Winter 2019/2020 *Family Storytime Mondays at Stamford has been cancelled.
+ Don't get lost in the dark. Make your own unique lantern. We provide all material.
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.
Victoria, Wednesday, February 26 @ 6:00 pm
Victoria, Wednesday, April 1 @ 6:00 pm
Chippawwa, Wednesday, May 27 @ 6:00 pm
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
Stamford, Saturday, April 18 @ 1:00 pm
Ages 9+ Prepare some healthy, tasty recipes as you learn basic kitchen safety, food handling, cooking techniques and nutrition.
Victoria, Tuesdays, March 24, April 28, May 26 @ 4:00 pm
Ages 12+ Learn how to create quick, healthy and delicious salads to take on the go.
Victoria, Sunday, May 10 @ 1:30 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
Ages 3-6. Rhyming games, sensory bins and finger puppet activities based on the work of popular children's author Bob Shea.
Community, Tuesday, March 10 @ 10:30 am
Stamford, Wednesday, March 25 @ 10:30 am
Victoria, Tuesday, April 7 @ 10:30 am
Chippawa, Saturday, April 25 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 2-12 Active Start is a family-centred activity program for children with an intellectual disability. through the program, children learn basic motor skills such as walking, running, jumping, balancing and throwing in a fun and safe environment. In partnership with Special Olympics, these skills provide support for everyday activities as well as a base for Special Olympics sports training and competition as athletes grow older. This program builds on the experiences learned by providing parents/caregivers with educational information and resources that allows for participation in similar activities in the home environment.
Community, Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6:00 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. Join us for this special glow-in-the-dark storytime. Be sure to wear white or fluorescent colours to see yourself glow!
Victoria, Sunday, May 10 @ 11:30 am
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
Ages 12+ 25 essential cooking & baking skills teens should know. Learn how to prepare simple, healthy, low-cost meals and snacks.
Victoria, Sunday, March 15 @ 1:00 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
Community, Sunday, May 24 @ 1:30 pm
All ages. Squishy, gooey, yucky - make your own slime!
Victoria, Thursday, May 28 @ 4:00 pm
Ages 6+ Create your own story or build a scene from your favourite book.
Victoria, Saturday, April 11 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 6+ Move, countermove - learn the basics of chess. It's sports for your brain.
Stamford, Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 @ 4:00 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 10+ Have a look at the history of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls through basic geology and earth science. Put our 3D printing and wood milling maker technologies to work as you build a scale model using clear epoxy resin and various hobby supplies.
Victoria, Sunday, May 10 @ 11:30 am, Tuesday, April 21 @ 6:00 pm
Ages 9+ Embrace your creative side while painting with acrylics. Guidance and all supplies will be provided.
Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 1:30 pm. "Winter Birch"
Chippawa, Saturday, May 23 @ 1:30 pm "Smell the Flowers"
All ages. Join Canada's Ballet Jorgen as they introduce the audience to dance through a combination of performance and participation. The program provides opportunities to see high-quality professional dance presentations while learning about ballet as a storytelling medium.
Victoria, Saturday, April 25 @ 11:30 am
Ages 9+ Make your own tech-powered music using the GarageBand app on our iPads. Learn how to work with audio clips and MIDI virtual instruments as you record, edit and mix your own rockin' tune.
Victoria, Saturday, May 16 @ 1:00 pm
All ages. Enjoy a kid-friendly feature film at the Chippawa Library once a month on Saturdays. This spring, we're watching films adapted from books by beloved children's author Roald Dahl.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Matilda (1996, 98 minutes, Rated PG) - April 11
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, 87 minutes, Rated G) - May 9
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.
Board games, LEGO, crafts, obstacle challenges, robots ... who knows what we'll do?
Victoria Avenue, Stamford Centre, Community Centre
May 15 @ 12:30 pm
Fun Film in the Pit @ Vic
Toy Story 4 (2019, 100 minutes, Rated G) May 15 @ 10:30 am
Victoria Avenue, Fridays @ 1:00 pm
Ages 6+ Look at upcycling leftover bits and pieces and some unexpected household items that would otherwise be waste. Explore the mechanics of simple machines and various materials as you get creative building a moving robot.
Victoria, Saturday, April 25 @ 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 23 @ 1:30 pm
Ages 5+ with caregiver. Kids and parents work together to learn how computers think through a 4-part series of coding challenges and projects. No prior coding skills or knowledge is required, though basic computer knowledge for parents is strongly suggested.
Victoria, Saturdays, March 28, April 22, 25, May 23 @ 11:30 am
Victoria, Tuesdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19 @ 4:00 pm
Ages 8+ with caregiver. Kids and parents work together to learn how computers think through a 4-part series of coding challenges and projects. No prior coding skills or knowledge is required, though basic computer knowledge is strongly suggested.
Victoria, Tuesdays, March 24, 31, April 7, 14 @ 4:00 pm
Community, Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 4:00 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. 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, Saturday, March 28 @ 1:30 pm
Community, Thursdays, February 20, April 16 @ 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, Thursdays, February 6, April 9, April 30 @ 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, Thursdays, March 26, April 23 @ 4:00 pm
Victoria, Saturday, February 29 @ 1:30 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.
Victoria, Sunday, May 10 @ 1:30 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
All ages with caregiver
Bring your little ones for a fun and interactive play session. Be ready to play, explore, discover, and create together. This unstructured time is a chance to come to the library and meet other parents/caregivers. Ages infant to 5 with adult caregiver participation.
Chippawa, Mondays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 25 @ 1:30 pm