During the COVID-19 Pandemic, here are some resources to make the most of your time at home.
Please note: Not all resources will be appropriate for all audiences, we recommend viewing the video before sharing it with your child.
KTPL Programming from Home
Watch or listen to our new online Library Programs from home! New Content will be added regularly.
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Les activités imprimables:
Pourquoi j'aime le Canada - https://libraryaware.com/208VD2
Que voit mon petit œil: les drapeaux canadiens -
Episode 4 - Titles discussed include Hellboy and Swamp Thing.
Episode 3 - Titles discussed include Gravity Falls and Locke and Key.
Episode 2 - Titles discussed include Star Wars and Saga.
Episode 1 - Titles discussed include Astro City and Watchmen.
King Township Public Library's Virtual Book Club
The King Township Public Library's Virtual Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 2 PM. To join please send an email to email@example.com and put Book Club in the subject line. Below is the up to date list of titles for each month.
April - The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
March - Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
February - Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
January - Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs
November - Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes
October - Summers at Blue Lake by Jill Althouse-Wood
September - Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons
July - The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
June – Call the Nurse by Mary J. MacLeod
All virtual book club titles are available on our Hoopla service
This list houses some of our favourite clips we found online, something to hopefully bring a smile to your face. We will be updating this list regularly so check back often for new content. The age categories are guidelines only and if you are unsure of the suitability for your child, we recommend reviewing the video in advance, as each child and each family has different expectations.
Click on the title of the video to access it!
At-Home Projects Gone Wrong in ‘D-I-YYY?’ - The Ellen Show
Average Andy Makes Up a Dance for TWitch - The Ellen Show
Barenaked Ladies - Odd Are (SelfieCamJam) - Barenaked Ladies (Official)
Baking and Online Shopping Gone Wrong in These Quarantine Fails - The Ellen Show
Chicano Batman Performs “Color My Life” - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Chris Hemsworth on Quarantine in Australia, Homeschooling Kids & Thor Props - Jimmy Kimmel Show
Chris O’Dowd’s Dog Sings “ The Office Theme Song - Team Coco
Dogs Are Struggling with Social Distancing, Just Like Us - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Elizabeth Banks Talks Panic Buying & Takes Homeschool Quiz - Jimmy Kimmel Live
Gophers and Kangaroos, and Squirrels Looking Inside, Oh My! - The Ellen Show
Graduation 2020: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 6 - Some Good News
HAIM Perform “I Know Alone” - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jimmy & His Kids Play “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” #2 - Jimmy Kimmel Live
LIVE Berkner Break | Bumblebee, Piggyback Ride, Catch You, Bicycle - The Laurie Berkner Band
Mandy Moore on Performing at Home & Finding Old Memorabilia - Jimmy Kimmel Live
Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade are Pointing Fingers - The Ellen Show
Ina Garten Makes Her Signature Quarantine Cocktail - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Introducing: Paper Sports - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jimmy Kimmel & Dave Grohl Surprise NY Nurse - Jimmy Kimmel Live
John Mulaney Reads The Internet’s Community Calendar - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
“Last Night on Conan O’Brien” Supercut - Team Coco
Maya Rudolph Has a Quarantine Wardrobe Malfunction - Late Night with Seth Meyers
Thandie Newton Makes Great Banana Bread, But Watch This Interview Before You Eat It - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
If you find a story that you think we should add, especially if it is local, please let us know via social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This list houses some of our favourite stories being read online. We will be updating this list regularly so check back often for new content.
The age categories are guidelines only and if you are unsure of the suitability for your child, we recommend reviewing the video in advance, as each child and each family are different in their storytime expectations.
Click on the title of the book to go to the reading of the book!
Stories for Ages 0-3
- Dinosnores by Sandra Boynton and read by Darcy Boynton
- Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss and read by Wes Tank
- The Peace Book by Todd Parr
- Baby by Jimmy Fallon
- The Don’t Worry Book by Todd Parr
- Egg by Kevin Henkes
- Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker on Tumblebooks*
- Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
- Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean
- Plant a Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
- Red is Best by Kathy Stinson on Tumblebooks*
- Ten Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar
Stories for Ages 3-6
- 5-Minute Princess Stories: Belle’s Flight by Disney Books and read by Brenda Song
- Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom
- Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and read by Jennifer Garner
- Clark the Shark: Lost and Found by Bruce Hale
- The Empty Pot by Demi and read by Rami Malek
- Lotus & Feather by Ji-li Jiang and read by Michelle Yeoh
- The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
- A Perfect Day by Carin Berger
- Pinkalicious: Fishtastic by Victoria Kann
- The Sea Knows by Alice McGinty and Alan B. Havis
- There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long and read by Dolly Parton
Stories for Ages 6+
- Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell and read by Dr. Jane Goodall
- When I Coloured in the World by Ahmadreza Ahmadi and read by Abigail
- The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman
- Counting Birds by Heidi Stemple
- Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris
- You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
Click on the title of the resource to access it!
