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Storytimes, Book Clubs, Reading Lists

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Book Clubs

Virtual and DIY book clubs
with simultaneous-use titles

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Storytimes

Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts,
and chapter book readings

Virtual Storytime Kits
Storytime Shorts
PJ Stories
Storytimes for Families & Toddlers

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Reading Inspiration

Discover reading suggestions
and staff picks

Book Talks
Curated Reads

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DIY Book Club

You and your book club, family, or friends can pick from a range of titles, including literary classics and some of our very own Book Club in a Bag titles!

All titles are available through hoopla or OverDrive for simultaneous use, so everyone can read at the same time. Get together through a phone or video call and discuss your read with book club questions!

Visit our eBook Club page for more information, including and a list of available titles and discussion guides!

 


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Storytimes: Virtual Storytime Kits

Host your own special DIY storytime at home! Each virtual kit contains all of the songs, activities, and links to downloadable eBooks (via Overdrive/Libby or hoopla) that you'll need to get your little ones engaged and learning early literacy skills!

 

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Storytimes: Storytime Shorts

Take five minutes with your little ones and Storytime Shorts created by Library staff!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

  • ​​Yoo Hoo Ladybug (new!): Who can find the Lady Bug the fastest!? Tally the results and find out who wins!
  • ​​Pirates: Celebrate all things pirate in honour of September 19th's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
  • TD Summer Reading Club 2021:
    • ​​Snuggle Down DeepSnuggle up for an extra cozy Storytime Short with Mady and Trinity!
    • The Patchwork Dragon: Read a story about staying true to yourself and doing what makes you happy with Trinity and Mady!
    • Listen to Our World: Learn about the animal kingdom in this Storytime Short with Mady and Trinity!
    • I Will Dance: Read a story about overcoming challenges and dance along to a song with Trinity and Mady!
    • Gurple and Preen: Read about Gurple and Preen’s adventures in space and sing a song about the planets with Trinity and Mady!
    • The Beach: Trinity and Mady take a trip to the beach and discover the wonders of the underwater world!
    • Baseball: Join Trinity and Mady on their baseball adventure to learn more about sports and finding your courage!
  • Club de lecture d’été TD 2021:
    • ​​Sois toi meme (nouveau!): Lisons un livre avec une licorne qui croit dur comme fer que les petites filles existent et chantons une petite chanson ensemble! Let's read a book about a unicorn who believes with all her heart that little girls exist and sing a song together!
    • Francais Licorne: Lisons un livre avec une licorne qui croit dur comme fer que les petites filles existent et chantons une petite chanson ensemble! Let's read a book about a unicorn who believes with all her heart that little girls exist and sing a song together!
    • Souffles de souhaits: Lisons un livre rempli de souhaits pour le bonheur et chantons une petite chanson ensemble! Let's read a book full of wishes for happy days and sing a song together!
  • 123 Peas: Enjoy a story and song about counting and numbers!
  • Babies Around the World Dancing: Enjoy a story and song about dancing with loved ones and all around the world!
  • Barnyard Dance: Grab some shakers or clap along as we go on a barnyard dance at the farm!
  • The Biggest Kiss: What kind of kisses do animals share? How do we show each other we care?
  • Can a Cat Do That?: Enjoy a story and song about all different kinds of cats!
  • Cats' Night Out: There are a lot of fun things for cats to do at night!
  • Cheer: Sometimes, community is so exciting, you just have to cheer!
  • Clever Little Witch: Sometimes, being an older sibling is no fun. Is the clever little witch lucky to have her baby brother after all?
  • Daniel Can Dance: Enjoy a story and song about Daniel Tiger and the all time classic hokey pokey!
  • Daniel Tries a New Food: Helping out in the kitchen and trying new foods is fun!
  • Granddad's Camper: Join Grandad as he relives his memories of his adventures with Gramps!
  • Great Fairies of the World: It takes all different kinds of fairies to keep fairyland running smoothly!
  • Happy Valentine's Day Charlie Brown: Listen to Charlie Brown's classic children's Valentine's Day story!
  • Hibernation Station: Enjoy a story and song about deep winter sleeps!
  • I Don't Draw I Colour: It's fun to think about how colours can show our feelings!
  • Idea Jar: Enjoy a story and song about reading and wonderful story ideas!
  • If I Was the Sunshine: Enjoy a story and song about Mr Golden Sun!
  • In a Garden (Earth Day): In a garden, life never stops - let's see what we can discover! An early celebration of Earth Day!
  • Little Leo: Sometimes, we have to try over and over before we succeed. Let's learn about persistence with Little Leo!
  • Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears: Enjoy a story and song about clapping and how everyone gets scared sometimes!
  • Little Thor Gets Mad: When Little Thor gets mad, he takes time to think about what he should do next.
  • Lullaby: Enjoy a story and song about lullabies, brave cowboys, and your ABCs!
  • Monster Boogie: Get ready to get up and dance after you watch this Storytime Short!
  • Mrs Birdley: Enjoy a story and song about animals, adventuring, and buses!
  • My Friend Earth: Enjoy a story and song about weather, animals, and plants!
  • No T-Rex in the Library: What happens when Tess snarls and snorts in the library?
  • One Dark Bird: In today's story, watch what happens when one dark bird becomes part of a beautiful flock!
  • One More Hug (Mother's Day): This week, let's celebrate the love that mothers share with their children! Happy Mother's Day!
  • Operation Library: Enjoy a story and song with Boss Baby and Down by the Bay!
  • Over and Under the Rainforest (Earth Day): In today's book, we learn about animals that live in the rain forest, just in time for Earth Day on April 22!
  • Percy's Museum:  Celebrate International Museum Day on May 17! As Percy observes his backyard, he collects samples for his own museum!
  • Perfect Hug: Enjoy a story and song about love and the absolute perfect hug!
  • Pluto Gets the Call: Learn about the planets in outer space ... and Pluto!
  • Polar Bear's Underwear: Where on earth is polar bear's underwear?! (Say that five times fast!)
  • Snuggle Puppy: Sing the Snuggle Puppy Song while enjoying Sandra Boynton's illustrations.
  • Sophia Johnson Unicorn Expert: Enjoy a story and song about mystery solving and unicorns!
  • Spacebot: Have you ever received a special gift from someone who comes from far away?
  • Spring for Sophie: Learn about the signs of spring with Sophie! Can you listen for spring? Can you feel spring with your feet?
  • The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read: Learning to read is fun when you get to read something that thrills you!
  • Tangled: Enjoy a story and song about shapes and actions!
  • Teddy Bear: Enjoy a story and song about furry, fluffy bears!
  • Tickles: Enjoy a story and song about numbers and counting!
  • The Tiny Seed and Plant Song: Today's classic Eric Carle story follows a tiny seed on its adventures through the seasons.
  • Tiny T-Rex and the Impossible Hug: Today, we learn that our feelings make our hugs big, even if our arms are tiny!
  • Tiny T-Rex and the Very Dark Dark: Rex, Pointy, and Bob camp out in the backyard without any nighty lights!
  • Waves: Explore the beach, the ocean, and waves in a story with no words!
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Go through grass, mud, the forest, and more in this classic children's tale.
  • What Dads Can't Do (Father's Day): This week, we celebrate father figures and all the things they can't do!
  • Where is the Sun?: Enjoy a classic Eric Carle tale and let's sing to Mr. Sun together!
  • Wiggle: There are many reasons to wiggle, and there are many wiggle places, too!
  • You Matter: Sometimes feelings are confusing. It helps to know that no matter what, you matter!
  • Pride Month (June)
  • Easter
  • St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
    • The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun: Look for a four-leafed clover with the itsy-bitsy leprechaun in today's special St Patrick's Day Short!
    • How to Trap a Leprechaun: Learn an important skill with today's Short, just in time for St Patrick's Day: how to trap a leprechaun!
  • Black History Month (February)
  • Forest of Reading, Blue Spruce Award Nominees:

 

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Storytimes: PJ Stories

Sing along with soothing songs and listen to bedtime stories. Perfect for watching in your pajamas!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

 

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Storytimes: Family Storytimes

Welcome to Family Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and games that are fun for all ages! Grab the family and discover literary adventure together!

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are key skills and fun ways to help your child get ready to read! Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school, and helps foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

 

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Storytimes: Tales for Toddlers

Welcome to Tales for Toddlers! Share the love of reading, and build vocabulary with songs, rhymes, finger plays, and simple stories rhymes at this interactive program for busy toddlers and their caregivers!

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are key skills and fun ways to help your child get ready to read! Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school, and helps foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

 

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Storytimes: Baby Bookworms

Welcome to Baby Bookworms! Children love to be bounced, tickled, and read to. Learn how the sound of your voice, the rhythm of a song, holding a book and reading get your child ready to read.

