Picture of children's books in the library


Tot TimeTot Time – Circle time, play-based learning centres, stories and finger plays.  Thursdays, December 7 & 21. 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. For ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver. Cost is $1.00/session. Pre-register.




Santa's Workshop Escape Room

Escape from Santa’s Workshop!

Can you escape from Santa’s Workshop in 30 minutes or less? With your family, or a small group of friends, you will need to find hidden clues and solve puzzles to gain your freedom.

January 2, 2018 at the Library.

January 3, 2018 at the Archives.

10:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. For ages 10 and older. Cost is $5.00 per group. Maximum 5 people per group. Pre-register early to reserve your time slot!

Calling all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to get reading! The Forest of Reading staff are challenging young readers across Canada to read 150 Forest of Reading books from now until the end of the year.

The Forest books are the I Read Canadian Challengebest of Canadian children and young adult books. Since 1994, there have been 1,270 titles nominated!

This challenge runs from March 1, 2017 until December 31, 2017.

Participants must read, or have read to them, any of the nominated titles in any of the programs from any program year. They must record the title of the book on the supplied reading log.

For more information visit Forest of Reading’s I READ CANADIAN BOOK CHALLENGE.

View Archived Nominated Lists by Program:
Blue Spruce Book List
Silver Birch Book List
Red Maple Book List
Stop by the Library to pick up your official reading logs, and when you are finished, submit them to;

ATTN: Forest of Reading Book Challenge
By mail: Ontario Library Association, 2 Toronto Street – 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 2B6
Fax: 416-941-9581

Therapy Tails

Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room.

Drop in and tell tales to a therapy dog.

For other Children’s programming available in Port Colborne, please visit the Port Colborne Ontario Early Years Child & Family Centre website, via Port Cares.

They have a Ontario Early Years Port Colborne Newsletter and the Ontario Early Years Port Colborne Calendar with information about upcoming programs.

Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleet also offer programs for children.

Among their programs are Children’s Summer Day Camp, Teen Summer Day Camp, Teen & Tween Programs, Saturday Respite Program for Children, and Boys & Girls Club of Niagara – After School Activity Programs.


Parent and caregiver resource

Early Childhood Community Development Centre

forestofreadingbanner2018  Forest of Reading Award Nominees

This program celebrates Canadian authors and illustrators by nominating outstanding titles in a number of categories for different age groups. Canadians are encouraged to read and then vote for their favourite titles.  Want to stay up-to-date on the voting and announcements of the winners, go to Twitter and follow ForestofReading


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 2018 Blue Spruce Nominees

2017 Blue Spruce Winner – NIGHT GARDENER ~ by ERIC FAN & TERRY FAN




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The 2018 Silver Birch Express Award® Nominees

2017 Silver Birch Express Award Winner – THE BIGGEST POUTINE IN THE WORLD ~ by ANDREE POULIN (translated by Brigitte Waisberg)

The 2018 Silver Birch Fiction Award® Nominees

2017 Silver Birch Fiction Award Winner – OCDANIEL ~ by WESLEY KING

The 2018 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award® Nominees


Storynory: Free Audio Stories for Kids!

Storynory has published a new audio story every week since November 2005.  Listen online or download a free audio story to your iPod or MP3 player.  You can also have stories emailed to you for free!  Follow Storynory on Facebook, Twitter, or by RSS.

TumbleBooks: Free eBooks and Audiobooks

TumbleBooks offer fun ways to encourage young readers to enjoy and engage in reading with its online collection of e-books and audio books!

Tumebloe Book Library logo and clickable link

An online collection of animated, talking, picture books for children.

Tumble Book Cloud Junior logo and clickable link

Listen to or download children’s audio books with just the click of a button!

TumbleBookCloud for Teens logo and clickable link

For teens and young adults. Contains novels, classics, poetry, short stories, audio books, graphic novels, and National Geographic videos


More awesome e-Resources…

kids_infobits_lg From Gale Cengage

NoveList K-8 logo with link

PrimarySearch logo with link From EBSCO
Activity Corner logo with clickable link From World Book



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The support of the Southern Ontario Library Service is gratefully acknowledged.