Early Learning Centres at Calgary Public Library are free spaces for children ages zero to five to learn through play.
These vibrant and interactive spaces are designed to nurture children’s early learning development through activities and features that support the five early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
Early Learning Centres are designed to be flexible, open-ended, and interactive. Features such as experiential and moveable activity centres, props, and games support play and active learning. Learn more about the importance of early learning and the future of Early Learning Centres in Calgary's libraries.
Knowledgeable and experienced Library staff oversee Early Learning Centres, with support from trained members of our Early Literacy Volunteer Corps.
Where can kids play?
There are currently 12 Early Learning Centres at our community libraries, each built around a distinct concept:
- Bird’s Eye View at Crowfoot Library's Calgary Foundation Early Learning Centre.
- Country Hills Library
- Up, Up, and Away at Saddletowne Library’s Calgary Foundation Early Learning Centre.
- Rainbow Jungle at Village Square Library.
- Build and create at Signal Hill Library's Calgary Foundation Early Learning Centre.
- Central Library
- The World is Your Stage at Fish Creek Library.
- Eco-Sustainability at the first outdoor Early Learning Centre, the Forest Lawn Library Nature Playground.
- Explore Energy at Forest Lawn Library's Calgary Foundation Early Learning Centre.
- Read and Play at Quarry Park Library.
- The Hopewell Early Learning Centre at Seton Library (opening January 14), built around an Alouette III helicopter courtesy of The Hangar Flight Museum.
- Into the Woods at Shawnessy Library.
Philanthropic support from individuals, organizations, and all levels of government have made our other Early Learning Centres possible. Learn more about how you can invest in early learning at the Library by visiting the Calgary Public Library Foundation's websiteopens a new window.