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Children's Programs

July - Special Events for all ages

Celebrate the magic of being yourself at GPL’s Rainbow Magic Story Time presented in partnership with Muskoka Pride! Make your very own fairy wings and matching accessories, read fantastical fairy stories, adopt a balloon animal, and enjoy songs, prizes, snacks and scavenger hunts. Come dressed as your most magical self!

When: Saturday, July 27th | 2pm
Who: All Ages/ Families
Registration: Drop In
Partner: Muskoka Pride

July - Preschool & School Aged Programs

Come by the Library for an hour of fun, imagination, creativity and learning, at our weekly Lego Club drop-in! We will have exciting new building challenges every week, lots of time for free building, and of course, time to make new friends.

When: Mondays in July | 10:30am 
Who: School-Aged Children
Registration: Drop In

Join Ms. Hannah every Tuesday morning for our preschool story time, complete with stories, songs, crafts, early literacy activities, and fun for all!

July 23rd: Dino Day
Location: Gravenhurst Public Library

July 30th: Walk on the Wild Side
Location: St. James Anglican Church Side Yard

When: Tuesdays| 10:30am
Who: 18 months - 4 years (younger/older siblings welcome)
Registration: Drop In

Celebrate your favourite children’s authors each week at GPL’s Kids’ Author Hour. Children will read stories, make fun crafts, sing silly songs, and participate in awesome activities, while practising their literacy skills. But the fun doesn't stop there - join us for live readings with local authors, Les Dakens, and Bruce A. Hansen!

July 23rd: Bruce A. Hansen: Elephant Party
Meet local author, Bruce A. Hansen, for an Elephant Party and a live reading of his book Elephants in my Stew!

July 30th: Jan Brett

When: Tuesdays in July | 2pm
Age: 4 - 8 years
*Drop In Event

Join Miss Jenn each week of the summer for epic activities and crafts! Sign-up to make slime, sunglasses, create chalk paint, learn jump rope rhymes, and more!

July 24th: Summer Slime

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July 31st: DIY Sunglasses

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When: Wednesdays in July | 2pm
Age: 6 - 12 years
*Weekly Registration Required

Get ready to dance, sing, shake, and play at GPL’s upcoming Music for Minis program. Children and their caregivers are invited to try out a new musical instrument each week, sing silly songs, and dance their hearts out every Thursday morning all summer!

July 18th: Rainbow Scarves

July 25th: Mother Goose Grooves

When: Thursdays in July | 10:30am
Age: 2 - 6 years (older & younger siblings welcome)
*Drop In Events! 

Come to the Library to build, experiment, explore and discover, in our hands-on Super Science series. Each week we will investigate a new branch of science with exceptional experiments and amazing activities!

July 18th: Chemistry Lab
Get ready to have your minds blown in this week’s Chemistry Lab! There will be sensational science experiments including, DIY lava lamps, erupting volcanoes, and invisible ink secret messages.

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July 25th: Environmental Science Lab
Join us for a hands-on Environmental Science Lab where we will investigate native and invasive plants and animals in Ontario. There will be creepy crawly fun and nifty plant activities!

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When: Thursdays in July | 2pm
Age: 6 - 12 years
*Weekly Registration Required
Sponsor: Your Independent Grocer

Come to the Library for Baby Story Hour every Friday! Make new friends as you explore sensory activities, read books, sing songs and learn new lap bounces!

When: Fridays | 10:30am 
Age: 0-2 years (older siblings are also welcome) 
Registration: Drop In

Friday, July 26th: Baby & Toddler Water Day

Location: St. James Anglican Church Side Yard

Join Ms. Hannah for a fun morning of splashing around the backyard! Come dressed to get wet! *Rain Date: August 2nd

Summer Trade School 

Are you interested in a career in the trades? Explore a new skilled trade every week! Each session will feature a fun, hands-on project sponsored by local industry experts, and an engaging lesson outlining the basics of the trade. From HVAC to plumbing, tiling to electrical, you can unlock your future career this summer at GPL.

Discover the artistic side of tiling at this week’s Summer Trade School session! Create your own mosaic masterpiece perfect for any garden while learning about a career in tiling and stone work.

When: Monday, July 22nd | 2pm
Ages: 6 - 12 years
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Sponsor: Slabtown Tile & Stone Inc

Explore the explosive world of plumbing at this week’s Summer Trade School session. Kids will explore the natural laws of plumbing and test their skills by building their very own water rocket!

When: Monday, July 29th | 2pm 
Ages: 8 - 12 years
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Sponsor: Apple Plumbing Inc.

Get an eye for design as you build and decorate your own house at this week's Summer Trade School.  Kids will learn the basics of interior and exterior design and make their own playhouse to take home.

When: Monday, August 12th | 2pm
Ages: 6-10 years
Registration Required
Sponsor: Kelsey Gliddon Real Estate

Make your own mini excavator and learn all about monster machines at our final Summer Trade School session of the season!  Participants will learn all about construction vehicles and heavy duty hydraulics, and leave with a working mini excavator model! 

When: Monday, August 19th | 2pm
Ages: 6-12 Years
Registration Required
Sponsor:  EZXcavation and E-Z storage

August - Preschool & School Aged Programs

Children entering kindergarten are invited to our upcoming program which will highlight the essential classroom skills children need to be successful in their first year of school.  Using fun games and engaging activities, we will practice important social skills including teamwork, taking turns, following directions, and sitting on our bums for circle time!

