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"Community partners can be an important resource for schools and students. They can provide support for students in the classroom, and can be models of how the knowledge and skills acquired through study of the curriculum relate to life beyond school. As mentors, they can enrich not only the educational experience of students, but also the life of the community."


We continue to be committed to supporting learning in our community. For elementary students we will be doing this through virtual and in-person (with safety protocols in place) programming/tours and with resource pick-up service at this time.

Summer Reading ClubSummer Reading Club – all ages
45 minutes (in-person or virtual) May and June
Visit your Idea Exchange location, virtually or in-person, to learn all about our award-winning Summer Reading Club! Students will be taken on a tour of the location and website, read a story and participate in some fun and engaging activities. Students will also be able to get a membership card, choose and borrow a book to get them started on their Summer Reading adventure.
To book this visit, please complete this form.

Welcome to Idea ExchangeWelcome to Idea Exchange – all ages
30 - 45 minutes (in-person or virtual)
We will take you on a tour of your Idea Exchange location, our website and have a Q. and A. period for students. Customize your "tour" with a story (theme of your choice) or demonstration of where to find resources on a particular subject. Each of our locations is unique and we are looking forward to having you visit.
To book this visit, please complete this form.

Learn + CreateLearn + Create – Recommended for Grades 1-3
45 minutes to 1 Hour (virtual only)
We're learning about art in this tour with Cambridge Art Galleries and Idea Exchange staff. Read a story, learn about the library, see works from our permanent collection of fibre art, and participate in a drawing activity using simple materials commonly found at home or in the classroom. This tour comes with a teacher's guide outlining curriculum connections for grades 1-3.
To book this visit, please complete this form.

Introduction to StructuresIntroduction to Structures – Recommended for Grades 1-3
1.5 Hours (in-person or virtual)
In this hands on, station-based workshop students will be introduced to structures. They will have a chance to explore construction with Zoobs, Straws and Connectors, Stacking Cups, Marble Mazes and more. Students will test their skills in the "Build a Bridge Challenge".
*if participating virtually, pick up the kit ahead of time to use in your classroom
To book this visit, please complete this form.

education kitsEducation Kits – Let us know your unit of study and we will bundle resources for you. Fill in the form and Idea Exchange staff will pull some books and online resources so you can learn more about your topic. Please allow 10 days for kit to be ready for pick-up.


reading kitsReading Kits – What do you enjoy reading? Let us know your interests and reading level by filling in this form and Idea Exchange staff will bundle some books for you! Need help deciding? Have a look at these recommendations. Please allow 10 days for kit to be ready for pick-up.


virtual programsVirtual Educational Programs – Exciting and Educational programs for everyone. Facebook Live and Zoom programs are available online. Check out our line-up of programs. These programs can be enjoyed in the classroom, or from home!


membership cardsMembership Cards – Teachers can help their students get a membership card. Print the form, and have your students take it home to be filled in, collect the forms then drop them off or scan and email them to lyacynuk [at] Cards will be ready in a week and dropped off to your school! Cambridge schools only.


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