Kids & Families
February is Black
Each February, we take time
to celebrate the achievements
of black Canadians and other
black history makers around
Visit your local branch to find
books, DVDs and more for all
Kids Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Feb. 22
Join the Ajax
Reading Circle as
we read There
was a Tree,
the story of an
tree and the
animals that depend upon it,
during this Black History Month
family event. Make your own
pancake to be enjoyed with
fruit salad, then create African
This is a free drop-in family
celebration. Space is limited by
snuggle up and
Enjoy cozy reads as a family this winter
ong winter nights are the
perfect time to cozy up as
a family and share stories.
Reading with your children is
a key family activity that pays
dividends in school.
While bonding as a
family, you will help your
child expand vocabulary and language skills. Sharing stories also
stimulates imagination and helps to develop empathy.
Snuggle up and read with us!
Join in the Library’s Snuggle up and read program from Jan. 25 to
Feb. 28. Younger children can track their reading by colouring in a
square on the library quilt, and older kids are invited to share their
favourite sport on our He Shoots! He Scores! activity sheet.
See page 4 for information about the Snuggle up and read Meet
Geronimo Stilton event (part of the Ajax Reading Circle).
Snowy Literacy Day
Saturday, Feb. 8
1 – 2:30 p.m. - McLean Branch
Meet Stella Partheniou Grasso, author of
Over at the Rink, create your own winter
rhyme, enjoy crafts and literacy games.
Register online at
www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-428-8489.
For ages five and up. Presented in partnership with the Tamil Cultural and
Academic Society of Durham Region.
Jan. 4 & Feb. 1
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Calling young gamers! It’s time to get
Meet other kids your age and compete
in multiplayer tournaments of hit games
such as Skylanders Giants, Mario Kart
Wii and Mario Party 9, followed by free
play of any games the group would like.
Please note: Our movie titles may change at any time. For the
most up-to-date information, please visit www.ajaxlibrary.ca
or call any of our branches.
Register online at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events
or by phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8813.
Cloudy with a Chance of
Friday, Jan. 31 10:30 a.m.
Register online at
905-683-4000, ext. 8811.
Jan. 13 & Feb. 10
7 – 9 p.m.
Do you have a child identified with
ADHD or a learning disability?
Are you looking for support and the
ability to share and learn from other
parents and guardians who face similar
Join the Durham ADHD Parent Support
Group for an evening of sharing and
learning. Free refreshments will be
For more information and to
register, contact Sandria at
Space is limited to 100.
After the movie, enjoy a slice of pizza
courtesy of Boston Pizza.
Holiday Movie Mornings
Thursday, Jan. 2
Friday, Jan. 3
Building with Books
Thursdays from Feb. 6 to 27
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Explore strategies that promote children’s learning with blocks, buildings
and books. Letter Construction, Building Block Blueprints, Duplo Speller
Bricks and Block Graphs, to name just a few, will spark your child’s
imagination and creative problem-solving abilities.
Suitable for children ages two to six. Space is limited to 20 adults and
Register at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-428-8489.
Presented by Joan Gajadharsingh, Early Literacy Specialist,
YMCA Ontario Early Years.
HEURE DU CONTE
Early literacy begins with you. Help your child get ready
to read with simple activities every day.
Sunday, Jan. 12
Saturday, Feb. 15
Winter Storytime runs from Jan. 6 to Feb. 27.
books for babies - Birth to 2 years old
Share some family friendly stories and
songs in French. Suitable for children
ages three and up.
Songs, poems and finger plays and simple books to enjoy with your baby.
Moms and Dads are welcome to stay and chat at the end of storytime.
In person in any of our branches or
905-683-4000, ext. 8811 or
tales for twos - 2 to 3 years old
Toddlers will enjoy simple stories, felt boards and action rhymes. We can also
help you choose books to take home and share with your little one.
preschool storytime - 3 to 5 years old
This is a free program, but space is
Share a story and complete a simple craft or activity as we focus on
family storytime - all ages
Presented in partnership
with Conseil d’école:
A juried art show
Explore your creative side and enter your
artwork in Spark!
Tuesday & Thursday
Audley Rec Centre
Enjoy a fun-filled session of family friendly stories, songs and activities.
Selected works will be displayed in the
Rotary Room during the month of March.
For kids from Grades 1 to 8.
Art drop off: Saturday, Feb. 22
Winners Reception: Saturday, March 22
Visit www.ajaxlibrary.ca or visit your local branch for
complete contest rules and regulations.
Read to Succeed
Bouncing Babies - 0 to 12 months
Saturdays – Jan 11 to March 1 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Session 1 – Wednesdays - Jan. 8 - 29
Session 2 – Wednesdays - Feb. 5 - 26
2 – 3 p.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Readers from age four to 12 read with high school volunteers
on Saturday mornings. Share stories and improve your
reading skills with your big buddy. French assistance is
Learn how to incorporate music and musical instruments into
baby’s everyday play experiences.
Tech Day Jan. 11
Mother Goose - 0 to12 months
Bring your iPad, iPod, Kobo or eReader and learn how to
borrow eBooks. You can also try out the Library’s devices.
Fridays – Jan. 10 - March 21 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Make a House Mobile Jan. 18
Based on the oral tradition of storytelling, this program
focuses on learning songs, rhymes and stories.
Meet Geronimo Stilton Jan. 25
Celebrate Family Literacy Day and the beginning of our
Snuggle up and read program. Meet everyone’s favourite
journalist mouse, coming all the way from New Mouse City!
Get his autograph, pose for a picture and enjoy a reading
from the first chapter of the newest book, Flight of the Red
Bandit. Play games and do crafts too!
Infant Massage - 0 to12 months
Groundhog Day Feb. 1
Priority Registration: In person at Ajax Ontario Early
Years Centre, 75 Centennial Rd. South (ACC)
Regular Registration: Call 905-619-4565, ext. 310
Session 1 – Thursdays – Jan. 9 - 30
Session 2 – Thursdays – Feb. 6 - 27
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Experience the benefits of infant massage and relaxation
techniques while spending quality time with your baby.
Valentine’s Day Party Feb. 8
Cancelled for Family Day Weekend Feb. 15
Register now for January programs.
Registration begins Jan. 27 for February programs.
Pancake Breakfast Feb. 22
See page 1 for info. Registration not required.
Sunday, Feb. 2
1 - 4 p.m.
Last day of the Winter Session! March 1
Register online at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or by
phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8811.
Warm-up in the Library, read a story in our igloo tent and
complete an Olympic craft in celebration of Sochi 2014.
The Ajax Reading Circle is supported by the Ajax Public
Library and Frontier College.
Bring the whole family for this free drop-in program.
Hours & Locations
All branches are closed Feb. 16 & 17
Main Branch (905) 683-4000
Village Branch (905) 683-1140
McLean Branch (905) 428-8489
55 Harwood Ave. South
58 Church St. North
95 Magill Drive
Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1 – 5 p.m.
Mon –Thu 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mon & Fri
Textnet (800) 460-4489
Ajax Public Library
1 – 9 p.m.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1 – 5 p.m.