When:  Monday, August 12th, 19th & 26th at 10:30am
Age:  Children entering kindergarten for the first time
*One Time Registration Required

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Celebrate your favourite children’s authors each week at GPL’s Kids’ Author Hour. Children will read stories, make fun crafts, sing silly songs, and participate in awesome activities, while practising their literacy skills. But the fun doesn't stop there - join us for live readings with local authors, Linden Roy!

August 6th:  Nick Bland

August 13th: Linden Roy's Irregular Party
Join local author, Linden Roy, for an Irregular Man Party filled with interests and oddities, and a reading of his book Irregular Man!

August 20th: Julia Donaldson

When: Tuesdays in July | 2pm
Age: 4 - 8 years
*Drop In Events

Join Ms. Hannah every Tuesday morning for our preschool story time, complete with stories, songs, crafts, early literacy activities, and fun for all!

August 6th: Medieval Time
Location: Gravenhurst Public Library

August 13th:  Special Event - Bluey Bubble Party
Location:  
St. James Anglican Church Side Yard
Calling all Bluey and Bingo Fans!  Join us for a Bluey Bubble Party at this super special story time complete with a photo booth, temporary tattoos, games, crafts, and of course, lots and lots of bubbles!

August 20th: Water Day
Location: Gravenhurst Public Library

August 27th: Bug Day
Location: Gravenhurst Public Library

When: Tuesdays| 10:30am
Who: 18 months - 4 years (younger/older siblings welcome)
Registration: Drop In

Become a Technology Wizard this summer at GPL's Tech Tales!  Register each week to combine magic and machinery and make 3D Printed Dragons, Cricut Castles, Mini Minotaur Mazes, and Jousting Robots!

August 1st: 3D Printed Dragons

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August 8th: Cricut Castles

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August 15th: Minotaur Mazes

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August 22nd: Robot Jousting

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When: Thursdays in August
Ages: 5-10 Years
Register Required

Get ready to dance, sing, shake, and play at GPL’s upcoming Music for Minis program. Children and their caregivers are invited to try out a new musical instrument each week, sing silly songs, and dance their hearts out every Thursday morning all summer!

August 1st:  Bouncy Balls

August 8th: Bubble Bops

August 15th: Rock'n Rhythm Sticks

August 22nd: DIY Instruments

When: Thursdays in August | 10:30am
Age: 2 - 6 years (older & younger siblings welcome)
*Drop In Event

Come to the Library for Baby Story Hour every Friday! Make new friends as you explore sensory activities, read books, sing songs and learn new lap bounces!

When: Fridays | 10:30am 
Age: 0-2 years (older siblings are also welcome) 
Registration: Drop In

Friday, August 30th: Baby & Toddler Brown Bear Puppet Show

Location: St. James Anglican Church Side Yard

Join Ms. Jenn for a morning of peeking, playing, and puppetry at our Baby Bear Puppet Show based on the beloved book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear!

Join Miss Jenn each week of the summer for epic activities and crafts! Sign-up to make slime, sunglasses, create chalk paint, learn jump rope rhymes, and more!

August 7th: Jump Rope Rhymes

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August 14th: Friendship Bracelets 101

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August 21st: Backyard Games

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When: Wednesdays in August | 2pm
Age: 6 - 12 years
*Weekly Registration Required

Weekly Events in July & August for All Ages & Families

Come join us at the Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market every week for fun crafts, games and stories!

When: Wednesdays |10am -12pm
Who: All Ages / Families
Registration: Drop In
Location: Gull Lake Rotary Park Pavilion

*Please note: There is a date change and the Market will take place on Tuesday, July 16th. The Library will not be able to attend on July 16th. We will return to the Farmer's Market on Wednesday, July 24th.  

Join GPL for fun pre-movie games, crafts, and activities each week at Cinema Under the Stars. For more information check the Town of Gravenhurst Website

When: Thursdays in July | 8pm - Thursdays in August | 7pm
Who: All Ages/ Families
Registration: Drop In
Location: Muskoka Wharf in July
Location: Gull Lake Rotary Park in August

Passive Programs - July & August 

GPL’s Fairy Garden is back...and it’s bigger than ever! Visit the garden weekly to see what new nonsense our tiny friends get up to. While you’re here, drop off letters in our fairy mailbox to become pen pals with Lily, the Library Fairy!

When: July & August - Starts Tuesday, July 2nd | 10am - 4pm

Who: All ages
Registration Not Required

Write a short story about the last two existing dragons! Come into the Library or download and print a copy of the template from our website for more information. Your completed template with your story is due back to the library by August 21st for the chance to win a prize. Winner will be announced at our Marvellous Magician End of Summer Event!

When: Starts July 1st and closes August 21st
Who: School-Aged Children
Registration: Not Required
Pick up template at the Library or print from website

Read across Canada with us this summer for a chance to win a prize! Come into the Library or download and print a copy of the reading log from our website for more information. Your completed reading log is due back to the library by August 28th. Winner will be announced at our Marvellous Magician End of Summer Event!

When: Starts July 1st and closes August 28th
Who: School-Aged Children
Registration Not Required
Pick up reading log at the Library or print from website

Parents/Guardians: Please be aware that children under the age of 10 years old must have a parent or guardian present in the Library. Parents or guardians need to be present in the library at all times during programs and be readily available to supervise their child’s breaks, or early dismissal from programs. Children over the age of 10 are allowed to be in the Library without a parent or guardian present, but will not be supervised by Library staff and are free to leave the program room and the Library at their own discretion.

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Gravenhurst Public Library
180 Sharpe St W Gravenhurst, ON

Hours
Monday: 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday:10 am- 4 pm

T. 705-687-3382

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