Children's programs are available on a drop-in basis with a valid library card except for stand-alone programs where pre-registration is required. A library card is free to all Greater Madawaska ratepayers. There is a $20 annual fee per household for visitors.

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TD Summer Reading Club 

The TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities.

Co-created and delivered by over 2,200 public libraries across Canada, this national bilingual program is developed by Toronto Public Library in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. Sponsorship is generously provided by TD Bank Group.

Kids can participate anytime, anywhere. Participants explore recommended reads; track their own reading; connect and share with others across the country.

In Greater Madawaska, register for the 2023 TDSRC through your local library (located in Calabogie). Each participant must hold a valid library card. Check with the library if unsure of your child’s card status  (annual renewal is required). Registration is ongoing throughout the summer.

TDSRC participants will receive a welcome package and a TDSRC passport and can then collect a passport stamp in July and August each time they borrow 5 books from our children's collection. In addition to the stamp, each participant can collect a Banana Buck to spend at our summer store (max. one per visit each day). A Banana Buck will also be issued for program participation. The store opens in 

Programs will run Thursday mornings beginning on July 6 from 11am - 12pm for registered participants.

Please call or email the week ahead of each session to let us know that you intend to come.

TD Summer Reading Club Activities

JULY 6 BRAIDS, BEADS, & BLING - Accessorize your summer with a bracelet or a keychain. Share it, wear it, or add it to your backpack!
JULY 13 I’VE BEEN FRAMED! - Explore various painting methods to create a colourful work of art that you can take home in a frame!
JULY 20 SHINE YOUR LIGHT - Make a beautiful rainbow paper lantern for your room or other indoor space.
July 27 ALL HANDS ON DECK! - Create an optical illusion artwork using your hand, some marker, and a little bit of sparkle.
AUGUST 3 LET'S TALK SCIENCE – Participate in a science activity with this fabulous group of students from the Ottawa University and Carleton University science departments. Have some fun and learn some cool facts!
AUGUST 10 NATURE MOBILE - Bring a collection of 10 objects found in nature (leaves, pressed flowers, seeds, petals, e.g.) to use in making a nature mobile.
AUGUST 17 MYSTERY BAGS & MAD LIBS - What’s in the bag? Find out! Participants will learn about nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and have some fun, too. Oh, my!
AUGUST 24 BUG BINGO! - Join us for some buggy BINGO and learn about some wild and weird little creatures!

Regular Programs

Lego Lounge

Friday 10:00am - 12:00am (drop-in, self-directed)

Come build with us! This is a self-directed drop-in for families with young builders 5+. We provide the Lego. Bring your imagination and make your own fun. Name your creation and we will display it in the library!

Preschool Storytime

Thursday 9:30am - 10:15am (drop-in)

Preschool Storytime on Thursday morning is a drop-in program for parents/guardians to attend with pre-school children (0-4 years). Meet some parents and caregivers in our community, have a chat, read a book, and make a craft. 

Weekend Reader Book Bundles

Initially for the benefit of St Joseph's students, this is program through which a variety of pre-selected books are sent home to enjoy over the weekend. We would like all families to be able to access resources similarly. Use the online catalogue to pre-order book items for pickup during opening hours. Return items to the book drop when they are due. Ask staff about flexible loan periods, if required. 


Seasonal programs

Baby Book Bags 

Contact the library to pre-register for this program.

The library's Baby Book Bag program is a way to welcome new families and their youngest family members into the community. Bags are distributed in November and include a baby's first library card, a book, and some baby necessities. Any parent/guardian of a child younger than 18 months can register their little one for a bag. This program is in memory of the late Nancy Gorra who dedicated herself to supporting area families. It is funded by the former Calabogie Women's Institute. We thank these women for their kind donation. To register for this program, contact the library or register online.

Advent Book Bundles

Count-down (or up!) to Christmas! This is a literacy program for young families to enjoy over the winter break. You will receive a bundle of books from the children's collection, wrapped, and numbered 1-24. Unwrap one book each night of December until Christmas day. Book #24 is a selection that families can keep at home to enjoy in future years. We will issue one bundle per family. Pickup is in the last week of November during operating hours. Registration opens at the beginning of the month.

Child building lego
Lego Lounge
Children listening to a story
Preschool Storytime
Baby holding hand
Well Baby Drop-In Program

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