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Storytime

Stories, songs, rhymes, and early literacy activities that you can enjoy at home. New videos will be added regularly.

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Fun Activities

Ideas and tips for parents and guardians with little ones. Learn something new to entertain, educate, and excite your little ones at home. New activities are added weekly!

Baby Activities and Songs:

PDF Colour Games (118 KB)

PDF Meal Time Ideas (113 KB)

PDF Toy Activities (125 KB)

Toddler & Preschool STEAM Activities:

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler and/or preschooler. The goal is to read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your little one starts kindergarten.

Downloads &  Digital

Explore the wide variety of digital resources available to you. Access eBooks and eAudiobooks, films and television, magazines and newspapers, music, newsletters, mobile apps, and more.

Articles &  Research

We subscribe to a number of high-quality electronic databases providing a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects. Explore categories such as the arts, business, French, medicine, history, learning, news, science, and more.

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African Stories by Moonlight

African Stories by Moonlight

Ugonma Ekeanyanwu, a voiceover artist and veteran broadcaster, shares three stories from her father’s book, African Stories by Moonlight. The tradition and passion for rich storytelling was passed down to Ugonma by her mother, which she now continues with her own family and the community.

The Wise Tortoise

The Stepmother

Emeka and his Kongo

Family Play Day 2021

Virtual Family Play Day
Monday February 15

This Family Day gather your household for VPL's first Virtual Family Play Day! Below are a variety of activities to enjoy. Also check out our YouTube channel on Monday for Family Day videos. Fun for the whole family!

Activities

PDF Building with Paper (96 KB)

PDF Camping Activities (105 KB)

PDF Floor Activities (102 KB)

PDF Pen and Paper (109 KB)

PDF Pokémon Activities (99 KB)

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STEAM Videos

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics concepts through guided, hands-on activities you can enjoy at home. New videos will be added regularly.

Fun Activities
I Read Canadian

February 17th is I Read Canadian Day! On this day we celebrate the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature. Your challenge today is to read (or be read to) Canadian books for at least fifteen minutes. Follow the links below to watch some special friends read great Canadian books to you!


Rose Savage with Where Are My Books?

Maurizio Bevilacqua with What Are You Doing, Benny?

Tony Carella with Find Fergus

Linda Jackson with How to Give Your Cat a Bath

Stephen Lecce with In The Tree House

Rosanna DeFrancesca with Snow Song

Marilyn Iafrate with Perfect Pigeons

Alan Shefman with The Night Gardener

Mario Ferri with A World of Kindness

Sandra Yeung Racco with Wild One

Michael Tibollo with Giraffe Meets Bird

Kids Book Club

Join us each week for fun activities as well as scheduled book chats about your favourite reads on Zoom! Right now we're also reading New Kid by Jerry Craft. Check out the activities and videos below!

PDF Week 1 - Discussion Questions (129 KB)

PDF Week 1 - Trivia Questions (158 KB)

PDF Week 1 - Graphic Novel Scenes (161 KB)

PDF Week 1 - Kindness Bingo (208 KB)

PDF Week 2 - Discussion Questions (130 KB)

PDF Week 2 - Trivia Questions (156 KB)

PDF Week 2 - Back to School Crossword (188 KB)

PDF Week 2 - Do You Know Illustrators (378 KB)

PDF Week 3 - Discussion Questions (130 KB)

PDF Week 3 - Trivia Questions (159 KB)

PDF Week 3 - Create Atmosphere (164 KB)

PDF Week 3 - Languages of the World (280 KB)

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Downloads &  Digital

Explore the wide variety of digital resources available to you. Access eBooks and eAudiobooks, films and television, magazines and newspapers, music, newsletters, mobile apps, and more.

Articles &  Research

We subscribe to a number of high-quality electronic databases providing a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects. Explore categories such as the arts, business, French, medicine, history, learning, news, science, and more.

VPL Library Card

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Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re interested in volunteering and helping out during these difficult times, check out some of these volunteer opportunities. Some of the organizations are asking for support specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic, so please note that some positions allow you to work from home, while others may need in-person support.


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Downloads &  Digital

Explore the wide variety of digital resources available to you. Access eBooks and eAudiobooks, films and television, magazines and newspapers, music, newsletters, mobile apps, and more.

