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Early Childhood Literacy

For information on our early chilhood programs please see this link. 


Red Cross Babysitting Course

Youth aged 11 to 15 years are invited to take the Library's Red Cross Babysitting Course! Gain the confidence to make smart decisions in any babysitting situation. Learn how to supervise babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children and handle common injuries and emergencies. Impress your parents, build your resume and earn extra money by being a responsible, reliable babysitter!

Our two-day courses are taught by a Red Cross certified Babysitting Course facilitator who is Ontario College of Teachers certified.

Participants must attend both days of the course, pass the examination and display a responsible and mature attitude to receive their certificate of completion. Friday sessions are held on Professional Development (PD) Days as scheduled by the Grand Erie District School Board.

Course Fee: $40

Participants must register in person at the Library branch hosting the course. For more information please contact Lindsay Stephens, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 905-318-5932 ext. 6118

Red Cross Babysitting Course Dates and Locations: 

Caledonia Branch 

Part 1: Friday, December 1 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

Part 2: Saturday, December 2 from 9:30a.m. to 2:30p.m.

LEGO Clubs

Bring your imagination and create something special! LEGO pieces are provided by the Library thanks to sponsorship by Friends of the Dunnville Library and Friends of the Jarvis Library. Free to participate, just drop by! 

Caledonia Branch: Wednesdays as scheduled from 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m. 2017 dates: October 18, November 15 and December 13. Ages 3 and up.

Cayuga Branch: Saturdays, 10:30a.m. to 12:00p.m. Ages 3 and up.

Dunnville Branch: Fridays after 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m. (September through June). LEGO Club is held every Friday except snow days and PD Days (no school - no LEGO Club!) Ages 6 and up. 

Jarvis Branch: Watch for new Lego Club information coming in 2018! 

Selkirk Branch: Thursdays 6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. Ages 3 and up.



StoryTime at the Haldimand County Public Library is a fun mix of reading, crafts, songs and meeting new friends, and early literacy is one of the best ways to prepare your child for school. We offer Fall, Winter and Spring StoryTime sessions at all six library branches. Each session costs only $10 and includes 10 weekly StoryTimes. You can also register for individual StoryTimes at a cost of only $1.

Caledonia Branch: Wednesdays, 10:30a.m. to 11:15a.m. & Thursdays 1:30p.m. to 2:15p.m.

Cayuga Branch: Fridays, 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m.

Dunnville Branch: Fridays, 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m.

Hagersville Branch: Wednesdays, 10:30a.m. to 11:15a.m.

Jarvis Branch: Fridays, 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m.

Selkirk Branch: Tuesdays, 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m.

Call your local branch for more information at 289-674-0400. 

Tales for Twos

Tales for Twos is a six-week program designed exclusively for two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Sessions consist of short stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and a whole lot of fun! Programs are available at our Caledonia, Dunnville, Hagersville, Jarvis and Selkirk branches. Contact your local branch for registration and schedule information. Registration Fee: $6 per six week session.

Caledonia Branch: Fridays, 11:00a.m. to 11:30p.m.

Dunnville Branch: Tuesdays, 11:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.

Hagersville Branch: Fridays, 10:30a.m. to 11:00a.m.

Jarvis Branch: Tuesdays, 10:30a.m. to 11:00a.m.

Selkirk Branch: Tuesdays, 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m. 

Call your local branch for more information at 289-674-0400.

Baby StoryTime

Join our new program featuring stories, songs and a whole lot of fun! Newborns to 24-months. Register now!

Dunnville Branch: Wednesdays, 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. $6 per six-class session or $1 per class.

Session 1: October 04, 11, 18, 25 and November 01, 08.

Session 2: November 15, 22, 29 and December 06, 13, and 20.

Session 3: January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 07, 14.

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Paws to Read

The Haldimand County Public Library - Caledonia and Jarvis Branches, in partnership with Therapeutic Paws of Canada, is offering an exciting literacy program designed to help children who would benefit from extra practice with their reading. This free session will be offered weekly for a total of six weeks and one of three certified teams will be at the Library to read with children on each date. Children read to the dog and are encouraged to pick books they think the dog would like to hear! Paws to Read dogs provide undivided attention to the children as the children read aloud. Studies have shown that reading to dogs encourages confidence and boosts self-esteem in children who struggle to read aloud in class, thereby boosting literacy skills.

Registration space is limited, so register early! Caledonia and Jarvis Branches: 289-674-0400 or visit in person to register. The program runs for six weeks.

Ukulele Club

Learn to play the ukulele! Join our program now running Wednesdays at the Dunnville Branch from 2:00p.m. to 2:45p.m. or catch up class from 3:00p.m. to 3:45p.m. or afternoon class from 4:00p.m. to 4:45p.m.

FREE! Children and adults of all ages! Bring your own ukulele or practice on one of ours. Please let us know in advance if you need to borrow an instrument.

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