Welcome Baby

We understand the demands and pressures of being a parent. That’s why we want to support you and make the library a fun and safe space for you to bring your little one. Visit any EPL branch to enjoy our spaces, attend our fun-filled classes and events, access expert information and find millions of items to borrow.

Early Literacy

Language and literacy are essential for your child’s happy and healthy development. Find out how daily interactions help set up your child for a lifetime of learning.

Visiting the Library with a Baby

One of the easiest places to visit when you have a brand-new baby is the library. It’s a great place to spend time, connect with the community, and get advice.

Not to mention, it’s completely FREE.

Here are just a few things you can do at any of our locations across Edmonton:

  • Find comfortable seating or hang out – in the children’s section, in the program room (before, during or after a class) or anywhere, really!
  • Browse our collection of books, movies, music and digital content
  • Breastfeed (ask staff about a private space to nurse or pump) and change your baby
  • Attend one of our drop-in classes – our motto is “go with the flow” so don’t worry if you need to leave early or if your baby falls asleep, cries or needs a feed or a diaper change
  • Drink a coffee and connect with other parents
  • Get book recommendations from staff and advice about reading with your baby
  • Relax knowing you’re in a safe and welcoming space

We love seeing babies at the library (even if they’re crying!) so stop by and say hello!

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EPL- A Breastfeeding-Friendly Place

Help EPL celebrate by supporting all the nursing mothers who visit the library.

Events

Our fun-filled, drop-in early literacy classes run at every EPL location and help parents prepare babies for a lifetime of learning. Bring your little one to Baby Laptime, Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn or any one of our many children's classes. It’s all free.

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Baby Laptime

Enjoy stories, songs, books, rhymes, finger plays and more. Cuddle with your baby and connect with other caregivers. Ages up to 12 months.

Early Literacy: Getting Started

How can I help my baby?

You have the most important job in the world and simply by spending time with your child, you are already doing it well. Starting from when your child is a baby, follow her interests and cues to create fun-filled, language-rich environments.

Here are some easy tips to get started:

READ

  • Snuggle in close while reading. This safe and loving connection supports your baby’s ability to learn new things.
  • Read daily. Pick a time they’re in the mood for a cuddle and book.
  • Read for any duration. Short, positive interactions are more important than long ones.
  • Read favourite books over and over and over. Repetition deepens understanding.
  • Read in silly, exaggerated voices when speaking as different characters or narrating.
  • Read books with interaction like kisses and cuddles.
  • Share books that have flaps, mirrors or textures and let your baby touch the book while reading.
TALK
PLAY
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WRITE

How can EPL can help my baby?

Welcome Baby Package

EPL’s Welcome Baby program provides powerful early literacy resources for your baby’s happy and healthy early development. Visit any Public Health Centre in Edmonton for your baby’s two-month immunization and receive a free Welcome Baby package, which includes:

  • A board book
  • A music CD
  • A tote bag
  • Early literacy information and booklists
Welcome Baby Kit

Free Library Card

Get your baby a FREE library card at any EPL location. If your child is 36 months of age of younger, you'll also receive a second board book (also available in French) and an illustrated Welcome Baby Songs and Rhymes booklet available in five world languages. Download the electronic versions here: Chinese, French, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

With your library card, you can take advantage of the many resources that can help your baby including books, music, audiobooks, movies, online interactive books and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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