Articles &  Research

We subscribe to a number of high-quality electronic databases providing a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects. Explore categories such as the arts, business, French, medicine, history, learning, news, science, and more.

VPL Library Card

Apply for a temporary digital library card

If you don't already have a library card you can now apply online for a temporary library card. The library card number that you will receive by email will allow you to borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and access digital resources.


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Digital Literacy

Helpful tech tips and recommendations for useful mobile apps, perfect for those who are looking to broaden their technological horizons.

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Vaughan Reads

Looking for a new read but need a recommendation? Join Vince and friends as they discuss hot reads across a wide variety of genres. You will likely discover your next best read right here with Vaughan Reads.


Vaughan Reads - YouTube Playlist

Tech Tips Downloads

Below are a collection of useful Tech Tips to guide you through some of our digital resources.

Downloads &  Digital

Explore the wide variety of digital resources available to you. Access eBooks and eAudiobooks, films and television, magazines and newspapers, music, newsletters, mobile apps, and more.

Articles &  Research

We subscribe to a number of high-quality electronic databases providing a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects. Explore categories such as the arts, business, French, medicine, history, learning, news, science, and more.

VPL Library Card

Apply for a temporary digital library card

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Your monthly guide to virtual programs and special events.


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Ask Us

Do you need help navigating the site, or are you looking for a recommendation? We’re here to help! Our team of librarians is on hand to quickly deal with your queries, whether you are looking for something to educate, entertain or inspire you.


Avez-vous besoin d’aide pour naviguer notre site Web, ou peut-être cherchez-vous des recommandations de lecture? Nous sommes là pour vous aider. Notre équipe est prête à vous répondre, que vous cherchiez quelque chose pour vous éduquer, vous divertir ou vous inspirer.


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Storytime

Stories, songs, rhymes, and early literacy activities that you can enjoy at home. New videos will be added regularly.


Des histoires, chansons, comptines et des activités pour encourager la littératie, que vous pouvez apprécier de chez vous. Des nouvelles vidéos seront ajoutées régulièrement.

Downloads &  Digital

Explore the wide variety of digital resources available to you. Access eBooks and eAudiobooks, films and television, magazines and newspapers, music, newsletters, mobile apps, and more.

Articles &  Research

We subscribe to a number of high-quality electronic databases providing a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects. Explore categories such as the arts, business, French, medicine, history, learning, news, science, and more.

VPL Library Card

Apply for a temporary digital library card | Faites une demande de carte de bibliothèque numérique temporaire

If you don't already have a library card you can now apply online for a temporary library card. The library card number that you will receive by email will allow you to borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and access digital resources.

Si vous n’avez pas encore une carte de bibliothèque vous pouvez maintenant faire une demande en ligne pour une carte temporaire. Le numéro de carte de bibliothèque que vous allez recevoir par courriel va vous permettre d’emprunter des livres numériques, livres numériques audio et aussi d’avoir accès à d’autres ressources en ligne.


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Activate!Vaughan Smart City Challenge

The Activate!Vaughan Smart City Challenge is calling on startups and scale-ups to propose innovative solutions that leverage smart city technology to enhance quality of life in Vaughan. With a total of $25,000 in grant funding available, Activate!Vaughan provides mentorship, validation and co-development opportunities with the City of Vaughan and other corporate partners to support the commercialization of new smart city solutions.


For full details and application, please visit here.
Applications close Friday, March 5th, 2021.


Vaughan Business

Visit the brand-new City of Vaughan Business website and learn why Vaughan is a dream place for business, where entrepreneurship, business, tourism, art and culture can prosper and grow.


Digital Boost: Vaughan Small Business Resiliency Program

Are you a local small business owner with a brick-and-mortar location? Digital Boost supports local small business owners in finding new opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.


Vaughan Business Action Plan

The City has launched the Vaughan Business Action Plan, which includes a series of measures to safeguard the local economy and protect businesses, consumers and all citizens.


York Region Business Directory

A new and improved York Region Business Directory that includes an interactive map.


BDC Free webinars for businesses and entrepreneurs

A selection of free webinars packed with real life examples, these webinars will help you make better business decisions and achieve your business goals.


COVID-19: Business Resources

To assist businesses dealing with COVID-19, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce (VCC) created a resource page which contains all the information on business supports announced by the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of Government.


COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce team, in collaboration with Hicks Morley, have put together a toolkit to help support businesses be prepared for any human-resources or operational-related disruptions.


The Government of Canada's Initiatives for Canadian Businesses

The Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them, their employees and their families. Four key considerations for businesses include 1. Support for employees 2. Support for businesses 3. Business travel and events 4. Business in international markets.


Small Business Help Centre by CFIB

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) set up the Small Business Help Centre to provide expert advice to guide businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Digital Resources

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Brainfuse JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow provides access to live resume experts, interview coaches and job coaches as well as resume templates, interview tips, skills surfer and more resources for job seekers.


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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (previously called Lynda.com) gives users free access to thousands of video tutorial courses with a focus on such areas as technology, software development, business skills, project management as well as creative skills like animation and video editing. The courses are taught by recognized industry experts who will guide you along in learning the skills you need for your personal and professional development. Currently the LinkedIn Learning mobile app is not available to libraries. We are anticipating it to be ready in summer 2021. How to use LinkedIn Learning


More Business & Careers Resources

Vaughan Public Libraries subscribe to a number of high-quality electronic databases providing a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects!


Lifelong Learning

Looking to learn something new or pick up a new hobby. Check out the resources we have available.


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Vaughan Public Libraries Service Info

UPDATE:

From December 14, We Are Your Lockdown Library.

Ontario enters a province-wide lockdown on December 26th, and while a lockdown has been in effect in York Region since December 14, we are required to alter our services due to the new restrictions that will be imposed. Here is what you need to know about how services will change on Boxing Day:


  • All libraries remain closed to the public, but we do have an extensive curbside pickup program in place. You can place a hold as usual and seamlessly arrange pickup at a library of your choice. For more information on this service, visit here.
  • Curbside pickup will be offered immediately within the entrance of Bathurst Clark Resource Library, Civic Centre Resource Library, and Pierre Berton Resource Library. These branches will operate this service daily during standard opening hours.
  • For all other branches, curbside pickup will occur inside the main entrance to the branch or community centre and signage will direct you upon arrival. These branches have reduced operating hours and you can find what these are by visiting here.


We continue to accept returns through our exterior bookdrops, and all due dates, hold requests and overdue notices will continue as normal. All returned items are quarantined before being added back to the collection.

If you have any questions about library services, need help finding materials or are looking for a recommendation, we can help! Visit here or call 905-653-7323 during operating hours.

Please stay safe, and we thank you for your perseverance.

PDF VPL Service Update during the province-wide lockdown (54 KB)



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Government and Health Resources

 

The Canadian Public Health page for COVID-19

The Canadian page will contain the federal response to COVID-19, including information about federal cases of this virus, federal borders and travel, and financial stimulus packages. This will also have a breakdown of how many cases Canada has confirmed so far, and a date and time that the page was last updated.

 

Ontario Ministry of Health – 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The Government of Ontario 2019 Novel Coronavirus page includes links on how to access Telehealth Ontario, Tips on Self-Assessment, self-isolation, closures, and case information relating to the Province of Ontario.

 

York Region Public Health COVID-19

York Region Public Health’s Covid-19 page provides the latest updates related to COVID-19 in York Region, including cases in the region and contact information for York Region Public Health.

 

City of Vaughan COVID-19

This page includes information about City of Vaughan services that are running or are suspended during this time.


Business and Employment Resources

 

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan contains a list of benefits for individuals, including information on applying for Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, as well as support for small businesses.

 

Government of Ontario Newsroom

For a list of press briefings put out by the Ontario Government, including financial responses to COVID-19 and other notable government actions, visit the Ontario Newsroom page.

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce team, in collaboration with Hicks Morley, have put together a toolkit to help support businesses be prepared for any human-resources or operational-related disruptions.

 

COVID-19: Business Resources

To assist businesses dealing with COVID-19, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce (VCC) created a resource page which contains all the information on business supports announced by the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of Government. For details, please click the link below.


Other Resources

 

WHO (World Health Organization) page for COVID-19

This page includes situation reports regarding the global impact of COVID-19, including the WHO COVID-19 Myth Busters page that debunk commonly spread myths regarding COVID-19, including misinformation about how COVID-19 can and cannot be spread.

 

Microsoft BING Covid-19 Tracker Map

An interactive map that includes the number of confirmed Active, Fatal, and Recovered cases of COVID-19 worldwide.


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