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Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

Kids Programming

We offer a variety of literacy based programming for children of all ages throughout the year. Our goal is to inspire a love of reading in young children while having fun!

Baby Time Spring 2023

Designed for the youngest library users and their caregivers, Baby Time is a great way to introduce young children to the library, to begin a love of books and to help children develop into life long learners.

Baby Time will run for 6 weeks, from Monday, April 17th to May 29th, from 10:00 am to 10:30 am at the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library (50 East Street). This program is open to babies from newborn to 12 months of age.

Registration begins Monday, March 27th at 9:00 am. Please call 705-759-5241 for more information. Visit to register. 

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Preschool Storytime

Children will explore stories and learning activities that encourages a life-long path of reading and learning. All children will have opportunities to engage in activities that focus on pre-reading, numeracy, and socialization. Come join us and get ready to read!

Preschool Storytime at the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library - Thursday mornings - April 6th to May 25th 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Program Room for children ages 2.5 to 4 years (30 months - 48 months).

Online registration opens on Thursday, March 16th at 9:00 a.m. 

Note: Parents and caregivers must remain in the library building throughout the duration of the program.

Please call the Children's Desk at 705-759-5241 for assistance and information.

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Dove Real Beauty

The Dove Real Beauty Workshop for Girls is a fun, educational, and interactive program for young girls ages 6-12 and their adult female mentors that encourages girls and women everywhere to embrace a more positive image of themselves, both inside and out. Get involved to make a change!

Online registration begins Tuesday, February 28th at 9:00 a.m.:

The program will be held on Tuesday, March 21st from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the James L McIntyre Centennial Library, 50 East Street in the Program Room.

Space is limited – call 705-759-5241 for more information.

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Baby Picasso -North Branch

Baby Picasso runs from Thursday, March 2, 2023 – March 23, 2023 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Branch Library, 232-C Northern Avenue East. 

This program introduces babies 6-12 months to experiences that integrate music, art, literacy, and sensory stimulation.

Online registration is closed.

Registration is limited to 12 babies. Please note: one caregiver must attend with each child registered.

For more information call (705) 759-5248. 



Surprise Reads for Kids

Surprise Reads for Kids is a monthly subscription with books picked just for kids, based on what they like to read! Each month, we’ll select 3 books for your child, check them out to you, package them for pick-up, and contact you to let you know your Surprise Reads are ready!

Fill out our online survey (1 survey per child – choose from Picture Book, EZ Reader, or Middle Grade) by following the links below:

Kids ReadingSurprise Reads Picture Book Subscription

Surprise Reads Learning-to-Read Subscription

Surprise Reads EZ Reader Subscription (Approx. Gr. 2-4)

Surprise Reads Middle Grade Subscription

The best part, it’s free and we do the work!


Forest of Reading Award Program

The Forest of Reading Award Programs are where children and young adults pick the winner! Readers choose a program that they would like to be a part of, usually based on their age or grade, and simply begin reading! They can read all ten of the titles, or pick and choose to read only the ones they are interested in. Participants are encouraged to read at least five of the ten titles to be eligible to vote in April. This program aims to encourage a genuine and life-long love of reading among readers of all ages.

Blue Spruce (Grades K to 2) Yellow Cedar (Non-Fiction, Grades 5-8)
Silver Birch Express (Grades 3-4) Red Maple (Grades 7-8)
Silver Birch (Grades 5-6) Le Prix Meleze (8 à 12 ans)
White Pine (High School) Le Prix Tamarac (8 à 12 ans)
Le Prix Peuplier (4 à 8 ans)