Children & Families

Looking for a fun, free, family destination in your neighbourhood?

London Public Library has 16 locations around the city with places to play and books your family will love. Get to know other families, enjoy toys and activities and attend free programs and events all year round!

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Get a Library Card!

You're never too young to have your very own library card!  Ask at the front desk of any library location to sign your child up for their first library card.  Remember, London Public Library no longer charges late fines and we've made it so much easier to renew items and keep track of what your family has borrowed.

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Drop In To A Storytime

Drop in and have fun at a Storytime near you. Meet and play with other families and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and time to play. Storytimes are relaxed and active and every child is welcome!

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Make New Friends & Play!

With 16 locations across the City, there's a Library near you! All our locations have children's areas where you can drop in to play and spend time together and with other families. Your neighbourhood Library is your community connection!

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The Best Books!


London Public Library gets thousands of new books a year! From board books, to early readers, to picture books, chapter books, and nonfiction, we have great books for every stage of your child’s growth and development. It’s never to early to start introducing books to your child. And, remember, there are no overdue fines at the Library - we understand that life gets pretty busy.



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Early Learning Starts Here!


Our librarians know that parents are a child’s first and best teacher. We're here to support you at every stage in your parenting journey with great programs, reading recommendations and support for early literacy. Drop by your neighbourhood branch and say hello!

Get your Free Baby's Book Bag Today!


If you are a new or expectant parent in London, you can pick up a free literacy bag that has practical, hands-on tools, board books, and information to use as soon as your baby is born.


The Baby’s Book Bag program is made possible through London’s Child and Youth Network Literacy Team and the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London.


Pick up your free Baby’s Book Bag at any London Public Library branch, or EarlyON Family Centre!



1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Help encourage your child’s love of reading by joining the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!



READ Program


Does your child in grades 1-7 struggle with reading?


Our school year and summer READ programs offer weekly one-on-one help at specific Library locations online or in person, in French or English.


Interested parents who are new to the program are required to attend one of our Parent Information Sessions to find out more about the program and registration details.


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Ask Us What To Read


Sometimes all it takes is one great book. Our library staff would love to help you find the book that makes your child love reading! Give us some examples of books that your child has enjoyed and we will recommend other books that you child might love.



Forest of Reading


The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program with over 270,000 participants every year. It's goal: to develop a lifelong love of reading. It has programs for children and youth from Kindergarten to Gr. 12, and it connects them with stellar Canadian literature. It also gives them the opportunity to vote for their favourite book. The Forest of Reading offers reading programs in English and French.




A Book for Every Child


A Book For Every Child is a London Public Library fundraising campaign held during November and December. More than 7,000 books are distributed each year to children who would not otherwise own a book through over 40 London area social agencies and schools with low literacy rates. A Book For Every Child promotes awareness of the importance of books in a child's life, supports family literacy and has a direct and lasting impact on children. We need your help to fulfill the increasing need in our community.



Looking for things to do with your family? Search for programs and events on our What's On page.