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Book Buddies

Struggling readers, Grades 2 to 6, will be paired with a university student volunteer from the Laurier Students for Literacy Club.

A regular weekly meeting time will be assigned for this one-on-one session. Parents may register more than one of their children to be paired with a buddy.

Winter session of this program runs from January 27 to April 2, except during program breaks from  February 17 to 21  for University Reading Week and March 16 to 22 for March Break.

E-mail LSFLclub@gmail.com for more information. Registration required. Note: There will be a registration limit of 10 children per day to allow for equal opportunity to sign up. A wait list will be available once all spots have been filled.

Winter Registration Dates:

Saturday, January 4 / 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. / Main Branch

Saturday, January 11 / 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. / Main Branch

Homework Help Centre Drop-In (Grades 1 to 8)

Elementary school students, Grades 1 to 8, can drop-in for homework help with a university student volunteer from the Laurier Students for Literacy Club. Please e-mail LSFLclub@gmail.com for more information.

Runs from September 30 to November 28, except when closed October 14 to 18 for University Reading Week.

Winter session runs from January 27 to April 2, except during program breaks from February 17 to 21 for University Reading Week and March 16 to 20 for March Break.

Rendez-Vous For Learning (Grades 1 to 3)

*Registration Required. 

Improve your child’s French reading skills by pairing them with a French Immersion High School student. For Grades 1 to 3. In partnership with the Canadian Parents for French - Brantford Chapter.

To register or for more info: E-mail cpfbrantford@gmail.com 

Sundays / October 20 & 27, November 3, 10, 17 & 24, December 1 & 8 / 1:30 p.m.

Sundays / February 23, March 1, 8 & 29, April 5 & 19 / 1:30 p.m. 

Main Branch

Borrow a Kit

Get creative and take your learning to a whole new level with our Maker Kits. Explore circuits, coding, robots, sewing and more. 


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!

Read On Summer Tutoring Program

What is the Read On program?

Read On is a tutoring program that helps children improve their reading, math and French skills. Each child is paired with a Read On Literacy Tutor and receives 45 minutes of tutoring daily over the course of a two-week session.

We run multiple sessions throughout the summer. Our tutors are university students who have a special interest in literacy. This program is offered at both the Main Library and St. Paul Avenue Branch.

The Read On program celebrates over 30 years of helping children in Brantford practice and build on their reading, math and language skills!

Is my child eligible?

Children entering grades 2 to 6 in September 2019 are eligible for this program.

All tutors have had considerable experience in working directly with children and receive intensive training before the program begins. Please note, however, this program is not designed (nor are the tutors qualified) to teach children who have been classified with special needs.

How do I register my child?

Registration for 2019 has ended, watch for it to return in Summer of 2020. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us at 519-756-2220.

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.

Book this Workshop


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.

Book this Workshop

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 lvirag@brantford.library.on.ca. For library visits to your classroom please contact vbaxandale@brantford.library.on.ca.



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 vbaxandale@brantford.library.on.ca.

Curriculum Kits

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.