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ePrograms: Books & Reading

Storytimes, Book Clubs, Reading Lists

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Book Clubs

Virtual and DIY book clubs
with simultaneous-use titles

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Storytimes

Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts,
and chapter book readings

Virtual Storytime Kits
Storytime Shorts
PJ Stories
Storytimes for Babies, Toddlers & Families
Chapter Book Readings

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Reading Lists

Discover reading suggestions
and staff picks

Curated Reads
Reading Challenges

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Book Clubs

Virtual and DIY book clubs with simultaneous-use titles
 

book club in a bag.

DIY Book Club

You and your book club, family, or friends can pick from a range of titles, including literary classics and some of our very own Book Club in a Bag titles!

All titles are available through hoopla or OverDrive for simultaneous use, so everyone can read at the same time. Get together through a phone or video call and discuss your read with book club questions!

Visit our eBook Club page for more information, including and a list of available titles and discussion guides!

 


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Storytimes

Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts, and chapter book readings
 

Music and Sounds Virtual Storytime Kit.

Virtual Storytime Kits

Host your own special DIY storytime at home! Each virtual kit contains all of the songs, activities, and links to downloadable eBooks (via Overdrive/Libby or hoopla) that you'll need to get your little ones engaged and learning early literacy skills!

 

123 Peas storytime short.

Storytime Shorts

Take five minutes with your little ones and Storytime Shorts created by Library staff!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

 

PJ Storytime.

PJ Stories

Sing along with soothing songs and listen to bedtime stories. Perfect for watching in your pajamas!

  • Quiet: Follow along as Grandfather, the girl, and the boy watch the creatures around them settle down and be quiet.
  • Quiet Time Sing Along: Let’s get (virtually) together with Uncle Ernest, and enjoy a quiet song and story before a nap! Join us as we envision the beautiful beaches of St. Kitt’s and enjoy Ernest’s soothing song.

 

Baby Bookworms.

Storytimes: Baby Bookworms

Welcome to Baby Bookworms! Children love to be bounced, tickled, and read to. Learn how the sound of your voice, the rhythm of a song, holding a book and reading get your child ready to read.

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are key skills and fun ways to help your child get ready to read! Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school, and helps foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

  • View the Baby Bookworms playlist in YouTube!
  • Baby Bookworms, May 4 (new!): Get ready for baby's first Mother's Day with special songs and stories. Maybe it's your first Mother's Day, too!
  • Baby Bookworms, April 27 (new!): This week, we focus baby's attention on breathing by reading about baby whales and their families.
  • Baby Bookworms, April 20 (new!): This week to celebrate Earth Day, explore Mama Earth's amazing activities!
  • Baby Bookworms, March 23: You and your baby can learn sign language together so that baby can benefit from learning a second language from infancy.
  • Baby Bookworms, March 16: This week, we're looking at baby's 17th and 18th months. Your little monkey is going to start climbing and jumping!
  • Baby Bookworms, March 9: This week, we're looking at baby's 15th and 16th months. Baby's sense of humour is emerging while naps start to fall by the wayside.
  • Baby Bookworms, March 1: This week, we're looking at baby's 13th and 14th months. Help baby develop physical strength and some stability on their own two feet!
  • Baby Bookworms, February 23: This week, we're looking at baby's 11th and 12th months. Babies this age are sometimes ready to start walking!
  • Baby Bookworms, February 9: This week, we discuss baby's 7th and 8th month. Prompt babies to explore their hands! Learn why playing peek-a-boo is fun and healthy!
  • Baby Bookworms, February 2: In today's Baby Bookworms, learn about milestones for baby's 5th and 6th months when many babies learn to sit!
  • Baby Bookworms, January 26: In today's Baby Bookworms, learn about milestones for baby's 3rd and 4th months, the importance of tummy time, and tips for choosing books to read to baby!
  • Baby Bookworms, January 19: Learn about milestones for baby's first few months and the importance of speaking with your baby, along with morning and bathtime routines and helpful eResources!

 

Tales for Toddlers.

Storytimes: Tales for Toddlers

Welcome to Tales for Toddlers! Share the love of reading, and build vocabulary with songs, rhymes, finger plays, and simple stories rhymes at this interactive program for busy toddlers and their caregivers!

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are key skills and fun ways to help your child get ready to read! Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school, and helps foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

 

Family Storytime.

Storytimes: Family Storytime

Welcome to Family Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and games that are fun for all ages! Grab the family and discover literary adventure together!

