Children's Programs

Ever since the Government of Alberta announced its Reopen for Summer plan, we’ve received a number of questions about our children’s programs. In the interest of making it easier for everyone, we’re happy to present this list of answers to...

Frequently Asked Questions about Children’s Programming at GPPL

  • Are you happy to see us back in the library?
    • Absolutely – it’s been too quiet around here!
  • What will you be offering for children’s programs this summer?
    • Our Summer Reading Game online through the Beanstalk platform.
      • We’ll have more information and links to register on the SRG page on our website shortly
      • Beanstalk also offers an app.
    • Various outdoor storytimes we hope to run in different areas around the community.
    • Early literacy content through our YouTube channel at
    • Take-and-make craft kits.
    • A small number of limited capacity, distanced, in-person programs for older tweens.
    • Please keep an eye on our online program calendar at for details.
  • Hey, why aren’t you offering more in-library children’s programs when Alberta enters stage 3?
    • To steal a line from Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy, we’re library staff members, not doctors, but in-library children’s programs still seem risky at this time:
      • COVID-19 vaccines have not been approved for children under age 12 yet.
      • Only 40% of people ages 20-39 in Grande Prairie had received their first vaccination as of June 15, 2021.
      • As a result, if we offered any in-library children’s programs, the attendees would consist of mostly-unvaccinated people in close contact in program rooms, something we’ve been avoiding the past 15 months.
    • We’ve reached out to other public libraries across Alberta to ask about their plans.
      • The majority of libraries that have responded so far have indicated their staff members feel similarly.
      • Most libraries who responded to us will offer primarily virtual or outdoor children’s programming this summer.
  • When will you be offering in-library children’s programs again?
    • We’re hoping to offer them sometime this fall, but it will depend on COVID-19 infection and vaccination rates, plus any government-imposed health restrictions, among other things.
  • Who can I talk to about this?
    • If you have a comment or concern, please send an e-mail to Jacob Fehr, our Head of Children’s and Teen Services at
    • Please note that Jacob will not debate the health risks involved with COVID-19 or the efficacy and safety of vaccines.
  • Well, who can I debate those particular topics with?
    • The following people are better qualified and in more relevant positions to debate health topics than GPPL staff members:
      • Alberta’s Minister of Health, Tyler Shandrow
      • Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw
      • Canada’s Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu
      • Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam


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