WPL families are always welcome to explore, play, and learn together.

Join us for innovative, educational and fun programs all year round. At the library, families and kids of all ages can:

  • Participate in maker, technology or creative programs
  • Use an ipad or computer to improve digital literacy skills
  • Explore our early learning environments and activities
  • Discover new titles together

To discover what program is right for your baby, click here.

Holiday Guide - Dec 2018 - Jan 2019

We have 21 fun, free programs for all ages happening at all locations. View thePDF icon Holiday Program Guide online now or pick up a copy at your favourite WPL location.

Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 program & events guide is coming soon!

We have programs just for adults too.

Program Registration

To register for a program go to our online Program Calendar, find the program you're interested in and complete the short form. 

For more information on programs and registration, call 519-886-1310:

  • Main Library (Children’s Department)  ext. 129
  • McCormick Branch ext. 213
  • John M. Harper Branch ext. 310


WPL's new MakerBike hits the road this summer and could be coming to a neighbourhood, park or recreation centre near you!

The MakerBike, with its mobile tool trailer, will be making planned (and surprise, pop-up) appearances across the city.Waterluvians of all ages are encouraged to come out to a MakerBike stop this summer. They'll have a chance to create, play and build projects (using REAL tools) that reflect the unique characteristics of their neighbourhood.

For more information on WPL's MakerBike, contact Jaymis Goertz, Programmer, Emergent Technologies, at jgoertz@wpl.ca or 519-886-1310 ext. 165. 

Baby Connections @ WPL

WPL is a proud participant in Baby Connections, a unique early literacy program for infants and their parents/caregivers.

Click here to learn more about how Baby Connections works and to watch a short promotional video.

Explore Play Learn

EXPLORE PLAY LEARN is the Waterloo Public Library’s early learning strategy for children ages 0-6 years.

EXPLORE PLAY LEARN features the five practices of early learning: READ WRITE SING PLAY TALK

For more information on EXPLORE PLAY LEARN please click here.


Borrow a museum pass the same way you borrow material from the library. The pass offers regular admission for a family of up to two adults and dependent children for all Region of Waterloo Museums including Waterloo Region Museum/Doon Heritage Village and Joseph Schneider Haus. This pass is not required for McDougall Cottage as it is free to visit. 

Passes are not valid for ticketed events, workshops or school programs.

Passes can be borrowed for one week. 

Passes are not eligible for renewals.

Holds are allowed on Museum Passes.

Overdue fines and fees do apply on Museum Passes that are returned late or not returned at all.

Avid Readers – KIDS

Summer Reading Club

Did you know that over 2,000 kids take part in our Summer Reading Club (SRC) each year? If you are looking for a summer full of adventure, activities, prizes and library fun, make sure you sign up too!