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Children's Services

Through equitable access to library services children develop a love of reading, and become self directed learners. As a result of positive library experiences, children remain library users throughout their lives.

The training resources offered here all aim to equip library staff with the skills needed to ensure that equitable access.

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: F15-4-OC-RW

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     This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded October 2015.

    Are you afraid of math? Don’t be ashamed, a great many people are. Math anxiety is just as prevalent in adults as it is in children. Also prevalent is the myth that math is difficult to learn and that some people are just plain bad at math. Calgary Public Library, in partnership with Canadian Oil Sands and its Math Minds consortium, has developed an extremely popular and successful program that aims to dispel this myth in children. Since January 2013, Math Minds classes at CPL have helped nearly 1400 elementary students improve in math.
    In this webinar, learn about the Calgary Public Library’s Math Minds program and discover how you too can create your own successful numeracy program for children.

  • Course Code: F15-4-RW

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    This is a recorded webinar provided by SOLS, free of charge and on demand. It was recorded November 2015.

    Play is being embraced as the “new” way for children to learn. What does that mean for your work with families and young children at the library? In this one hour webinar, Early Literacy specialist Kim Krueger-Kischak will discuss what play can look like in programming and how to communicate about the importance of play. The webinar will also explore some fun resources and activities that encourage play at the library. 

  • Course Code: W18-1-MAR-RW

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    This is a recorded webinar, provided by SOLS. It is available free of charge and on demand. It was recorded March 2018.

    Whether you're already full steam ahead with STE(A)M programming in your library, not sure how to get started, or somewhere in between, there's something for you in this webinar.  Our presenters "The Heathers" are passionate about creating engaging and skill-building STE(A)M programs for kids from preschool age to teenage. 


    Find out what to look for in a good program and hear their top picks for programs for each age range. Learn some tips, tricks and useful resources. Get inspired - you don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to have fun exploring and learning with the kids in your library.