After School Programs

Fall Programs

A new school year is here and so are our after-school programs! This fall, we're offering a variety of virtual and in-person programs. Join us for teen clubs, reading buddies, coding and more!


Looking for more programs? Check out our chess programs and book clubs for Grades 1-6.

Chess Classes    Book Clubs
 

Navigating Life with HYPE

Tuesdays / Oct. 5 - Dec. 7 / 4:30-6:00 p.m. / Zoom
Learn how to build positive, healthy relationships by joining the Healthy Youth Preventative Education (HYPE) program, hosted by the John Howard Society. Discover strategies for identifying stress, setting boundaries, communicating and negotiating, making safe choices, and more. Plus, earn community services hours for each workshop you attend!
Teens (ages 13-17) | FREE | Register here.

 

Science Matters! Newcomer Teens Club

Mondays / Nov. 8 - 29 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Zoom
Learn cool science facts while practicing your English conversation skills with others. Plus, discover what a career in science could look like!
Teens (ages 13-17) | FREE | Register here.

 

Teen Girl Code Club

Mondays / Nov. 8 - 29 / 7-8 p.m. / Zoom
Hello world, let’s code! Learn new concepts each program. No experience necessary.
Teens (ages 13-17) | FREE | Register here.

 

Robotics Club

Wednesdays / Dec. 1 - 22 / 7-8 p.m. / Zoom
Let’s code robots! Use online robot simulators from the LEGO® First Tech Challenge. No experience necessary.
Teens (ages 13-17) | FREE | Register here.

 

Teen Book Talk

Oct. 21; Nov. 18; Dec. 16 / 7-7:45 p.m. / Zoom and Slack
Read and comment on the first lines of this year’s most anticipated young adult (YA) fiction every Friday on our Book Talk Slack channel. Then, delve deeper into your favourite reads with fellow readers every month on Zoom.
Teens (ages 13-17) | FREE | Register here.

 

Afterschool Code Club (in person)

Wed / Dec. 1 - 22 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Central Library
Hello world, let’s code! Learn computer programming basics and check out what other kids are coding. New concepts introduced every week. No experience necessary.
Tweens (ages 9-12) | FREE | Register here.

 

Tweens STEAM Club (in person)

Oct. 22; Nov. 19; Dec. 17 / 4-5 p.m. / Register here
OR Oct. 28; Nov. 25; Dec. 16 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Register here

Explore your favourite subjects in one club! We’ll cover a new STEAM topic each month. Please register for one of two sessions.

Tweens (ages 9-12) | FREE | Central Library

 

Tweens Night (in person)

Oct. 28; Nov. 25; Dec. 30 / 7-8 p.m. / Central Library
Let’s create art together! We’ll make Halloween crafts in October, galaxy bottles in November, and New Year’s Eve decorations in December.
Tweens (ages 9-12) | FREE | More info here.

 

Junior Writers’ Studio

Oct. 14, 28; Nov. 11, 25; Dec. 9, 23 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Zoom
Write, revise, repeat! Develop your creative writing skills while sharing your stories with others.
Tweens (ages 9-12) | FREE | Register here.

 

Parlez-vous français?

Wed / Oct. 6 - Nov. 24 / 5:30-6:30 p.m. / Zoom
Join French teacher Inna Figotina each week for themed games and conversation. Lesson topics include les voyages, l’appétit, et les animaux! Best suited for beginner learners.
Tweens (ages 9-12) | FREE | Register here.

 

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds

Wed / Oct. 6 - Nov. 24 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Zoom
Learn about different topics affecting girls today, like active living, balanced eating, body image, self-esteem, selfcare, media use, and more! Explore new interests, conversations, and friendships in this group mentoring series for girls hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of York Region. This program is for female-identified youth.
Tweens (ages 9-12) | FREE | Register here.

 

PIXEL Art and Animation

Mondays / Oct. 4 - Oct. 25 / 7-8:30 p.m. / Zoom
Light up your screen with your very own pixel art creations! Learn how to animate using Piskel. Classes are led by professional coding instructor, Keke Zhou.
Kids (ages 6-12) | $40 | Register here.

 

Reading Buddies

Wednesdays / Oct. 6 - 27 or Nov. 3 - 24 / 4:30-5:15 p.m. / Zoom
Develop your reading skills and play literacy games virtually with a teen volunteer.
Kids (Grades 2-4) | FREE | Register here.

 

STEAM Club for Kids (in person)

Oct. 8; Nov. 5; Dec. 3 / 4-5 p.m. / Register here
OR Oct. 14; Nov. 11; Dec. 9 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Register here

Explore all your favourite subjects in one club! Join us in person to explore a new STEAM topic every month. Please register for one of two sessions.

Kids (ages 6-8) | FREE | Central Library

 

Jr. Archaeologists Club (in person)

Oct. 18; Nov. 15; Dec. 20 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Register here
OR Oct. 28; Nov. 15; Dec. 20 / 6:30-7:30 p.m. / Register here

Are you ready to explore the mysteries of the past? Join us each month to jump into a different time in history and see what we can dig up. Please register for one of two sessions.

Kids (ages 6-8) | FREE | Central Library