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Winter 2019/2020 *Family Storytime Mondays at Stamford has been cancelled.

Preschool Early Literacy Programs

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.


Babytime

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.
Registration required.


Fun for Ones

For babies who are walking and talking and their adult caregivers. Join us for songs, stories, music and activities.
Registration required.


Time for 2s and 3s

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.
Registration required.


Family Storytime

For children of all ages and their adult caregivers. Develop pre-literacy skills with books, songs, games, rhymes, movies, crafts and creative play.
Registration required.


Shake, Shimmy & Dance

Ages 0-7 Make some noise and bring your dancing shoes for our music and movement storytime!
Registration required.


Kids' Reading Club Jr.

Ages 5-8 Need a break after school? come read with us.
Registration required


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

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.
Registration required.

Community, Wednesday, December 18 @ 6:00 pm
Chippawa, Wednesday, January 8 @ 6:00 pm
Victoria, Wednesday, February 26 @ 6:00 pm

Caregiver Code-Along

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.
Registration required

Victoria, Saturday, February 1 @ 11:30 am

Lego Robotics | Beginner

Ages 5+ Children and caregivers work together to learn some basics of coding and robotics using Lego WeDo 1.0.
Registration required.

Victoria, Sunday, February 23 @ 1:00 pm

Bookgartners

Ages 3-6. Rhyming games, sensory bins and finger puppet activities based on the work of popular children's author Canadian Barbara Reid.
Registration required.

Victoria, Saturday, January 25 @ 12:30 pm
Community, Saturday, February 8 @ 12:30 pm

Friday Night Block Party

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

Creation Station

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

Nature Tales Storytime

Drop in for nature stories, songs and activities. Take home a vegetable from our new tower garden.

Victoria, Saturday, January 11 @ 11:30 am

Sensory Play Sunday

All ages. A slippery, sticky, hands-on experience. Dress to get messy.

Community, Sundays, February 9, March 8, May 3 @ 1:30 pm

Family Fort Fun

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

Drive-In Movie

All ages. With the help of an adult, kids build their own cardboard car and enjoy a short film at the drive-in.
Registration required.

Victoria, Sunday, January 5 @ 1:30 pm

Baby Art

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

Lego & a Movie

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

Dancing to the Beat Kids' Dance Party

All ages. Let loose to some funky tunes. Don't forget your dancing shoes.

Victoria, Sunday, February 2 @ 1:30 pm

Minute to Win It

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.
Registration required.

Chippawa, Saturday, February 15 @ 1:30 pm

Library Mini Golf

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

Slime Time

All ages. Squishy, gooey, yucky - make your own slime!
Registration required.

Victoria, Saturday, April 25 @ 1:30 pm

Kidding Around With Photoshop

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.
Registration required.

Community, Thursday, January 23 @ 4:00 pm
Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 11:30 am

Classic NES Arcade

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

DIY Story Box

Ages 6+ Create your own story or build a scene from your favourite book.

Victoria, Saturday, April 11 @ 1:30 pm

Just Dance

Ages 9+ Bust a move at our Just Dance party.

Victoria, Sunday, March 29 @ 1:30 pm

Chess Club

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

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Paint Express

Ages 9+ Embrace your creative side while painting a winter-themed canvas. Guidance and all supplies will be provided.
Registration required.

Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 1:30 pm. "Winter Birch"

Chippawa Kids' Movies

All ages. Enjoy a kid-friendly feature film at the Chippawa Library once a month on Saturdays.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Therapy Tails

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

After-School Kids' Club

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

Reading Buddies

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

Board Game Café

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

Colour-Mixing Lab

Ages 3+ with caregiver. Get your hands dirty and see what colours you can create.

Chippawa, Saturday, March 28 @ 1:30 pm

PD Day Drop-In Fun

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

Cursive Writing

Ages 6+ A chance for kids to work on their cursive writing skills and become more confident, creative writers.
Registration required

Community Centre, Thursdays, February 27, March 5, 12, 26 @ 4:00 pm

Girls Code

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

Piano Lessons

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!

Ages 8-9.  Tuesdays, February 11 - June 2, 3:45 pm. Registration required
Ages 10-12. Tuesdays, February 11 - June 2, 4:30 pm. Registration required

Be Internet Awesome

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.
Registration required.

Victoria, Sunday, January 26 @ 1:30 pm

Cupcake Wars

Ages 11+ Put your cupcake decorating skills to the test! Bring home the glory and then eat it. All materials included.
Registration required.

Victoria, Saturday, February 22 @ 1:30 pm

Button-Making Bonanza

All ages. DIY customized buttons. Because who doesn't love a button?

Community, Sundays, January 12, April 26 @ 1:30 pm

Robot Battles

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.
Registration required.

Victoria, Sunday, January 19 @ 11:30 am
Community, Thursday, February 20 @ 4:00 pm 

Animation Creations

Ages 8+ Experiment with a variety of animation techniques, from stop motion to flip books, as you create your own short clip.
Registration required

Community, Thursday, December 12, January 9, February 6 @ 4:00 pm
Victoria, Saturday, February 1 @ 1:00 pm

Meme Factory

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.
Registration required

Community, Thursday, January 16 @ 4:00 pm
Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 1:30 pm

Making Video Games

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.
Registration required.

Victoria, Sunday, January 19 @ 1:00 pm

Resistor Case Workshop

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.
Registration required.

Victoria, Saturday, January 25 @ 12:30 pm

Building in 3D

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.
Registration required

Community, Thursday, February 13 @ 4:00 pm

Dungeons & Dragons

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!
Registration required.

Victoria, Mondays @ 4:00 pm

St. John Ambulance - Home Alone

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

St. John Ambulance - Babysitting Basics

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