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Grades 7 to 9
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Grades 10 to 12
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"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” - Frank Serafini
Reading is a fundamental skill essential for learning and future school success. Research shows that a child who has not achieved a modest reading level by the end of Grade 3 is unlikely to graduate from high school. (Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2010). Early warning! Why reading by the end of third grade matters.)
Reading for pleasure, either independently or as a family, is an easy way to boost a child's reading skills. Check out the resources below to find awesome, age-appropriate books.
Reading Programs for Kids
School: Reading Programs for Kids
Personal Picks Pack—for Kids!
Trying to help your school-aged child find awesome, age-appropriate books? We can help! Fill in our Kid Pack form and we'll select some items that match their interests. Choose from funny books, mysteries, true life stories, epic adventures, historical books, graphic novels and more! Available for pick up through our Library Takeout branches.
To help preschoolers (or even toddlers) get ready for their first year of school, we've put together some online classes that you can view from the comfort of home. Featuring fun, kid-friendly theme, these classes teach important skills for starting Kindergarten. Plus, they're lots of fun!
While the classes are online, they are designed for parent-children interaction.
Strong language and literacy skills are essential for success in school and building a strong foundation starts at birth. You are your child's first and best teacher and EPL is here to help. Check out these resources to help your child get ready for Kindergarten—all year long!
Kindergarten - Additional Resources
Support your child's learning at home with expert advice, free workshops, videos and more from EPL.
Parents: Additional Resources
Kitchen Table Classroom
Together with Calgary Public Library, the Kitchen Table Classroom is a new series for parents and caregivers of school-aged children designed to support learning at home. Sessions are held every two months and feature expert guest speakers from education, library services, child psychology and more.
Parenting in the Digital Age
Learn tips to help your child become a good digital citizen and keep your family safe online.
Original air date: October 2021
Back to School, COVID and What It All Means
Learn tips to support your child's return to school after a disrupted year from experts at the Werklund School of Education and ECSD.
Original air date: September 2021
Diverse and Inclusive Books
Learn how to find, read and engage your kids with books and resources that celebrate Alberta's rich and diverse Indigenous cultures and history.
Original air date: June 2021
Slide into Summer Learning
Learn how the Library is your partner in summer learning and get tips to keep your kids busy and entertained.
Original air date: May 2021
Learn what to expect during this important transition and get tips for school readiness from two experienced Kindergarten teachers.
Original air date: March 2021
Motivating Your Infrequent Readers
Learn about reading motivation, why and how it works, and get tips and book recommendations for school-aged children.
Original air date: January 2021
Whether you're in a school, daycare, day home, home school or after-school group, EPL has resources and services to support literacy and your educational needs.
School Library Card Program
Your students can get their EPL cards sent directly to your class. This project is in partnership with the Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord, Edmonton Catholic Schools and Edmonton Public Schools. For further information about this project, please email us.