At the JMCPL we’re proud to offer a wide range of children’s programming.  These programs will strengthen the imagination, creativity, and literacy of your children and will set them on the path to becoming life-long learners.  Oh yeah, and they’ll also have a lot of fun while they’re at it!  Click on the links to the left to access more specific program information.  You can also access our Online Programs Calendar for a complete list of programming.


TD Canadian Children’s Book Week (May 6 to 13) – Read Across Canada
Tuesday, May 9, 1:30 to 2:30
Storyteller:  Alan Cumyn

Alan Cumyn is the author of thirteen wide-ranging and often wildly original novels, including the Owen Skye trilogy, the young adult novels Tilt and Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend, and several novels for adults. Born and raised in Ottawa, Alan won a city-wide writing contest for students in grade 8, and became especially interested in writing his own poems and stories in high school. But he had been a slow reader in earlier grades, and drew on those memories when writing Dear Sylvia, a novel in letters written by the young Owen Skye — the world’s worst speller — to his true love Sylvia Tull.

Alan began writing his Owen Skye stories when his own daughters were young and just beginning to read. These stories were originally Christmas and birthday gifts to them.  In this special presentation for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, Alan will read from The Secret Life of Owen Skye, After Sylvia and/or Dear Sylvia, the epic/comic love story of young Owen Skye and Sylvia Tull. Together, these books have won or been shortlisted for twelve national awards.

Books by Alan Cumyn:
Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend (Simon & Schuster Canada, 2016)
Tilt (Groundwoods Books, 2011)
Dear Sylvia (Groundwoods Books, 2008)
After Sylvia (Groundwoods Books, 2004)
The Secret Life of Owen Skye (Groundwoods Books, 2002)

Also of interest:
All Night (Grass Roots Press, 2013) [adult/YA literacy]

Students in grades three to seven have been invited to register for this storytelling presentation by Alan Cumyn.  For more information about Alan Cumyn and TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, please visit












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Category: Movie MatineeSaturday Movie - Sing (110 min., PG)


April 1, 2017

Sing follows the journey of a koala, Buster Moon, and his friend, Eddie the sheep, who hope to restore the glory of Buster's movie theater by having a singing competition to raise money. The town, full of anthropomorphic animals, auditions for the show. Among those who audition include an overworked pig and her partner, a gambling mouse, a punk porcupine, a timid elephant, and a gorilla from a criminal family.

If you would like to help us renovate the Mahon Auditorium, please visit to find information on how to donate.

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Category: Open Children ProgramsDrop-In Easter Egg Decorating


April 8, 2017 12:00 pm

Bring two hardboiled eggs to the library! We’ll supply everything you need to create some unique Easter eggs. Drop in any time between 10:00 and 12:00. We’ll see you there!

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Category: Open Children ProgramsLaurie Muirhead and Debora Johnson Book Launch - Lullaby Lilly


April 15, 2017

Lilly Lamm loves lullabies! All kinds of lullabies: happy ones, sad ones, short ones and long ones, tall ones, thin ones, fat ones and small ones! And every night Lilly insists someone sing her a lullaby. But when her mother and father, brothers and sisters, and cousins and aunts and uncles, and grandpa and grandma can’t sing enough lullabies to keep Lilly satisfied, she has to make up her own. But can Lilly learn to time a rhyme and lilt a lullaby when she doesn’t yet know how to write?

Laurie Lynn Muirhead has been writing poetry and children’s literature for the past 20 years. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Her first collection of poetry is titled, Bone Sense. Laurie Lynn is a long-standing member of the San Noms Poetry group, a creative writing coach for youth, and a current member of the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild. Besides writing, she works fulltime as a library clerk at WP Sandin High School in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, and helps out on the family ranch in the rural area of Wild Rose. Lullaby Lilly is her first children’s picture book.

Debora Ann Johnson has had a life-long interest in art. She is a resident of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where she works as a nurse at the Victoria Union Hospital. She has since combined her love for her patients and painting as art therapy, and extends her gift to family and friends. In 2006, Debora attended a university art class by well-known still life artist George Glen, and gained valuable experience with acrylics, which is her preferred medium. Lullaby Lilly is the first book she has illustrated.

Come and meet Laurie and Debora and enjoy readings of their brand new children’s book! Purchase signed copies to take home!

Category: Open Children ProgramsDrop-In Activity Day


April 15, 2017

Drop by and enjoy Lego, puzzles, board games, Play Doh, and more! Fun activities for all ages! Everyone welcome!

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Category: Movie MatineeEaster Break Movie - Ratchet and Clank (95 min., PG)


April 18, 2017

When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.

If you would like to help us renovate the Mahon Auditorium, please visit to find information on how to donate.


Category: Movie MatineeEaster Break Movie - Nine Lives (87 min., PG)


April 19, 2017

A stuffy businessman finds himself trapped inside the body of his family's cat.

If you would like to help us renovate the Mahon Auditorium, please visit to find information on how to donate.


Category: Movie MatineeEaster Break Movie - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (133 min., PG13)


April 20, 2017

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

If you would like to help us renovate the Mahon Auditorium, please visit to find information on how to donate.


Category: Movie MatineeEaster Break Movie - Monster Trucks (105 min., PG)


April 21, 2017

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town. Monster Trucks is an action-filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.

If you would like to help us renovate the Mahon Auditorium, please visit to find information on how to donate.

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Category: Movie MatineeSaturday Movie - When Elephants Were Young (90 min., NR)


April 29, 2017

Wok struggles to make money on the streets of Bangkok. Turning to begging to survive, he does so with his young elephant Nong Mai. While begging on the street is illegal, he finds himself with nowhere else to go, putting himself and the already endangered elephant in even more danger. The poaching and trade that endanger elephants provide the backdrop to Wok's life, until the time comes for Nong Mai to return to the wild.

If you would like to help us renovate the Mahon Auditorium, please visit to find information on how to donate.


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