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In-Person Programs and COVID-19
In-person children’s programs will be back at the Main Branch after Spring Break!
Thinking of attending an in-person Children’s program at the Main Branch? Here is what you need to know:
- These programs will take place in our Auditorium, in the basement of the Main Branch. Stairs and elevator access is available.
- We encourage adult participants to wear a mask, and we will have disposable masks available for those who wish to wear one.
- Hand sanitizer and a sink with soap and water will be available for hand-washing.
- If you or your child are feeling sick or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home.
- Please consider leaving strollers at home if possible, as this will help us save on floor space.
Check our Events Calendar for the latest updates on our programs. These details may change as COVID-19 guidelines evolve.
A great kids’ almanac with easy-to-use searchable index plus an online dictionary and encyclopedia.
Learn about all things Canadian, including animals, history, geography, and more.
Love My Science
Love My Science is full of fun, easy, safe and exciting hands-on science experiments!
CIA World Factbook
Information and maps on countries from around the world. Includes chiefs of state.
Free online mathematics resources, drill, and puzzles for a range of elementary grade levels.
A website where you can read along with stories and listen to audiobooks on your computer!
Activities in New West
- The Library has online content for all ages. From Babytime on Zoom to pre-recorded programs on YouTube, check our Events Calendar for more information!
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube, where we will be posting book recommendations, activities, and more!
- Visit the Kids New West website to see a calendar of outdoor and online programs, groups, and storytimes offered by other organizations in New Westminster.
Storytimes & Author Readings
- Visit NWPL’s Youtube channel for pre-recorded stories and more!
- Hear some of your favourite stories read to you by celebrities at Storyline Online
- Find Canadian children’s authors who are sharing readings of their books online, then check out #operationstorytime for even more authors who are livestreaming and recording readings!
- Author Kate Messner is keeping a great list of authors and illustrators who are sharing resources for reading and learning at home.
- Get musical with Symphony Storytime, presented by the Oregon Symphony.
More Fun & Educational Activities Online
- UBC’s Play and Learn at Home page has a huge variety of live streamed and recorded activity sessions for kids.
- Harper Collins Publishers have put together a massive list of at-home reading and arts/culture resources for kids and families.
- Get downloadable science activities and experiments at the California Science Center’s “Stuck At Home Science”
- Learn about art by taking virtual tours of these 12 Museums that you can visit online for free
- Explore the surface of Mars from your own computer, then check out NASA’s Kids Club for more outer space fun.
- Watch and learn about the animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or San Diego Zoo through live webcams at their facilities.
- View videos on a huge variety of topics, from socials to science, on Khan Academy, TED Lessons, and the Crash Course Kids YouTube channel.
- Pay a virtual visit the Smithsonian and explore some of their collections, play science games, and learn about zoo animals.
- Learn all about geography and fascinating animals on the National Geographic Kids website
- Explore BC’s natural and human history on the Royal BC Museum’s Learning at Home site.
- Stream kids movies from the National Film Board of Canada
- Find free printable activities and colouring sheets from Printables, Free Kids Crafts, and Activity Village
- Explore the world of food and cooking with recipes and activities from America’s Test Kitchen’s Young Chef’s Club
- Get ideas for new art projects from the Tate art galleries’ Kids page