Kindergarten readiness program runs in late August

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

Kindergarten is always an exciting time!

As we send our 3 and 4 year olds off to a whole new world of classmates, bus rides, and lunchboxes, it’s nice to know that they have the skills they need to tackle the routines of each day. That’s where the County of Prince Edward Public Library’s new Kindergarten Readiness program comes in! Children who are heading off to junior or senior kindergarten in September 2021 are invited to join us to practice some of the important skills they will need – from standing in a line, to putting on their shoes to opening their lunch containers.

The program will take place on August 24, 26 and 27 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. The program will take place in a hybrid format – in-person at the Picton Branch Library and online, and will have limited capacity to ensure COVID protocols are maintained. Whitney will lead children through a morning routine including a welcome message, a literacy activity, storytime and snack, which will be provided. Children are encouraged to bring their school supplies with them (indoor shoes, lunch pail, water bottle and backpack) as we will practice working with each of those items. As a “graduation present”, we will cut each child’s name out of permanent vinyl in the library’s community makerspace to label lunchboxes to help make sure they always come home from school with your child! During the program, parents and caregivers are welcome to browse the library’s stacks, grab a coffee or do some shopping in downtown Picton.

Space will be limited for this program, so register online at peclibrary.org/kids before August 20. If you have any questions, call Whitney at (613) 476-5962. Although we are planning for back-to-school, there are still lots of fun summer programs happening.

If you haven’t explored the library’s geocache mystery or borrowed an adventure kit to explore Quinte Conservation areas or Provincial Park yet, there is still time! You can also drop by the Picton Branch Library’s children’s play area and try the chalkboards and sensory table. Children are invited to join Joanna every Saturday at Benson park in Picton at 10:30 a.m. for outdoor storytime through the summer, and the TD Summer Reading program is in full swing. If you signed up for the TD Summer Reading Club, you’ve signed up for a chance to win great prizes! Every book your child reads during the summer is the chance to win one of the weekly prize packs, and is an entry in the draw for the grand prize – an exclusive outdoor concert for the winner and their family at the Ameliasburgh Branch Library with Cue The Funk! Those who enter but do not win will still be able to stream the concert live into your living room/bedroom/backyard – wherever you have internet access!

If you haven’t yet joined, it’s not too late – visit peclibrary.org/kids .

-Liz Zylstra