Guides to Start Writing
- What is a story setting? Mastering Writing time and place
- What is a plot? Definition, examples of literary plot
- The basic elements of setting in a story
- Literary terms: Plot
- Starting out: A writers guide for beginners
- Huffington Post - A writer’s guide to being a writer: Part 1
- The Write Practice: Ten secrets to write better stories
- Writer’s Digest - Novel Writing: 7 Simple Ways to Make a Good Story Great
- Stephen King: writing is hypnosis
- Mia Nacamulli: Why you should read Kurt Vonnegut
- John Dufresne: How to write a story
- Nalo Hopkinson: How to write descriptively
- Every story is the same
- Writing strong characters: the important distinction between want and need
- 500 writing prompts to help beat your writer’s block
- Plot generator
- Reddit: writing prompts
- The Write Practice: 10 Best Creative Writing Prompts
- Memoir Writing Guide (accessible through Hoopla with your library card)
- Writing Fiction: A User-Friendly Guide (accessible through Hoopla with your library card)
- Writing Fiction for Dummies (accessible through Overdrive with your library card)
- Creative Writing Workshop (accessible through Hoopla with your library card)
- Future Ready Creative Writing Projects (accessible through Hoopla with your library card)
- Writing Creative Writing (accessible through Hoopla with your library card)
- Creative Writing: The Quick Matrix (accessible through Hoopla with your library card)
- Short Story Writing: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Short Story (accessible through Overdrive with your library card)
Click on the title of the activity to go to the website!
Crafts & Activities for Ages 0-3
- Cheerio Caterpillar
- Dinosaur Handprint Card
- Fine Motor Skills Man
- Magic Pepper and Soap Experiment
- Paw Patrol Colouring Page
- Cloud Dough
- Coffee Filter Butterflies
- Disney Colouring Pages (Colour Online or Print)
- Monster Bookmarks
- Unicorn Hand Craft
Crafts & Activities for Ages 6+
- Jump Rope Games
- I Spy: Fairy Tales
- Coin Stack Challenge
- Kung Fu Panda Colouring Page
- Spring Word Search
- I Spy: Harry Potter Edition
- Minecraft Selfie Art
- Ninja Stress Balls
- Painted Treasure Rocks
- Plastic Water Bottle Planters
Crafts & Activities for Adults
- 17 Easy Recipes to Cook During Quarantine
- Mandala Colouring Pages
- Yoga for Vulnerability
- Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny
- Canada Together
- Adult Colouring Page
- Easy Recipes to Make During Coronavirus
- Gentle Yoga
- Highgrove Garden Tour
- The North American Guide to Birding
Miss learning something new from browsing the Non-Fiction section? We're here to help! Pick from 5 weekly documentaries selected from the internet, ranging from different topics between 5-30 minutes to suit your busy day. Email us at email@example.com for subjects you would like to see.
How Fan Films Shaped The Lego Movie (2017 - 8 min.)
Enthusiasts have been making home movies with their Lego sets since the early 1970s, calling them Brickfilms. Find out how the Lego Movie animators learned from these movies to make The Lego Movie.
The Rise and Fall of Victoria’s Secret (2019 - 11 min.)
Victoria’s Secret revolutionized the retail of women’s undergarments. 30 years later, the brand is falling behind the times as consumer priorities shift and younger brands adapt.
Napster Documentary: Culture of Free (2014 - 12 min.)
A major cultural shift came underway in 1999, as a file sharing program created in a Boston dorm room impacted the music industry.
The Dark Reality of NFL Cheerleading (2018 - 12 min.)
Former cheerleaders share their stories of verbal abuse, discrimination, and exploitation at the hands of the NFL.
The Pilgrimage (2020 - 13 min.)
The Pilgrimage is a two-day women-only mindful motorcycle quest on Vancouver Island, inspired by the notable pilgrimage in Spain, Camino de Santiago.
These Photos Ended Child Labor in the US (2019 - 7 min.)
It wasn’t until photographer Lewis Wickes Hine showed the public what child labor was like that the widely used practice ended.
