Share the love of reading

Canada's libraries make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and in our communities.

  • Oct. 23, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Deanne Perreault

Canada’s libraries make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and in our communities. They help to inspire Canadians to celebrate our culture, to advance universal and equitable access to information, to support lifelong learning and to document and preserve our heritage for generations to come. This month, the inspiration created in and by libraries will be celebrated with the theme “Libraries Inspire!”

Over 21 million Canadians hold a public library card, making public libraries the most popular cultural institution in the country. Over 97 per cent of Canadians live in communities served by a public library, and the library adds to the vitality of every one of these communities.

For our “early years” patrons the Cranbrook Public Library wants to inspire the love of reading by sharing stories and songs with children in our storytime programs that take place throughout the year in the Storytime Horseshoe at the Cranbrook Public Library.  Toddlers, from birth to 3 years, and their caregivers are invited to come on Friday mornings at 10 or 11 for stories and songs. Preschoolers, aged 3 to 5, and their caregivers are welcome to come on Wednesdays at 11 and 1:15 for stories, fingerplays and puppet stories.  Families are encouraged to come on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

Storytimes give parents an opportunity to listen to stories presented to children and provide a place where parents can socialize with other caregivers and young children can meet others their age.

Reading a book to an infant helps him/her make connections between words and meaning. It also helps create a warm, safe environment for children and leads to a lifetime love of reading and learning.

The Cranbrook Public Library wants to inspire you!

For more information about children’s programs, check our website at www.cranbrookpubliclibrary.ca or our facebook page or contact Deanne Perreault, Children’s and Youth Librarian at 250 426 4063.

Deanne Perreault is Children’s and Youth Librarian at the Cranbrook Public Library.

This article was submitted by The Cranbrook Early Years Committee. Visit www.ekids.ca for information about programs. For more information about the committee, contact Shannon at

cranbrookecd@gmail.com