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 Summer Reading Club Launch Party with guest entertainer Roger Boucher!
Monday, June 26, 4:00

Come down to the library and be entertained by Roger Boucher as we launch the TD Summer Reading Club, Canada 150!   Local magician Roger Boucher has been amazing audiences all across Canada.  His passion for magic delights and thrills all audiences!

Kids, it’s your chance to register and get your reading log, poster, activity booklet, bookmark and stickers.  Find out about all the fun activities and prizes we’ve got planned for July and August.  Enjoy a snack, too.  See you there!  If you can’t join us for the Launch Party, plan to register at the library’s Circulation Desk any time after June 26.

Complete information about the TD Summer Reading Club, including weekly story times and an exciting grand prize will be in the July/August newsletterPlan now to make the TD Summer Reading Club part of your holiday activities!

The goals of the TD Summer Reading Club are to encourage and strengthen the habit of reading for pleasure, to create life-long learners, to increase children’s reading skills, and to reduce summer learning loss.












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Category: Registered Children ProgramsTD Canadian Children’s Book Week (May 6 to 13) - Read Across Canada - Storyteller: Alan Cumyn


May 9, 2017 2:30 pm

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 - Zootopia (108 min., PG)


May 13, 2017

Zootopia is a city filled with talking animals. When a fox has to run from a crime he didn't commit, the best cop in the city has to chase him down. That cop happens to be a rabbit. Things are not always what they seem in Zootopia. The fox and rabbit become embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens to bring them both down. They'll have to work together to find out what's really going on in Zootopia. Can enemies save each other's lives and become friends?

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 Craft - Wind Chimes


May 20, 2017

Have fun making a colourful wind chime for your back yard to add lovely sounds on windy days!

All materials are supplied. Everyone welcome!

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Category: Open Children ProgramsDrop-In Activity Day


May 27, 2017

Drop by and enjoy Lego, puzzles, board games, Play Doh, and more!

Fun activities for all ages! Everyone welcome!

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  • Bernice Sayese Centre
  • Movie Matinee
  • Open Children Programs
  • Registered Children Programs