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Little Santa by John Agee

Hi Kids, Rascal here again. The holiday season is upon us and I have been getting into the Christmas spirit. I hear children talking about this person named “Santa Clause” and I was wondering who he was. I read a great book called “Little Santa” and I learned a lot. Firstly, Santa loves to wear red underwear. Raccoons do not need underwear because we have warm furry coats but I think I look good in red. Secondly, Santa is very agile to be able to climb down chimneys. Raccoons are also very agile creatures so we have that in common. I know I have been down a few chimneys in my time. Thirdly, Santa has a sweet tooth. He really likes cookies. Cookies are my favorite treat as well so I think this Santa person and I would get along great. The one thing I don’t like is flying. I like to keep my paws firmly planted on the ground. However, Santa’s sleigh looks pretty darn comfy. Keep your paws clean kids and have a great holiday! Your pal Rascal!

Past Reviews by Rascal

Frosty Fest - SAturday Dec 16, 10-11:30am

Frosty the Snowman inspired games, food and decorations. Fun for the whole family.

frosty the snowman

Christmas Ornament Making - Monday Dec 18, 3:30-4:30pm

ornament making

Special Holiday Story Hour - Wednesday and thursday Dec 20 & 21, 10:30am

holiday story hour kids holiday programs

Programs & Activities - PRESCHOOL

The Fall Preschool Session runs until December 21. Registration will take place at the program.

Preschool Programs

  • Intended to encourage and develop a love of reading
  • Free with limited space, registration required

Preschool Resources

Preschool storytime
  • Board books for babies and toddlers
  • Up-to-date parenting books
  • Great selection of picture books
  • Videos, DVDs and Music

tales for tots Tuesdays at 10:30-11:00 am

  • Enjoy short stories, rhymes, songs and colouring
  • Children 1 & 2 years old, with a parent or grandparent are welcome to register!

family Story Hour Wednesday or Thursday at 10:30-11:15 am

  • Enjoy a collection of stories, songs, rhymes and a simple craft
  • Program is for children 3 to 5 years old

Programs & Activities - ELEMENTARY

Programs for kids

  • Intended to develop the habit of reading for a lifetime
  • No fee and registration is not required

Resources for kids

  • Chapter books for all levels of reading
  • Easy read books to encourage new young readers
  • Extensive non-fiction books for leisure reading and school research
  • Comprehensive juvenile reference books
  • Electronic resources and online databases
  • Videos, DVDs and Music
  • Public computer with access to the Internet (parental permission required)

After School Programs

    • CRAFTERNOONS - first and third Monday of each month, 3:45 - 4:45pm
  • Ages 6-12 welcome to join us for this creative craft program
  • LEGO BUILD on Wednesdays 3:45 - 4:45 pm
  • Various LEGO challenges. Bring your imagination! Ages 6-10
  • LEVEL UP PS4 GAMING on Thursdays 3:45 - 4:45 pm
  • Kids 10+ welcome to join in with the Library's PS4 gaming console. Snacks provided.
  • After School Clubs

    • BLING BLING- last Monday of each month, 3:45 - 4:45pm
  • Ages 9-12 who love everything fabulous! Create accessories using beads, glitter, sparkles & more.
    • RASCAL'S RANGERS - last Tuesday of each month, 3:45 - 4:45pm
  • Ages 6-10 will discover animals native to Muskoka. Crafts, snacks & activities. Please register in advance.
  • Liv4Learning: A Homeschool Trip Around the World

    • BPL is now offering homeschoolers a monthly trip around the world!
    • The first travel session will be Friday December 15, 10 - 11am. The country we will be exploring will be a British Christmas.

    paws to read

    • Children will read aloud individually to a trained therapy dog during 15 minute sessions.
    • Improve reading and communication skills, great for reluctant readers.
    • Registration required. Next sessions will be on Monday December 11 and Monday December 18, 3:30-4:30pm


    • Library version of the popular board game Monopoly offered during summer months
    • Self-paced game that encourages children to read books on a wide variety of subjects

    Forest of Reading

    • This program is in partnership with the Ontario Library Association and showcases great Canadian authors and illustrators.
    • The Library offers Blue Spruce for grades K-2, Silver Birch Express for grades 3-4