The Legendary Dosa Man of NYC (2019 - 8 min.)
Thiru, AKA the Dosa Man, has been running NY Dosas, a food cart since 2001. After immigrating to the US in the 90s, he made it his life’s work to sell affordable, fresh and vegan Dosas to NYU students and passerbys.
The Truth About Where Hair Extensions Come From (2018 - 12 min.)
Have you ever questioned where hair is sourced for wigs and extensions?
Astronaut Chris Hadfield Debunks Space Myths (2019 - 12 min.)
Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield helps debunk and confirm some common myths about space.
I Was in The Black Eyed Peas and Then I Quit (2019 - 14 min.)
Kim Hill found herself at a crossroads in 2000, deciding to quit the musical group The Black Eyed Peas to find her own voice, only to look on as the group reached global stardom with a new member replacing her.
Martin Scorsese on Framing (2016 - 5 min.)
An unheard conversation with director Martin Scorsese is animated to show how he frames his movies and how his life influences his craft.
The White Lie We’ve Been Told About Roman Statues (2019 - 6 min.)
When you think of Ancient Rome, do you see white statutes? What if you were told they were colourful? Using art and science, find out what they actually looked like.
What Facemasks Actually Do Against Coronavirus (2020 - 8 min.)
The guidelines on whether you should wear a face mask as part of the fight against coronavirus differs from place to face. What exactly does a face mask do?
How Paranoid Schizophrenia Impacts My Life - A Day in the Life (2019 - 13 min.)
Allie Burke lives with paranoid schizophrenia, having shown symptoms when she was three years old but wasn’t formally diagnosed until her mid-twenties.
You Know Their Voices, Now See Their Faces (2019 - 14 min.)
Come face to face with the voice talent of some iconic characters and their history.
Hollies’ Dress (2020 - 24 min.)
Making a dress symbolizes adulthood, and is a rite of passage for young Mennonite girls. Hollie has to make a big decision: choosing to be a wife and mother, remaining in the community, or forge her own path.
Red Button (2017 - 7 min.)
Rabbit, a homeless 23-year old Toronto youth addicted to opioids and fentanyl, is given a camera phone to capture a day in his life.
A Rare Look at the Secret Life of Orangutans (2018 - 17 min.)
Unravel the unique cultural behaviour of wild orangutans in the vanishing rainforests of Borneo.
How the Sound Effects in “A Quiet Place” Were Made (2018 - 6 min.)
Find out how foley artists bring movies to life with sound effects.
Hockey Night in Canada: The Many Sides of Evgeni Malkin (2017 - 6 min.)
Evgeni Malkin talks about adapting to life in the US from Russia after being drafted and jokes about being left off the NHL Top 100 players list.
Polybius: Behind the Urban Legend (2018 - 7 min.)
The secret CIA program MKUltra leaked to the public in 1976, and one of the most bizarre gaming urban legend began to brew when a video game appeared in an arcade in Portland, Oregon.
Year of Return: The African Americans Moving to Ghana (2019 - 9 min.)
Ghana declared 2019 as the Year of Return, encouraging African Americans to visit Africa to mark 400 years since the first documented arrival of enslaved Africans. But some African Americans have decided to return for good.
The Champion (2017 - 18 min.)
Estaifan Shilaita is a Chicago cab driver, who from 1968 to 1976 was a national boxing champion of Iraq before being forced to flee because of his Christian faith.
Walk Run Cha-Cha (2020 - 20 min.)
Paul and Millie Cao reunited in California after the Vietnam war, and 40 years later, are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.
How Obsessive Artists Colorize Old Photos (2017 - 7 min.)
Colorizing photos isn’t just coloring within the lines. Find out the complex strategy and technology used by colorists to bring these photos to life.
The Right Way to Play Monopoly (2020 - 7 min.)
Brian Valentine, the US representative to the 2015 World Monopoly championship, tells you the right way to play - with tips and tricks to help you win!
The Secret Path: Freedom to Speak (2017 - 8 min.)
A group of inmates at Toronto South Detention Centre read Gord Downie’s Secret Path and discover how they can relate to the tragic story of Chanie Wenjack.
Ai-Yi (2020 - 17 min.)
An elderly Chinese woman forms a strong bond with her much younger housemates, despite no shared language.
Portrait of Pockets (2020 - 12 min.)
Pocket Warhol, a capuchin monkey, paints abstract pieces soon bringing much needed attention to the sanctuary facing financial challenges.