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are key skills and fun ways to help your child get ready to read! Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school, and helps foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

  • View the Baby Bookworms playlist in YouTube!
  • Baby Bookworms, June 15: Welcome to the Father (Figure)'s Day edition of Baby Bookworms! This week, cozy up with someone you love to read and sing about the special men in your life!
  • Baby Bookworms, June 8: Enjoy a book about ABCs and some Nursery Rhyme time with your little one!
  • Baby Bookworms, June 1: This week, we cuddle under our umbrella's and then talk about all the colors that surround us!
  • Baby Bookworms, May 25: This week, we talk and sing about trains and travel!
  • Baby Bookworms, May 18: Come explore the garden above and below the ground with interesting plants and animals!
  • Baby Bookworms, May 11: This week, we discuss transportation, as well as how you can adapt your speech to make language learning easier for baby!
  • Baby Bookworms, April 20: This week to celebrate Earth Day, explore Mama Earth's amazing activities!
  • Baby Bookworms, March 23: You and your baby can learn sign language together so that baby can benefit from learning a second language from infancy.
  • Baby Bookworms, March 16: This week, we're looking at baby's 17th and 18th months. Your little monkey is going to start climbing and jumping!
  • Baby Bookworms, March 9: This week, we're looking at baby's 15th and 16th months. Baby's sense of humour is emerging while naps start to fall by the wayside.
  • Baby Bookworms, March 1: This week, we're looking at baby's 13th and 14th months. Help baby develop physical strength and some stability on their own two feet!
  • Baby Bookworms, February 23: This week, we're looking at baby's 11th and 12th months. Babies this age are sometimes ready to start walking!
  • Baby Bookworms, February 9: This week, we discuss baby's 7th and 8th month. Prompt babies to explore their hands! Learn why playing peek-a-boo is fun and healthy!
  • Baby Bookworms, February 2: In today's Baby Bookworms, learn about milestones for baby's 5th and 6th months when many babies learn to sit!
  • Baby Bookworms, January 26: In today's Baby Bookworms, learn about milestones for baby's 3rd and 4th months, the importance of tummy time, and tips for choosing books to read to baby!
  • Baby Bookworms, January 19: Learn about milestones for baby's first few months and the importance of speaking with your baby, along with morning and bathtime routines and helpful eResources!

 

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Storytimes: Chapter Book Readings, Trouble in the Trees

Join Miss Carol from the Clarington Public Library as she reads from Trouble in the Trees by Yolanda Ridge, published by Orca Book Publishers, for the TD Summer Reading Club!

When tree climbing is banned at her townhouse complex, Bree assumes a new role in her community: activist and advocate.

Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.

 

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Storytimes: Full-Length Storytimes

Sing and craft along with Library staff with songs, activities, and stories!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube; storytime readings will be available for a limited time only to preserve the rights of authors and illustrators.)

 


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Reading Inspiration: Book Talks, Browsing

Discover a new favourite title, series, or author with your Library staff! Browse the next time you're in branch, or request these and many more titles via our online catalogue, phone 905-623-7322 x2712, email info@clarington-library.on.ca!

  • Book Highlights
    • October 2021 (new!): Jen's back with more suggestions to help you complete your 10 to Try Challenge! Check out these suggestions to complete your Biography, Books in Translation, and Young Adult categories. Plus, some spooky reads for October!
    • September 2021: Are you ready for the 10 to Try Challenge? Jen is here with nine awesome recommendations to get you started!
  • TD Summer Reading Club 2021:
    • "Off the Shelf" Podcast: In this special Library "Off the Shelf" podcast, Mady and Trinity talk everything TD Summer Reading Club! They discuss what’s going on in the Library, book recommendations, and even answer a few questions!
    • Fun in the Water: Put on your snorkel and flippers for aquatic fun!
    • Endangered Animals: Learn all about the importance of protecting our planet and the animals that live there.
    • The Great Outdoors: Get inspired to venture outside and appreciate nature!
    • Ready, Set, Go!: Join Trinity as she shares books to help you get moving with this week's theme!
    • Mystery: Whodunnit?! Join Mady as she shares books with a mystery!
    • Books about the Olympics: Ready, set, GO! Learn about Olympic themed books at the Library!
    • Books about hockey: Get your stick ready because the puck is about to drop!
    • Books You Can Play: Kick off Summer Reading Club with these fun interactive books!
  • Courtice Branch, Adult Fiction, authors A to C

 

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Reading Inspiration: Curated Reads

Find a list of curated reads from our eCollection based on interesting topics and themes.

