Teachers, take part in our virtual programs and activities right from your classroom.

Book Your Virtual Classroom Visit

  • Waterloo Kids Read program – our popular Grade 4 program has gone virtual! This program requires two "visits". Visit #1 - introduction to the resources at WPL plus learn how to choose great books for fun.  Visit #2 – a lively book talk followed by a class vote to determine what book will be gifted to the class
  • Book Talks – discover what’s new at the Library; for students in Grades 3 to 8
  • Introduction to Library Resources – learn how to use the catalogue, explore our e-resources and discover new collections
  • Fall Reading Challenges – learn about our new Fall Reading Challenges and play a fun “test your book knowledge” trivia game

To book a virtual visit, or if you have questions, please contact: Sheila Kretz-Greco, Early Learning and School Liaison at skretzgreco@wpl.ca 

Personalized Reading Services at Your Library

We have two exciting new services available for families and educators: WPL Kids Express Personalized Book Bundles and Book It! Your Virtual Librarian. With these virtual services, WPL is bringing the library to you. Click here to learn more. 

Field Trips for Kids

Take a field trip with WPL! You and your class can explore the world virtually through these fun and educational activities. New field trips are added each week. Click here and start exploring.

Reading Challenges for Kids & Teens

For the Love of Stories
Grades K to 4
October 5 to December 19
Register at waterloo.readsquared.com

We all love a good book - let's keep the reading going all fall! You'll find new reading challenges every 2 weeks to help you discover new books, explore new ways of writing or try your hand at illustration. Activities are fun to do on your own or as a class adventure!

Page Turners
Grades 5 to 8
October 5 to December 19
Register at waterloo.readsquared.com

Autumn is here and the reading fun continues. New missions are posted every 2 weeks, including writing challenges, book 'bingo', fun videos and projects. These activities are suitable for kids on their own or in their classroom working together.

Play Anytime

Try our Play Anytime activities which you can, well, play anytime! Get active, try a virtual escape room or test yourself with trivia. What about scavenger hunts, geocashes or learning how to make something? New activities added monthly. Click here to learn more about our Play Anytime programs. 

The Button Project

In this world where wearing a mask has become the norm, we are missing seeing smiles and faces. To help teachers, school staff, daycare and care home staff share their smiles with the people they teach and work with daily, we've launched The Button Project. Taking part is easy and it's free!*

1. Teachers, school staff, daycare and care home staff can email their photos to buttons@wpl.ca

2. If multiple photos are being sent, please include them together in a ZIP file or via a link to an open folder in a Google Drive

3. Photos should be cropped as a headshot (shoulders up!) and be saved as JPGs or PNGs

4. Pleae include "Photo Buttons" in your email subject line

5. In your email, please include the contact information for the person picking up the buttons and the WPL location at which they would like to pick-up

6. WPL staff will produce one (1) button for each photo sent (multiple photos from an organization can and should be sent in one email)

7. We will contact you when the button(s) is/are ready for pickup

If you have further questions about The Button Project, phone 519-886-1310 ext. 124 or email askus@wpl.ca

*Please note that due to demands, we can only accomodate requests from within the Region of Waterloo.

In the Loop

We have lots of fun programs planned for all ages to take part in at home, virtually and via livestream. Discover what is happening at your library with In the Loop, WPL's monthly program and events guide. Click here to view the December 2020 edition.