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Early Childhood Literacy

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



Children in Grades 1-3 can improve their French reading skills by practising with bilingual reading buddy, Madame Mioc. 

Caledonia Branch: Every Tuesday from 6p.m. to 7p.m. starting October 16 and ending November 27 


Please note: This program is offered on a drop in basis in maximum 15 minute sessions. Children are encouraged to bring a French language book, or books to read. 

Contact the Caledonia Branch at 289-674-0400 for more information. 



NEW! The Kids’ Book Club 


Dunnville Branch: Selected Saturdays from 11a.m. to 12p.m.  

Ages: 7 & up 

Join fellow young readers for exciting talk and activities about your favourite books. Grab a copy of the upcoming book to read before the meeting – ask at the circulation desk – and come ready to chat!  

Upcoming Kids’ Book Club titles/themes:  

Sat, Oct 27 –  Ghost Stories : Your choice of any ghost story. 

Sat, Nov. 24 – Magic Tree House Series : Pick your favourite adventure. 

Sat, Dec. 22 – The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (At 351 pages make sure you order this book in advance. We have 7 copies but we can order more. 

Sat, Jan 26 – Pippi Longstocking or any Pippi Longstocking book. 

Sat, Feb. 16 – Any Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys Book. 

Sat, Mar. 16 – James and the Giant Peach. 

Register for all meetings or just the ones about books you would like to read. For more information, contact Miss Donna at the Dunnville Library at 289-674-0400.  


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, participate and demonstrate skills while displaying a responsible and mature attitude to receive their certificate of completion.

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: 

HCPL – Selkirk Branch 

34 Main St. W., Selkirk

Part 1: Saturday, October 20, 2018. 9:30a.m. to 2p.m.

Part 2: Sunday, October 21, 2018. 1p.m. to 4p.m

HCPL – Hagersville Branch 

13 Alma St. N., Hagersville

Part 1: Friday, November 16, 2018. 4p.m. to 7p.m.

Part 2: Saturday, November 17, 2018. 9:30a.m. to 2p.m.




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. $6 per six-class session or $1 per class. Register now!

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

Caledonia Branch: Fridays, 11:00a.m. to 11:45p.m.

New sessions begin Fall 2018.

Babysitting Course Red Cross  

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. Ages 3 and up. Upcoming sessions: February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, & May 30. 

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.



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.

Summer session at the Selkirk Branch starting July 10th! Tuesdays from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. for 6 weeks. Ages 7-99. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of ours. Registration required. Call 289-674-0400 ext. 6 to register. 


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.


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