Summer reading club at local libraries will keep kids reading all summer

By Lindsay Advocate

Kawartha Lakes Public Library has an exciting line up of events planned for this summer, according to a media release. The library has developed a variety of programs that kids and their caregivers can participate in anytime, anywhere – at any of the 14 local library branches as well as at home, online, or on the road.

“Our summer programs are designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading which we feel is the key to building a lifelong love of reading” says Marieke Junkin, Manager of Programming and Public Services.  “Parents and guardians will appreciate our engaging approach to keep kids reading all summer long.”

The fun starts June 20 when online registration opens for the Summer Reading Club.  Families can also register at their local branches starting June 25 and receive a goody bag with treats and program information.  Early registrants can enter a ballot to win a cookie decorating kit.  Registration can be done online at www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca/src

The library’s summer passport takes kids on a summer-long journey and features incentives to keep reading and join in special library programs and activities.  Children can bring their passport to their local branch each week to collect beads and special tags that can be strung on a lanyard.

Special Summer Reading Club programs will be held at all 14 branches.  This year’s theme is “Myths and Fairy Tales.” Library staff will lead children ages 4-10 through fantastic games, activities and crafts that promote a love of reading.  ach branch is also hosting a special visit by some “magical creatures.”  These events will take place in outdoor spaces so that kids, their families and friends can gather comfortably.  Check the library’s Events Calendar for more details and program times.

The library has also partnered with STEAM Educators from Pinnguaq Association to host two free workshops at all library branches this summer.  Learners aged 6 and up will build confidence and enjoy hands-on learning while engaging with common tools, hardware, electronics and robotics.

The library’s Take Home Packs have proven to be incredibly popular the past two years with hundreds of kids receiving a monthly pack.  Kids can pick up a different “Summer Fun Pack” each week in July and August. The packs come complete with instructions and supplies for an imaginative craft that kids can enjoy almost anywhere.

StoryWalks are another project that Kawartha Lakes Public Library has recently introduced with tremendous feedback. Families love visiting local sites and finding pages of a kid’s book placed along a walking route.  It’s a great way for kids to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. This summer the library will be hosting StoryWalks at 16 locations within Kawartha Lakes.

Kids can also visit their local branch every Saturday this summer for “Enchanted Crafts.”  Make a special creation connected to a popular myth or fairy tale. These programs are free and all are welcome to drop in at a time convenient to them. While you are at the branch, see if you can find all the imaginary figures that are lurking about the shelves as part of the library’s Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt.

The library has made sure that it’s not just kids who are having fun this summer. The library’s “Beach Blanket Bingo” for adults features challenges that will encourage anyone looking to boost their summer reading. Teens can sign up for a limited edition library subscription box curated with special summer goodies as well as a custom made reading list.

For more information on these and other library programs visit the library’s website at www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca/events or contact your local library branch. 

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