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Get creative and take your learning to a whole new level with our Maker Kits. Explore circuits, coding, robots, sewing and more.
Elementary school students, Grades 3-8, can drop-in for homework help with a university student volunteer from the Laurier Students for Literacy Club. For more information, please email: LSFLclub@gmail.com.
Our weekly Homework Help program will resume on January 14th and run until April 4th.
Mondays to Thursdays / 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. / Main Branch
Note: Homework Help Centre will be closed from February 18th to 22nd for University Reading Week and March 11th to 14th for March Break.
For Science Technology Engineering and Math resources check out our new online database, STEM Village or ask us if you need help finding homework help resources.
Improve your child’s French reading skills, for Grades 1 to 3, by pairing them with a French Immersion High School student. In partnership with the Canadian Parents for French - Brantford Chapter.
E-mail email@example.com for more info or to register your child.
Sundays / February 10 & 24, March 3, 24 & 31, April 7, 14 & 28 / 1:30 p.m. / Main Branch
Book small/large group class visits to the Library, book the Digital Lab, drop-in to use the 3D printer, borrow library materials including Curriculum Kits, book a Study Room or drop-in to find a study nook in the Library!
Learn about robotics, 3D printing, artifical intelligence, space exploration, climate change and more with STEM Village. Accessible with your BPL library card.
Class Visits and Outreach
Class Visits at Your School
Pop-Up BPL Storytime @ Your School (20 - 30 minute in classroom library visit.)
We bring the Brantford Public Library to your kindergarten classroom with our Welcome to the Library Storytime!
This fun and interactive Storytime will get your students excited about reading. Students will also learn all about sharing and see the different types of things that can be borrowed at the library – we have books and much more!
We want every kindergarten student to know that the library is a place for family learning and play in the community. To schedule a FREE Kindergarten Welcome to the Library Storytime, use the ‘Book this Workshop’ online form.
Class Visits at the Library
Grade 5 Technology Workshop (2 hour in library class visit)
Bring your Grade 5 class to the Brantford Public Library’s interactive technology workshop! With hands on learning opportunities, we make technology fun and accessible for every student.
Students will explore the concepts of coding and electricity using our maker toys like Ozobots and circuit boards. Students will also have a chance to learn about new and exciting technology available to them at their library.
Our technology workshop will give your students the confidence to be curious, play and learn with technology. To schedule a FREE Grade 5 Technology Workshop, use the ‘Book this Workshop’ online form.
Don’t see an option for your class? Other class visit requests may be accommodated depending on availability. For class visits to the library please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For library visits to your classroom please contact email@example.com.
We love being part of the community! From literacy nights to community festivals, we want to personally welcome everyone to the library and let them know about our wonderful programs, services, and collections. Please let us know if you want us to visit your event or organization. To book this program, please contact Valeria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curriculum kits are bags filled with up to 20 items that follow the Ontario Curriculum. Children can use these kits to assist their learning in a variety of subjects, such as language development, animal life cycles, simple machines and more. Each kit includes items like flashcards, Playaway Views, DVDs and books.
Kits are available on a first come first serve basis. 1 kit can be borrowed per library card for a loan period of 6 weeks. There are no holds or renewals on kits. Late kits will be charged .10 cents/day per item up to a max of $2.00 per item. Replacement fees will apply for any item that is lost or damaged in the kit. Curriculum Kits must be returned to a service desk at either the Main or St. Paul Branch location. Kits must not be put into the Book Drops.
See the complete list of Curriculum Kits.
1. What is a STEM Education Kit?
Check out a STEM Education Kit to teach your students about robotics, coding, electricity and much more.
STEM Education Kits are designed to facilitate learning and play in the classroom for a range of grade levels. Each kit comes with a STEM learning technology, accessories if required and an instruction sheet to get teachers and students started.
Materials in kits are intended for in-class use only and should not be sent home with students.
2. Who can borrow STEM Education Kits?
The Kits are designed primarily for educators, so Brantford Public Library (BPL) recommends that staff from schools and other organizations obtain and use an Institution Card for borrowing these materials. For information about BPL Institution Cards, visit the membership page. Individuals may also be eligible to borrow a Kit, if they are 18 years of age or older, have a BPL membership card in good standing, and have been active borrowers for at least 6 months.
3. What STEM learning technologies are available as a STEM Education Kit?
Ozobots are miniature smart robots that use optical sensors to follow lines, detect colours and understand colour codes. By combining sequences of colours students can give ozobots commands to change speed, direction and many more. Ozobots offer a hands on learning experience in robotics and programming in a fun and interactive way for all ages. For more information, visit the ozobot website.
- Snap Circuits
An exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with do-it-yourself projects that will give children an entertaining education on how electronics work. The snap circuit toy is used to make interesting circuits; encouraging educational play that teaches your child about electricity, devices and more. All of the parts snap together and have colored graphics that represent their real electronic names and symbols.
We have three different types of Snap Circuits STEM Kits. Each type/kit has six boxes:
- Snap Circuits Jr.
Contains 33 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Pieces include snap wires, slide switches, an alarm circuit, a music integrated circuit, and a speaker; all snap together easily on the included plastic grid.
Kit contains: 33 pieces (contains small parts), 101 do-it-yourself projects, recommended for ages 8+, includes instruction manual and parts list.
Batteries not included.
- Snap Circuits Light
Contains 55 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. The pieces include snap wires, a color changing LED, Glow-in-the-dark propeller, infrared receiver, strobe IC; all snap together easily on the included plastic grid.
Kit contains: 55 pieces (contains small parts), 175 do-it-yourself projects, recommended for ages 8+, includes instruction manual and parts list.
Batteries not included.
- Snap Circuits - Green Alternative Energy
Contains 47 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices, featuring projects designed specifically to illustrate different sources of electricity. The pieces include hand crank solar cell FM radio, energy compartment rechargeable battery, windmill cock analog meter; all snap together easily on the included plastic grid.
Kit contains: 47 pieces (contains small parts), 125 do-it-yourself projects, recommended for ages 8+, includes instruction manual, parts list and “Think Green” booklet.
Batteries not included.
4. How can I reserve a STEM Education Kit?
Consult the Availability Calendars first to see when your chosen kit is available:
When you have chosen your kit and the available dates, please fill out the booking form. STEM kits can be booked up to 6 months in advance.
5. Where can I pick up/return STEM Education Kits?
STEM Education Kits will be held behind the check-out desks at the Main Library. Be advised we require two days’ notice to prepare bookings.
Kits are returned to the check-out desks at the Main Library. Kits must not be put into the Book Drops.
6. How long may I keep a STEM Education Kit?
The loan period for a Stem Education Kit is 2 weeks. The return date will be set when you reserve your Kit and it must be returned by that date regardless of when you pick it up.
7. Can I renew a STEM Education Kit?
Kits cannot be renewed in order to ensure that the set is available for use by other organizations.
8. What is the late charge for STEM Education Kits?
Borrowers using an Institution Card will not be charged late fees. Individual borrowers will be charged $1.00 per day up to a maximum fee of $10.00 for late returns.
9. What is the cost for missing or damaged items?
Ozobot STEM Education Kit
- Ozobot Robot 2.0 - $90.00
- Markers - $1.00, per marker
- Micro USB - $10.00
Snap Circuit STEM Education Kit
- Snap Circuits Jr. - $45.00
- Snap Circuits Light - $90.00
- Snap Circuits - Green Alternative Energy - $75.00