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RAPP packs 2016


Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Alternative Services has partnered with ALSO (Alternative Learning styles and outlooks), a community group that focuses on Adult and Family Literacy, and Moi J’apprends, to offer new English and French literacy material for children.

Starting April 2016 Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) packs will be newly available at the , Cumberland, Carlingwood and Sunnyside branches, in addition to previous locations Beaverbrook, Greenboro, and St-Laurent! Customers can also request RAPP packs to be sent to their nearest OPL single point of service.

RAPP packs are tools for parents to help promote and encourage literacy as well as creativity and self-expression in children, through stories and interactive activities. While useable by all ages, RAPP packs are geared towards children aged 6 months to 8 years old and include activity sheets, tips for parents, games, activities, poems, songs and crafts. We encourage parents to photocopy prior to use.

OPL encourages literacy at any age, reading ability or language level. Due to the popularity of the RAPP packs OPL has partnered again with ALSO and Moi J’Apprends to provide our customers with French literacy packs!

There are three types of packs: American Sign Language (ASL) packs, Voices packs and French packs

  • The ASL pack supports the language and literacy development of children with hearing disabilities or who are deaf.  The pack contains a book, an ASL DVD that has an interpreter signing the book, and activity sheets.

  • The Voices pack support the language and literacy development of children either with visual disabilities or who have an auditory learning style. The pack includes a book and CD, as well as activity sheets.

  • French packs (known as Trousse PLF) support the development of French language and French literacy of children. The pack includes activity sheets and the book.

 To borrow or request a RAPP pack, click here!