevant adult, teen or children’s books are happily accepted (time to clear out those board books!), special interest books (like that Atkins cookbook you used once or the knitting book someone swore you would love), recent popular magazines (thank you QSP fundraiser) and any CD’s or DVD’s that your children have not managed to scratch. They will even take your completely useless collection of VHS movies,so get rid of them! They don’t want all of your junk though – please find another home for your old highlighted textbooks, your 1985 encyclopedia’s and your child’s book with the questionable stain.

The Library Store has a permanent location at the downtown Central Branch in Citi Plaza. It is a fantastic used book store where you can purchase overstocked or donated items such as novels, children’s books, magazines, CD’s and DVD’s – not only is it a great place to donate your previously loved items, but it also makes a great Christmas-on-a-Budget shop, especially if you still have a functioning VHS player.

Volunteers from the Friends of the London Public Library run the store, with proceeds going back to the library and special projects of the LPL system. For more information, have a look at their website: http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/donatematerials