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Children develop the skills they need to read years before they start school. As a parent or caregiver, you are your child's first and best teacher. At Oakville Public Library, parents and caregivers can find materials, programs and events for children of all ages.

Every Child Ready to Read

OPL is dedicated to the principles of Every Child Ready to Read, an initiative to help parents and caregivers develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five, with collections, programs, and resources.

Programs for Babies, Preschoolers and New Parents

Browse upcoming programs and events happening at the library that are perfect for babies and preschoolers. Many of these programs are designed to develop skills in reading, numeracy and physical literacy through stories and play.

Register online and participate virtually through Zoom as we continue to offer safe services from a distance. Explore our Programs FAQ page for more information.

Virtual Programming - YouTube

Join us on YouTube for virtual programming anytime! We have new videos designed for various ages posted weekly. 

Reading Challenges

Discover new stories and authors while introducing early literacy to your little one with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KBBK). Join online through Beanstack to log reading and earn badges all along the way. 

1KBBK is an literacy program for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers designed to make learning easier when they start Kindergarten.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Prepare your child for a lifetime of reading.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale November 2023

Save the dates! The sale will be held at OPL’s Central Branch, with thousands of fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs and CDs available.

Explore early literacy programs at OPL

It’s never too early to introduce a child to reading. Babytime is a free program perfect for infants aged 0-11 months and their caregivers. Sing, clap, bounce and learn rhymes together!