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Virtual Storytime with Santa - Saturday December 11 at 10 AM

In partnership with other Muskoka libraries, Bracebridge Public Library is pleased to offer a virtual storytime with Santa! This program is offered via Zoom so an email address is required. To register for this festive storytime, please call 705-645-4171 or email Asheigh.Whipp@BracebridgeLibrary.ca.


The Library and children's area is open for in-house browsing! In order to maintain physical distancing we are limiting the number of people in the children's room to 8. We ask that if you visit the library with your children and family members that you use the time to select some great books that you will take home to read.


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In-Person Preschool Programs

The Library is excited to offer in-person programs and start on November 8th. Space is limited to 5 children and one adult per child. Registration is required and children must be the assigned age to attend. Registration is required for each program. Please call 705-645-4171.

Baby Time (ages 0 - 18 months). Join Ann Marie for 30 minutes of songs, bounces, finger plays and noise makers on Mondays at 10:30am.

Toddlers and Tots (ages 18months - 35months). Join Ann Marie for 30 minutes of songs, rhymes and a story on Tuesdays at 10:30am.

Storytime (age 3 - 5). Join Ashleigh for songs, rhymes, dancing and stories every Thursday at 10:30am.

TGIF Crafts every Friday

The Library has your craft project covered for the weekends with craft kits to take home and enjoy! Crafts are designed for children age 6 and up and are free with your library card.

RED Books (Read, Empathize, Discover)

December is the month of kindness and giving. Miss Ashleigh has selected 4 books that come with cue cards to help teach little ones the importance of empathy, compassion and the importance of giving rather than receiving! Starting December 6.

Santa's Stories

During the month of December, the Children’s Department has selected some holiday themed stories and accompanying crafts! These books will have a one week loan period

Grab-N-Go Bags for kids

If you are not comfortable with in-house browsing or do not have time to select books for you child, let the Children's Librarian shop the shelves for you. Provide your childs age, reading level and general interest and we will find 5 great books, put them in a bookbag and arrange for curbside pickup. Call 705-645-4171 or email ashleigh.whipp@bracebridgelibrary.ca

New Collections!

Bird watching Backpack

birdwatching bag

Calling all junior bird watchers! You can now borrow a Birdwatching Backpack complete with binoculars, a bird guide, activity sheets and bird seed with your library card. Search the catalogue and request online or call the Library at 705-645-4171.

Checkout a PS4 Gaming Console!

The PS4 console system and 2 controllers is now available to for checkout with your library card for a one week loan. The Library also has great PS4 games for loan.

ps4 console

Autsim Support Kits available!

Communications and Emotions KIT

The Library is excited to offer families a curated kit that is designed to address the communication and emotional needs of children with autism. It includes a variety of activities, games and resources. Thank you to the Friends of BPL for supporting this initiative.

Calming kit

This kit will focus on feelings of anxiety and will provide devices and tools to help creat a sense of calm for children with autism. Borrow the kit for 3 weeks to try different tools, games and resources.

For more information contact the Library or ashleigh.whipp@bracebridgelibrary.ca

virtual programs!

Visit the Library YouTube channel Storytime with Miss Ashleigh for virtual programs including storytimes, rhymes and bounces, cooking class, craft projects, animal facts, and more.

Miss Ashleigh's YouTube channel

Cooking with Kids!

Join Miss Ashleigh in the kitchen!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Zucchini Bread

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Vegetable Soup

Easy Chicken Soup

Easy Banana Bread

Easy Oatmeal

Easy Meatballs

Stewed Rhubarb

Tropical Smoothie



Fun Facts about Animals

10 Fun Facts - Raccoons

10 Fun Facts - Bats


Programs & Activities

Preschool Programs

Intended to encourage and develop a love of reading

Preschool Resources

      Board books for babies and toddlers

    Up-to-date parenting books

    Great selection of picture books

    Videos, DVDs and Music

Programs & Activities - ELEMENTARY

Programs for kids

    Intended to develop the habit of reading for a lifetime

    Resources for kids

    Chapter books for all levels of reading

    Easy read books to encourage new young readers

    Non-fiction books for leisure reading and school research

    Comprehensive juvenile reference books

    Electronic resources and online databases

    Videos, DVDs, audiobooks, Playaways and Playaway Views