Frankenstein Is More Horrific Than You Think (2020 - 7 min.)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was revolutionary in pioneering the sci-fi genre. The sympathetic description of the Creature is more relevant today with advances in technology.
$2 Burgers in Harlem (2019 - 9 min.)
Mo's Burgers is a staple in Harlem, having served the community for over 30 years outside the barbershop he owns.
How Technicolor Changed Movies (2017 - 11 min.)
Explore the history of Technicolor, and how the corporation's control over the technology changed movies forever.
Why NASA Quarantined the Apollo 11 (2020 - 15 min.)
Find out about the extraordinary lengths NASA went to isolate Apollo astronauts, quarantining them for weeks in a lab to analyze moon samples and the men who went there.
Dima’s Game (2020 - 24 min.)
Now a refugee in Hamilton, Dima, a competitive para-athlete from Syria, realizes her dream to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games.
How Does an Editor Think and Feel? (2016 - 10 min.)
Find out how editors decide to make the perfect cut in a movie without making you notice.
How Smooth Jazz Took Over the '90s (2018 - 13 min.)
The rise of smooth jazz in the 1990s is looked into by tracing the history of jazz, with a surprising look into its downfall thanks to new technology meant to measure listener figures.
Meet the Accidental Genius (2016 - 14 min.)
After a vicious beating, Jason Padgett's sight was altered by a condition called acquired savant syndrome. This documentary looks into the hidden power of the mind and one man's inspiring tale of courage and triumph
Fish Story (2020 - 15 min.)
Caspar Salmon looks into the secret gathering his grandmother was invited to on the Welsh island of Angelsely- attended exclusively by people with fish surnames.
Broken appliances: Why you may need repairs more often (2020 - 21 min.)
CBC Marketplace investigates why pricey appliances break down faster and more frequently.
How the World’s Largest Cruise Ship Makes 30,000 Meals Every Day (2020 - 8 min.)
Remember cruise ships? Find out how food makes it to the plate to serve thousands of passengers- starting from a compact kitchen run 24/7 in the moving ship.
How the BBC Makes Planet Earth II Look Like a Hollywood Movie (2017 - 9 min.)
Explore the evolution of technology in film as it is used to make nature as cinematic as Hollywood blockbusters.
Why Sitcoms Stopped using Laugh Tracks (2020 - 9 min.)
Laugh tracks were used for most sitcoms but slowly started declining in popularity as single-cam comedies became more popular.
Bananas As We Know Them are Doomed (2020 - 15 min.)
The Cavendish banana accounts for 95% of banana exports, but the Panama Disease fungus is rapidly infecting the world’s crop.
The Last Key (2017 - 23 min.)
The Citroen 2CV, brought to Canada by a young immigrant from France, serves as a marker of identity and link between two cultures, as it is prepared for an upcoming antique-car show.
One Man's Mission to Save the Last Redwood Forests (2016 - 11 min.)
Discover David Milarch's personal quest to save the redwood of Northern California from the effects of climate change.
When Penguins Went From the Sky to the Sea (2020 - 12 min.)
How did the penguin evolve from its giant flying ancestors to the small, waddling birds we know of today?
The Rise and Fall of the American Fallout Shelter (2017 - 13 min.)
Bomb shelters were popular in the mid-20th century in response to cold war culture in America. So what happened to them?
The Lie That Helped Build Nintendo (2019 - 20 min.)
Dig into the history of the gaming industry with the story of a man, a lie, a video game handheld, and a business empire.
Lucien's Happiness (2019 - 23 min.)
Musician and "philosopher of the everyday" Lucien Comeau offers insight into the meaning of life and success.
The Time it Rained for Two Million Years (2018 - 8 min.)
The world began as a supercontinent and was hot, flat, and dry until 234 million years ago, the climate changed- where it rained for two millions years.
Why you can't buy Dasani in Britain (2020 - 10 min.)
An interesting look into why Dasani, a popular bottled water brand, was a massive failure in Britain.
Ice Breakers (2019 - 15 min.)
The buried history of a pioneering Black hockey league in Atlantic Canada is told as Josh Crooks, a promising teen hockey star, discovers that his unshakable passion is tied to a rich and remarkable heritage.
Finding Fukue (2018 - 20 min.)
After receiving her last letter from her pen pal 30 years ago, Jessica Stuart returns to Japan to solve the mystery of her long lost friend, Fukue.
Laughing Matters (2019 - 29 min.)
Comedians are brought together for an honest look and conversation about comedy and mental health.