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Children at GSPL

At GSPL, we develop and support programs, services and collections to support children from birth through 8 years of age.

We ask that you accompany your children to the Library and remain with them while they are here.

The Ontario Library Association's Position on Children's Rights in the Library

Children in public libraries have the right to:

  1. Intellectual freedom.
  2. Equal access to the full range of services and materials available to other users.
  3. A full range of materials, services and programs specifically designed and developed to meet their needs.
  4. Adequate funding for collections and services related to population, use and local community needs.
  5. A library environment that complements their physical and developmental stages.
  6. Trained and knowledgeable staff specializing in children's services.
  7. Welcoming, respectful, supportive service from birth through the transition to adult user.
  8. An advocate who will speak on their behalf to the library administration, library board, municipal council and community to make people aware of the goals of children's services.
  9. Library policies written to include the needs of the child.

Children's Programs, Events and Collections

We pride ourselves on the many and varied programs and services we offer our younger library users, from Family Storytime to the Battle of the Books to The Forest of Reading®.

We offer many collections and resources intended for children for recreational reading pleasure and to support their school work. Among these resources, you will find:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Audiobooks
  • Graphic novels
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Online Research Tools

If you need help finding these items in any of our locations, please ask our friendly Library staff to assist you.

Early Literacy Stations

The Greater Sudbury Public Library's Early Literacy Stations are designed to teach children 2-8 years old simple math, vocabulary and science based on the school curriculum. With over 40 program titles pre-loaded on the computers, children will learn in an interactive, colorful, and fun digital environment. Games and short videos from some popular television shows are sure to keep the kids entertained while learning.

Web Safety

As a parent, it is your responsibility to know what your child is doing online.

While we do offer dedicated computers for children's use with filtering software, this is no guarantee that your child will not encounter unwelcome information or individuals online or put themselves at risk.

Here are a few sites that offer tips on how to monitor and limit what your child can do online:

Topics include: Internet safety laws, online protection tools, getting involved in kids' online activities, basic rules, chat room caution and warning signs.

Practical tips for helping parents manage media in the home.