Perth Children's Water Festival

The Children's Water Festival is a free, fun and educational event for families to learn about the importance of water in their daily lives.

When: Sunday, May 29 from 1-4 pm

Where: Falstaff Family Centre, 35 Waterloo St.N, Stratford

Perth Children's Water Festival website

Our YouTube video has fun Steam Water activities!

Check out Pam's Water Festival list of books.

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Children's Summer Reading Program

Our summer reading program will be happening again this year! We are currently working on the details of the program.

Cost: $10 to register for the entire summer.

When and Where: More details coming soon. Watch the website and social media for updates.

Registration will be required, in person at the the library starting late May - early June.

child's map showing houses beside a road

Library on Location

Join library staff 'on location' for story times and themed activities. Each event will have a themed story time and presentation from members of the West Perth community.

When: 6 pm except June 21, 12-3**


  • 1 - A Trip to the Vet - Mitchell Veterinary Clinic
  • 7 - Get Growing - Scott's Greenhouses
  • 15 - My Body Moves - LiveWell4Life
  • 21 - Craft Table - Mitchell & Area Outreach Carnival @ Ritz Villa **12-3
  • 29 - Welcome to School - Upper Thames Elementary School


  • 5 - Amazing Machines - JNB Heavy Haul
  • 13 - Brookside Books - Demonstration Forest
  • 19 - Alpacas in Pajamas - Alpacas at the Library
  • 27 - Fire Safety - West Perth Fire Hall


  • 2 - Birds in the Fall - West Perth Wetlands
  • 10 - Volunteering in our Community - Mitchell and Area Outreach @ Ritz Villa
  • 16 - At the Pool - Mitchell Lion's Park Pool
  • 24 - We ride the Bus - Murphy Bus Lines

All groups must include an adult caregiver.

caregiver and young child looking at bookBounce and Rhyme

For children 0-12 months + caregiver.

One of our program staff will lead a circle of songs, stories and rhymes.

When: 10:30 am on the following dates

  • Thursday, May 19
  • Thursday, June 2
  • Thursday, June 16

Where: West Perth Public Library - Program Room

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Build, Mould, Create

For children 4-12 years-old + caregiver

Led by program staff, youth will use our building materials, LEGO, plasticine and moulding supplies to build memories and creations! Each week, program staff will read books to connect reading with our activity.

When: 6:30 on the following dates

  • Wednesday, May 18

Where: West Perth Public Library - Program Room

little girl wearing flower crown looking at a book

Fables and Fun

For children 0-5 years-old + caregiver

Stories, rhymes, songs and finger plays with our program staff.

When: 10:30 am on the following dates

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Thursday, June 9

Where: West Perth Public Library - Program Room

baby looking at a book

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun, exciting and easy way to start your child on the path to success! Read a book - any book- to your child. The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. It's easier than you think. Read 1 book a night and you'll meet your goal in 3 years. Read 3 books a night, you could reach your goal in just one year.

How 1000 Books works

  1. Get set for reading. Pick up a tracking poster and any program materials at the Library or print them from our website.
  2. Track your reading. Colour in, or cross out a stack of books on the tracking poster for each book you read to your child.
  3. Every book counts. Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. The books your child hears in storytime, daycare, preschool or with family or friends all count as long as your child listens to the entire book.
  4. Keep on reading. Don't stop at 1000! Keep reading together, there's more learning ahead.
  5. Share your journey. We invite you to share your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten journey on social media. Tag us @westperthpl and use the hashtag #1000BooksB4K.

Program Materials

Introductory Letter