FREE Summer Fun: The Library

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It’s summertime, the kids are off, and whether you’re at home with them full time or part time, you may be looking for ways to keep them occupied – without breaking the bank! We are going to be bringing you some fun summer activities and adventures over the next few weeks that are FREE or nearly free. For more ideas, search FREE SUMMER in the search bar at the top right. 

We talk about the London Public Library a lot and that’s because it is so full of wonderful, FREE activities for your kids, year round. Summer is no exception. Each branch currently has a flyer that you can take home outlining all of the special days and events running, along with the age range and whether advanced registration is required. Drop in at your closest or most preferred library and pick one up.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The obvious things you can do are find books to read and read them! There are also toys, puzzles, train tables, and computers to play, and often crafts or learning activity stations. You can also read or rent magazines, rent movies, music, audio books, and comics/graphic novels. Summer activities include: Story Times, Family Movie Nights,Books for Babies, TD Summer Reading Club, Mad Science, Sparky the Fire Dog, insects, puppets, magic, coding, origami and so much more! Activities vary by branch.

HIDDEN COSTS

If you’ve lost your library card, there will be a $2.00 replacement charge. There is also the risk (a very real risk in my house, unfortunately!) that you’ll forget a book or two and have to pay the late fees. Remember: books and CD’s are 21 days, DVD’s and Quick Picks are 7 days.

MORE INFORMATION

For locations and branch hours, see HERE.

For branch programs, see HERE.

 

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!

Spring Plant Exchange

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Each Saturday in May, the London Public Library is hosting a Spring Plant Exchange.

This FREE event happens at different locations, at different times. To participate, bring your extra cuttings, bulbs, and plants to the library location at the specified time and exchange them with other gardeners to plants that you need or want. Please bring all plants in leak-proof containers with clearly written labels on them.

A Master Gardener may be on hand at the events to answer any questions.

LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Saturday, May 9

2:00-4:00pm Beacock

Saturday, May 16

9:00-noon Westmount

Saturday, May 23

9:30-11:30 Landon

10:00-noon Byron

10:00-noon East London

10:00-noon Jalna

10:00-noon Stoney Creek

1:00-3:00 Crouch

Saturday, May 30

9:30-11:00 Lambeth

9:30-11:30 Sherwood

10:00-noon Masonville

2:00-4:00 Cherryhill

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