Winter 2019/2020 *Family Storytime Mondays at Stamford has been cancelled.
Niagara Falls Public Library offers Early Literacy Programs for all ages - find the one that's right for you!
Literacy programs at Niagara Falls Public Library are FREE.
Registration is required, either in person at any NFPL location, by phone at 905-356-8080 or online.
Come and have fun with music, rhymes, tickles and bounces. Bring a blanket and let us introduce you and your baby to a variety of board books and activities.
For babies who are walking and talking and their adult caregivers. Join us for songs, stories, music and activities.
For toddlers and preschoolers ready for a longer, more active program and their adult caregivers. Develop pre-literacy skills with books, songs, games, rhymes, movies, crafts and creative play.
For children of all ages and their adult caregivers. Develop pre-literacy skills with books, songs, games, rhymes, movies, crafts and creative play.
Ages 0-7 Make some noise and bring your dancing shoes for our music and movement storytime!
Ages 5-8 Need a break after school? come read with us.
All ages. Bring your favourite stuffed animal for a story and games, then leave them in the library for the night. come get them in the morning, but don't forget to check our social media to see what kind of mischief they get up to when no one is watching.
Community, Wednesday, December 18 @ 6:00 pm
Chippawa, Wednesday, January 8 @ 6:00 pm
Victoria, Wednesday, February 26 @ 6:00 pm
Ages 5+ with caregiver. Children and caregivers will work through basic programming and computational thinking challenges. Information will be provided for continuing lesson activities outside of the session.
Victoria, Saturday, February 1 @ 11:30 am
Ages 5+ Children and caregivers work together to learn some basics of coding and robotics using Lego WeDo 1.0.
Victoria, Sunday, February 23 @ 1:00 pm
Ages 3-6. Rhyming games, sensory bins and finger puppet activities based on the work of popular children's author Canadian Barbara Reid.
Victoria, Saturday, January 25 @ 12:30 pm
Community, Saturday, February 8 @ 12:30 pm
All ages. Get down with blocks. Big ones, little ones, we have all kinds. Come build something amazing!
Community Centre, Fridays, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
* no block party on March 20 or April 10
All ages. Glue and sparkles and paper, oh my! Join us for our Creation Station program to turn your imagination into art! We'll supply all the creative materials you'll need to make something dazzling.
Community Centre, Thursdays @ 6:00 pm
Drop in for nature stories, songs and activities. Take home a vegetable from our new tower garden.
Victoria, Saturday, January 11 @ 11:30 am
All ages. A slippery, sticky, hands-on experience. Dress to get messy.
Community, Sundays, February 9, March 8, May 3 @ 1:30 pm
Come and build a fort with your family. When you're finished, snuggle up and enjoy a good book. Bring a favourite blanket for fort building, or use ours.
Stamford, Saturday, January 18 @ 12:30 pm
All ages. With the help of an adult, kids build their own cardboard car and enjoy a short film at the drive-in.
Victoria, Sunday, January 5 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 4-12 months. Bring your baby for some creative and messy fun.
Community, Tuesday, February 25, Thursdays, March 5, April 2, May 28 @ 1:30 pm
Victoria, Mondays, March 2, April 6 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 7+ Enjoy a movie while getting hands on with our LEGO.
The Lego Movie (2014, 100 minutes, Rated PG)
Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 11:30 am
All ages. Let loose to some funky tunes. Don't forget your dancing shoes.
Victoria, Sunday, February 2 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 6+ Move a cookie using only your face. Race a ping pong ball across the floor. You've got less than a minute to become an ultimate champion.
Chippawa, Saturday, February 15 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 6+ Design a mini golf course throughout the library and then battle it out to see who will become the ultimate mini golf winner.
Victoria, Saturday, February 1 @ 12:30 pm
All ages. Squishy, gooey, yucky - make your own slime!
Victoria, Saturday, April 25 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 8+ You will get comfortable with image editing basics, from cropping to working with layers and filters. We'll also discuss freely available tools so you can continue on your own.
Community, Thursday, January 23 @ 4:00 pm
Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 11:30 am
Ages 9+ Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Nintendo Tennis - sample a selection of classic NES games using our three Nintendo Switches and Switch Online.
Victoria, Sunday, January 26 @ 11:30 am
Ages 6+ Create your own story or build a scene from your favourite book.
Victoria, Saturday, April 11 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 9+ Bust a move at our Just Dance party.
Victoria, Sunday, March 29 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 12+ Play a game, talk strategy or battle it out! Drop in and bring a 'mate'. Chess boards provided.
Victoria, Fridays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 4:00 pm
Ages 9+ Embrace your creative side while painting a winter-themed canvas. Guidance and all supplies will be provided.
Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 1:30 pm. "Winter Birch"
All ages. Enjoy a kid-friendly feature film at the Chippawa Library once a month on Saturdays.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
All ages. Read to a dog, hang out with a dog or hug a dog - the Therapy Tails dogs are ready for everything. Perfect for children who are nervous around dogs, looking for some sensory input, need practice reading out loud or just want to hang out and relax with these furry friends.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Centre, Saturdays, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9
Victoria Avenue, Saturdays, January 25, February 22, March 28, April 25, May 23
Stamford Centre, Saturdays, January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16
All ages. Drop in for all kinds of fun, including video games, board games, LEGO and more.
Community Centre, Tuesdays @ 4:00 pm
Chippawa, Wednesdays @ 3:15 pm
Victoria Avenue, Thursday @ 4:00 pm
Ages 6+ Reading Buddies is a weekly reading support program that gives children one-to-one reading practice with a teen volunteer. Buddies have fun reading together and enjoy activities that build confidence and a love of reading. Reading Buddies runs during the school year from October to June.
Victoria Avenue, Tuesdays, December 10, 17, February 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 4:00 pm
Stamford Centre, Wednesdays, December 4, 11, 18, February 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 4:00 pm
Come out to Victoria or Community on Family Day and get your game face on with the library's board game collection. Also check out our life size board games with Checkers, Connect Four, Bowling and Jenga.
Victoria & Community, Monday February 17 @ 11:30 am
Ages 3+ with caregiver. Get your hands dirty and see what colours you can create.
Chippawa, Saturday, March 28 @ 1:30 pm
Board games, LEGO, crafts, obstacle challenges, robots ... who knows what we'll do?
Victoria Avenue, Stamford Centre, Community Centre
January 17, February 14 @ 10:30 am
Fun Film in the Pit @ Vic
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019, 102 minutes, Rated PG) January 17
The Princess Bride (1987, 98 minutes, Rated PG) February 14
Victoria Avenue, Fridays @ 1:00 pm
Ages 6+ A chance for kids to work on their cursive writing skills and become more confident, creative writers.
Community Centre, Thursdays, February 27, March 5, 12, 26 @ 4:00 pm
Ages 11+ Develop your coding skills. If you're new to coding, we'll get you started. If not, work on your own projects in a fun environment.
Victoria, Wednesdays @ 3:30 pm
Start your child’s musical journey at the library with accomplished teen pianist Salony! Kids will learn to play piano in a cooperative, fun group, Tuesday afternoons every week. They don’t even need a piano at home to practice on – the library has pianos and keyboards they can use as often as they want!
All ages. Be smart. Be alert. Be kind. Be strong. Be brave. Children and caregivers can learn how to be AWESOME online with an educational game called Interland.
Victoria, Sunday, January 26 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 11+ Put your cupcake decorating skills to the test! Bring home the glory and then eat it. All materials included.
Victoria, Saturday, February 22 @ 1:30 pm
All ages. DIY customized buttons. Because who doesn't love a button?
Community, Sundays, January 12, April 26 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 8+ Customize one of our Dash, Cue, or Sphero robots. Program it to overcome a series of challenges and obstacles. Battle it out with your friends.
Victoria, Sunday, January 19 @ 11:30 am
Community, Thursday, February 20 @ 4:00 pm
Ages 8+ Experiment with a variety of animation techniques, from stop motion to flip books, as you create your own short clip.
Community, Thursday, December 12, January 9, February 6 @ 4:00 pm
Victoria, Saturday, February 1 @ 1:00 pm
Ages 8+ Pop culture, current events, and roasts - discuss the meaning of various memes and then make your own with a quick lesson on image editing and the media.
Community, Thursday, January 16 @ 4:00 pm
Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 8+ Explore the various parts of video game design and learn some basic coding skills as you bring pieces of a game to life.
Victoria, Sunday, January 19 @ 1:00 pm
Ages 10+ Does your child spend too much time on their device? This session encourages "thinkering" - for kids and teens to critically think about their screen habits while making a device pouch to take home.
Victoria, Saturday, January 25 @ 12:30 pm
Ages 8+ Think like an engineer: research, design, prototype, then build an object on our 3D printers. After the program, we'll print it for you to come pick up.
Community, Thursday, February 13 @ 4:00 pm
Ages 12+ Game on! Join in on the action and adventure as we campaign our way through the world of Dungeons and Dragons. No previous gaming experience required!
Victoria, Mondays @ 4:00 pm
Ages 9+ The Home Alone program teaches participants how to deal with emergencies and other potentially serious situations as well as phone calls and visitors, recognize hazards and follow home safety procedures. They will also learn first aid basics, healthy eating, fire safety and how and when to use 911.
Cost: $40.00 Register by calling St. John Ambulance at 905-356-7340. Space is limited.
Victoria Avenue Library
Saturdays, January 4, February 22 @ 9:30 am
Developed by a team of child care professionals, trained babysitters, St. John Ambulance instructors and parents, this course teaches new babysitters the skills necessary to care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It emphasizes safety, dealing with emergencies and first aid basics.
Ages 11-15 years. $50.00 Register by calling St. John Ambulance at 905-356-7340. Space is limited.
Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, December 7, January 18 @ 9:00 am