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.

Contact the Library for program updates or follow us on Facebook.


Regular Programs

Lego Lounge

Tuesday 3:45pm - 4:45pm (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. 


Early ON Indigenous Storytime

In January 2020, the Library started a partnership with BIAK – Bonnechere Inòdewiziwin Abinòdjìnjish Kikinàmàgan through their EarlyOn Mobile Unit. EarlyON brings indigenous programming by indigenous teachings, Algonquin language, and themed activities and services.

The BIAK calendar is developed on a monthly basis.

Please contact the library for the next upcoming program date.


Seasonal programs

TD Summer Reading Club (June-August)

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.


Baby Book Bags (November)

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. To register for this program, contact the library or register online.


Advent Book Bundles (November/December)

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.

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