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Kids Take Over the Library Contest

In celebration of Unicef World Children's Day

Have you ever dreamed of being a librarian? Have you ever wondered what a librarian does all day? If you could redesign the library, what would you do to make it special?

Enter a drawing, video, or essay telling us what a kid-run library would look like and win a day at the library! On Friday, November 16th, one grand prize winner will spend the day at the library, go behind the scenes, and visit with our CEO, Mary Chevreau. Along with the winner, the runners-up will be invited to a pizza party and movie in the afternoon.

The contest is open to children in grades 4 - 8.

How to Enter the Contest

Submit your ideas in person at any Kitchener Public Library location, or by email to, by Tuesday, November 13th. 

The grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 14th. Good luck!


Upcoming Programs for Children


Early Years Programs

We offer a selection of programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, ages 0 – 5 years. Babytime, One is Fun, Tales for Twos, and more are offered in 8 week sessions four times a year. Our "Little" programs offer young children the opportunity to learn through exploration and hands on activities. Each "Little" program focuses on one learning theme, including art, engineering, math, science, and music.

Upcoming programs are included in both the Calendar of Events and In Touch magazine.



In partnership with the City of Kitchener, we are able to offer community-based literacy initiatives to help support families across the city.

ImagineIt Community Collections

The ImagineIt Community Collections provide families across the city of Kitchener with easy access to books for children aged 0 – 6. These collections are housed in community centres and by local organizations working with families. We have collected high-quality picture books and easy-readers to help promote the development of early literacy skills.

Check out the ImagineIt Community Collection at the following sites: 

  • Bridgeport Community Centre (coming soon!)
  • Centreville Chicopee Community Centre
  • Country Hills Community Centre
  • Kingsdale Community Centre
  • Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre
  • Mill Courtland Community Centre
  • Stanley Park Community Centre
  • Victoria Hills Community Centre 

ImagineIt Island at Kidspark

Kidspark is Kitchener’s signature event for children each summer. With the addition of ImagineIt Island, children and families have the opportunity to connect with literacy organizations, and build important early literacy skills while having fun. They are also invited to relax in the gazebo as a lineup of local storytellers share their tales. ImagineIt Island is where imaginations thrive.