When you’re looking for a place to take the kids during summer vacation, look no further than the New Westminster Public Library.
Both the library branches – the main branch at 716 Sixth Ave., and the Queensborough branch at the Queensborough Community Centre – have a number of summer programs for the small folks in your house.
Babytime sessions are scheduled to run regularly on Fridays from July 5 to Aug. 30, offering songs, rhymes and stories for the little ones up to 23 months old. At the main branch, they run from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and at the Queensborough branch they run from noon to 12:30 p.m. You don’t need to register; you can just drop in.
For the preschool crowd, there are Summer Fun Storytime and Craft sessions offering songs, stories and crafts for ages two to five. At the main branch, they’re on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., running from July 2 to Aug. 13. At the Queensborough branch, they’re on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., running from July 3 to Aug. 14. Registration is not required; just drop in.
The six- to eight-year-old set can sign up for Imagination Creations, featuring a different creative program each week – both low-tech and high-tech. They’re on Wednesdays – from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the main branch, and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Queensborough branch – from July 3 to Aug. 14. Registration for each session begins two weeks in advance.
For the nine- to 12-year-olds, the main branch offers Tween Innovations, with a different creative program each week – again combining high- tech and low-tech activities. It’s on Thursdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., from July 4 to Aug. 15. Registration begins two weeks before each session.
There’s also a Young Readers’ Book Club for ages nine to 12, featuring a different book each month. Registration opens June 15, and the book club meetings are set for two Wednesdays, July 17 and Aug. 15, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Check out www.nwpl.ca for details, call 604-527-4677 or sign up at the children’s department desk in your library branch.