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are key skills and fun ways to help your child get ready to read! Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school, and helps foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

 

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Chapter Book Readings

Storytime: Trouble in the Trees

Join Miss Carol from the Clarington Public Library as she reads from Trouble in the Trees by Yolanda Ridge, published by Orca Book Publishers, for the TD Summer Reading Club!

When tree climbing is banned at her townhouse complex, Bree assumes a new role in her community: activist and advocate.

Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.

 

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Storytimes

Sing and craft along with Library staff with songs, activities, and stories!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube)

  • Action Songs! Sing along with Clarington Public Library staff as they lead you in these popular action songs!
  • Butterflies! Sing and craft along with Library staff with these butterfly themed interactive activities!
  • EarlyON Storytimes:
    • Musical Babies with EarlyON (1): Enjoy a special Musical Babies Storytime with our friends at EarlyON! Sing Baby Shark, Old MacDonald, and Tick Tock with your little one!
    • Musical Babies with EarlyON (2): Enjoy another special Musical Babies Storytime with our friends at EarlyON! Sing Mr. Sun, Skinamarink, Row Row Row Your Boat, I Love You a Bushel and a Peck with your little one!
    • Musical Babies with EarlyON (3): Enjoy another special Musical Babies Storytime with our friends at EarlyON! Sing action song favourites Rolly Polly, Sticky Bubble Gum,  and Zoom Zoom Zoom with your little one!
    • French Musical Families: Boost your little one’s French language skills with this special French edition of Musical Families from our friends at EarlyON!
    • Follow EarlyON on Facebook for more content, including livestream storytimes and crafts!
  • French Storytimes:

TD Summer Reading Club: Storytimes

(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube)

Please note: storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.

 


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Reading Lists

Discover reading suggestions and staff picks
 

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Curated Reads

Find a list of curated reads from our eCollection based on interesting topics and themes.

  • Earth Day (new!): Celebrate everything green for Earth Day this April 22nd!
  • Unicorn Day (new!): April 9th is Unicorn Day! Celebrate everything sparkly and magical!
  • Black History: Adult fiction and non-fiction titles by Black Canadian authors and books that detail Black Canadian experiences.
  • Canadian Lives: Biographies and memoirs, detailing the vast life experiences of Canadians, available through OverDrive/Libby with your Clarington Public Library card.
  • Comic Books: Did you know you can borrow your favourite eComics from the Clarington Public Library? Check out Hoopla, OverDrive, and TumbleBooks for more titles!
  • Cooking and Baking with Kids: Get creative in the kitchen with these great titles!
  • Cozy Reads: Cuddle up with one of these great titles you may have missed!
  • Fall in Love With Reading: Discover great romantic reads and the thrill of falling in love!
  • Family Day: Celebrate Family: Titles just for kids that celebrate everything wonderful about family!
  • Family Day: Family Experiences: Biographies and memoirs on the triumphs and struggles of family life.
  • Father's Day: Celebrating those that father us and love us!
  • Indigenous Books for Kids: Children's books that honour and reflect on the history, heritage, strength, and diversity of Indigenous communities in Canada.
  • Indigenous Literature: Literature that honours and reflects on the history, heritage, strength, and diversity of Indigenous communities in Canada.
  • Literarian: Check out these literary fiction titles and more on OverDrive/Libby, available with your Clarington Public Library card! (Literarian: Someone who loves literature so much that they want to share it with as many people as possible, one who is engaged in literary pursuits)
  • Mother's Day: Celebrate those that mother us and love us!
  • Personal Development: Explore titles related to mental health, self-care & self-improvement, wellness & mindfulness, and more.
  • Pet CareGive your pet the best care with these reads on hoopla!
  • Pride Month: Celebrate Pride Month and discover LGBTQ+ books for adults, YA, and junior!
  • Spring Cleaning: Get tips and tricks to get started on your spring cleaning with materials from our eCollection!
  • Stargazing: Calling all stargazers! We've got some great books in our eCollection to help you get started seeing the wonders of the universe from your backyard!
  • Professional Development: Find resources on businesses small to large, marketing, leadership, finance, and more!
  • World Turtle Day: Learn more about turtles with our picks to celebrate World Turtle Day on May 23!
  • YA Fantasy & Sci-Fi: From dystopian to fantasy to space operas, go beyond the known realm with great YA reads!

 

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Reading Challenges

Jumpstart your reading with these exciting Reading Challenges! Finds these titles through Cricut Media on our eResources page or on our eCollections page.

 

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Virtual Browsing

Missing being able to browse the Library's shelves? Go on a virtual tour! Request these and many more titles via our online catalogue, phone 905-623-7322 x2712, email info@clarington-library.on.ca, or send us a message on social media, and we can place them on hold for you for Library Take-Out!