Kawartha Lakes Public Library launches latest Summer Reading Club

By Lindsay Advocate

Kawartha Lakes Public Library is offering the Summer Reading Club but with a few twists. The club is going to look a lot different again this year, but the library still wants to make reading fun, according to a media release, with reading challenges for people of all ages.

Kids will receive a passport to track their weekly reading. The more they read, the more draw entries they will receive.

“You’ll get bonus points if you participate in challenges such as picking up garbage or donating to the local food bank too. At the end of the summer, you will be entered into a draw to win a loaded gift basket filled with items from local businesses,” says Lyndsay Bowen, library specialist, outreach and community engagement.

This year the library will be hosting small outdoor storytimes at all library branches. You will need to pre-register (sorry no drop-ins) for each event so that they can ensure COVID guidelines are being followed. “We will be keeping each outdoor storytime to a small number so everyone can be seated safely apart,” she said.

Registration for both Summer Reading Club and the outdoor storytime programs starts June 26. You can register online or by dropping by your local library branch. To learn more, visit www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca/src 

“We also have a fun line-up of neat weekly Summer Fun Packs you can take home with you,” says Bowen. Pick up your weekly Summer Fun Pack at any branch (while supplies last) or download the instructions from our website to make it at home. Some craft packs include making a pom pom shooter, doing a weaving activity and more.

“We are thrilled that we are still able to offer the Summer Reading Club,” says Bowen. “It may be a little different again this summer, but we are excited about being able to do outdoor programming, and can’t wait to see some familiar faces come to pick up their passports, Bingo cards and the weekly Summer Fun Packs.”

The library will be setting up more storywalks throughout the city this summer, even a couple of historical ones for adults that will highlight local history collections. Themes and locations can be found on their website at www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca/storywalks

For Adults and Teens, the library Bingo cards are back again. A completed line in any direction will give you one entry into the end of summer draw. Completing the entire Bingo card will get you 12 entries. The library wants to support local businesses as much as possible, so the prize is a $50 gift card to a local business of your choosing. Bingo cards can be picked up at any branch, or downloaded directly from our website at www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca/summerreadingchallenge

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