Library Programs & Events

The Toronto Public Library's programs include storytelling, and author or illustrator visits throughout the year. Please go to Programs and Events, choose your branch and look for Children's Programs for specific dates, times and locations. Some programs require registration.

Summer Wonder (Ages 6- 12)

Summer Wonder is a great way for kids to build skills, discover a new interest, meet friends and, most importantly, have fun. Join in the fun by attending free programs, registering for the TD Summer Reading Club, sharing a question about the world on a Wonder Wall and tackling a new open-ended creativity challenge each week together as a family. It runs all summer long.

Ready for Reading Storytimes

Storytimes in library branches throughout the city encourage a lifelong love of reading, build reading readiness in children and show parents and caregivers how to help their child get ready for reading.

Parents and caregivers attend with their children. All programs are free.

Baby Time (Birth-18 months) - Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories .

Toddler Time (19 months-3 years) - Stories, songs and rhymes.

Story Time (3-5 years) - Favourite stories, fingerplays, songs and verse .

Family Time(5 and under) - Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts.

Dial-a-Story

Children can hear many entertaining stories by phone  at 416-395-5400. We have stories in Cantonese, English, French, Italian, Gujurati, Urdu, Mandarin,Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Russian,Tagalog, Korean and Tamil. Available 24 hours a day.

Leading to Reading (Grades 1-6)

Children requiring help with reading and study skills receive individualized help for one hour per week. Application forms are available at participating library branches. Space is limited. Find out more information on Leading to Reading .

Juvenile Book Club Sets

Borrow a set of books (up to 12 of the same title) to run a book club. You can keep the books for up to 6 weeks. Find more information and the titles here.

Afterschool Programs (Age 7-12)

Many libraries offer weekly or monthly afterschool sessions that focus on books, makerspaces and fun.

Family Nights

Fun for the whole family.

Class Visits

Teachers, day care and recreation leaders are invited to bring their groups to visit the library. Please book in advance.