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.

In the Loop - Winter 2020

View our PDF icon In the Loop program and events guide online or pick up a copy at your favourite WPL location.

Program Registration Information

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

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.


THEMUSEUM pass offers standard admission for up to two (2) adults and up to four (4) children.

Passes are not valid for ticketed events, camps or workshops.

The passes have a 7 day loan period. Holds are available but renewals are not. There is a $0.30 per day overdue fine. One (1) pass per membership card.

Region of Waterloo Museums

The Region of Waterloo Museum pass offers regular admission for up to two (2) adults plus dependent children for all Region of Waterloo Museums including the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum with 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.

The passes have a 7 day loan period. Holds are available but renewals are not. There is a $0.30 per day overdue fine.


WPL's MakerBike hits the road each 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 in the 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.