Activities that let kids get their hands dirty

Carrie Bosco

Come discover all the services Community Centre Library has to offer on Friday evenings and Sundays! We’re testing additional hours on Friday evenings and Sundays at the Community Centre Library throughout September and October. On Fridays, we’ll be extending our hours of operation to 8 p.m. On Sundays, we’ll be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We’re getting ready for Science Literacy Week activities at the Library. There are still openings for children in these workshops. On Monday, September 17, at Community Centre Library or Tuesday, September 18 at Victoria Avenue, make a tornado in a bottle. Build an aluminum boat. Survive a shark attack. Enjoy some historically disastrous STEAM activities based on Lauren Tarshis’s popular ‘I Survived’ series.  This program begins at 3:45 p.m., is for ages 9 - 14, and no registration is required.

Get your hands dirty and see what colours you can create in our Colour Mixing Lab at the Victoria Avenue Library on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. or at Community Centre Library on Thursday, September 20 at 10 a.m. This program is for children 3 - 5 years of age with a caregiver - registration is required.

If you dare, you can experiment with a variety of disgusting concoctions, from bird poop paint to drinkable blood, super spit to synthetic snot. Science has never been so slimy at the Stamford Library on Wednesday, September 19 at 3:45 p.m. or at the Community Centre Library on Thursday, September 20 at 3:45 p.m. for kids 6 - 11 years. Registration is required.

Babies, babies everywhere! The Victoria Avenue Library is doing another baby box distribution on Wednesday, September 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. All expecting and new parents must register at to receive their box. Inspired by a Finnish tradition, this is an innovative, integrated program equipping parents with education and resources to give their babies a safe start in life.

Join other crafters, knitters, crocheters and more for an afternoon of sharing and learning or Crafternoon as we like to call it.  Bring your tools and supplies and spend the afternoon sharing patterns, ideas and more. Crafternoons are at the Stamford Centre Library on Wednesdays and at the Victoria Avenue Library on Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  No registration required.

Looking for a new volunteer experience? Why not try our Visiting Library Service. The Library delivers items once a month to those who cannot get to the Library due to illness, age or disability. Contact us by phone at 905-356-8080 X250 or email to for more information about volunteering or how to apply for this important program.

Carrie Bosco is the Customer Service Librarian.

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Come discover all the services Community Centre Library has to offer on Friday evenings and Sundays!


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