March Break at the Library: Free Events for Families

More than 130 free events focusing on play, socializations, and literacy

Halifax, N.S., March 6, 2023 — From March 11-19, branches of Halifax Public Libraries are set to transform into March Break hubs, offering over 130 free in-person programs focused on play, connection, and boosting youth literacy skills. Community members will enjoy the return of classic March Break events and performances, and discover some not-so-hidden gems across all 14 Library locations.

Literacy through play

“We are still discovering the impacts that the pandemic has had on youth, but their ability to socialize with their peers—which is very important to youth development—has been greatly affected” shares Jessica Prince, Programming Lead, Central District, Halifax Public Libraries. “We are so pleased to be able to provide spaces and programming for our youth to gather, socialize, learn, and play again. March Break is a wonderful example of this, and we have a fantastic lineup of programs ranging from musical performances, STEM activities, mini carnivals, and more.”

Always free and open to all, community members will find familiar March Break programs like storytimes, creative drop-ins, makerspace crafts, and activity tables to fill school-free days, together. New and unexpected activities include: 

  • Transforming cardboard boxes into custom cars for drive-in movies;
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs featuring the Library’s kid-friendly programmable robots;
  • Games like scavenger hunts, chess, and video game tournaments;
  • Musical performances and magic shows for all ages.

Free events, free resources, and even fine-free borrowing 

The foundation of the public library is free and equitable service to all; you can always expect free service, resources and events at your Library. Did you know, that in 2020, Halifax Public Libraries removed fines and fees for borrowing materials? Removing this barrier gives everyone in our community lifelong access to the Library.  

Be in the know

To keep up to date on what’s happening this March Break at the Library, follow @hfxpublib on social media platforms and check the What’s On Calendar, opens a new window often.