You’re going to Kindergarten! That is so exciting! The library will be with you all the way – here to support you with books, resources, programs and so much more as you start your journey through school.
NEW! GET READY FOR KINDERGARTEN BOOK BUNDLE
You can now request a special Get Ready for Kindergarten Bundle complete with books and activities to help you and your child get ready for kindergarten. Simply fill out the online form below to request your bundle.
Get Ready for Kindergarten bundles are a one-time request.
Early Literacy Programs
Early Learning Programs at WPL are based on literacy research and include tips and information for parents and caregivers. These programs are designed to build a foundation of early literacy skills that will help your child as they enter Kindergarten.
To view a list of upcoming Early Literacy programs, click here.
Transition to Kindergarten
This 3-week program is designed to help your child prepare for kindergarten by working on shapes, letters, numbers, colours, and other fun skills. We offer this program in the Spring and Summer.
To see if there is an upcoming Transition to Kindergarten program, click here.
Explore Play Learn
EXPLORE PLAY LEARN is Waterloo Public Library’s approach to the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read™ program. We have special collections of books, toys and activities designed to help get you and your child reading, writing, singing, playing and talking together.
To learn more about our award-winning Explore Play Learn program, click here.
15 Minutes Every Day Videos
Discover a selection of videos that demonstrate how, with just 15 minutes every day, you can incorporate early literacy practices into your everyday life.
Start watching by clicking here.
1000 Books before kindergarten
Explore the world of early literacy with your preschooler. The mission is simple: Read!
If you read just 1 book a day, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years, and 1,095 books in just three years!
Click here to create an account with us where you and your child can track all of the books you read together. Each week, new missions to help you build literacy skills for life will appear in your account.
Read, write, sing, talk and play with these missions for hours of fun together. Graduates of the program will receive a special gift and certificate.
For more information about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, click here.