  • Canadian Library Month (October)
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30)
  • National Indigenous History Month (June)
    • Indigenous Literature (2021): Literature that honours and reflects on the history, heritage, strength, and diversity of Indigenous communities in Canada and celebrate knowledge sharing.
    • Indigenous Books for Kids (2021): Celebrate Indigenous History Month. These children's books honour and reflect on the history, heritage, strength and diversity of Indigenous communities in Canada.
    • YA Indigenous Reads (2021): Young Adult books that reflect on Indigenous issues, cultures, and history and celebrate knowledge sharing.
    • Indigenous Books for Kids (2020):  Children's books that honour and reflect on the history, heritage, strength, and diversity of Indigenous communities in Canada.
    • Indigenous Literature (2020): Literature that honours and reflects on the history, heritage, strength, and diversity of Indigenous communities in Canada.
  • Beach Reads: Heading to or dreaming of the beach? Check out some of these adult fiction novels and feel the sand between your toes!
  • Black History: Adult fiction and non-fiction titles by Black Canadian authors and books that detail Black Canadian experiences.
  • Canadian Lives: Biographies and memoirs, detailing the vast life experiences of Canadians, available through OverDrive/Libby with your Clarington Public Library card.
  • Comic Books: Did you know you can borrow your favourite eComics from the Clarington Public Library? Check out Hoopla, OverDrive, and TumbleBooks for more titles!
  • Cooking and Baking with Kids: Get creative in the kitchen with these great titles!
  • Cozy Reads: Cuddle up with one of these great titles you may have missed!
  • Fall in Love With Reading: Discover great romantic reads and the thrill of falling in love!
  • Gardening: How does your garden grow? Explore these gardening books for houseplants, small spaces, veggies, flowers, and more!
  • Jump into Summer: Jump into a summer-themed book for family storytime to kick off the sunny season!
  • Literarian: Check out these literary fiction titles and more on OverDrive/Libby, available with your Clarington Public Library card! (Literarian: Someone who loves literature so much that they want to share it with as many people as possible, one who is engaged in literary pursuits)
  • Personal Development: Explore titles related to mental health, self-care & self-improvement, wellness & mindfulness, and more.
  • Pet CareGive your pet the best care with these reads on hoopla!
  • Professional Development: Find resources on businesses small to large, marketing, leadership, finance, and more!
  • Spring Cleaning: Get tips and tricks to get started on your spring cleaning with materials from our eCollection!
  • Stargazing: Calling all stargazers! We've got some great books in our eCollection to help you get started seeing the wonders of the universe from your backyard!
  • YA Fantasy & Sci-Fi: From dystopian to fantasy to space operas, go beyond the known realm with great YA reads!
  • Pride (June)
    • Pride Month, Adults and Youth (2021): Celebrate diversity and inclusion with these LGBTQ+ titles for adults and youth!
    • Pride Month, Junior (2021): Celebrate diversity and inclusion with these LGBTQ+ titles for children!
    • Pride Month (2020): Celebrate Pride Month and discover LGBTQ+ books for adults, YA, and junior!
  • Observances
    • Earth Day: Celebrate everything green for Earth Day this April 22nd!
    • National AccessAbility Week: Celebrate all abilities by reading these books during AccessAbility Week, May 30 to June 5!
    • Unicorn Day: April 9th is Unicorn Day! Celebrate everything sparkly and magical!
    • World Baking Day: May 16th is World Baking Day. Check out one of these yummy titles to find a new recipe!
    • World Turtle Day: Learn more about turtles with our picks to celebrate World Turtle Day on May 23!
  • Special Days
    • Family Day, Celebrate Family: Titles just for kids that celebrate everything wonderful about family!
    • Family Day, Family Experiences: Biographies and memoirs on the triumphs and struggles of family life.
    • Father's Day: Celebrating those that father us and love us!
    • Mother's Day: Celebrate those that mother us and love us!
    • Mother's Day, Celebrating Mom: Titles just for kids that celebrate the wonderful mothers!
    • Mother's Day, In Honour of Mom: Celebrate with these biographies and memoirs about the power of a mother's love!

 

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Reading Inspiration: Reading Challenges

Jumpstart your reading with these exciting Reading Challenges! Finds these titles through Cricut Media on our eResources page or on our eCollections page.