The Telegram (St. John's)
Summer reading starts at public libraries
This week the TD Summer Reading Club starts at the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL).
TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities.
Offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, including our own branches here in N.L., it’s easy to include in any summer plans. The club both celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to enjoy and explore reading at their own pace.
The summer reading club is a lot of fun, but it also helps combat the summer slide. It’s been noted that kids who don’t read over the summer are at risk of being six weeks behind their peers when they start school again in September, and often spend longer catching up.
Encouraging your kids to read is important, but it should also be fun. That’s where the Summer Reading Club comes in.
One of the benefits of the club is that kids can take part anywhere — at local public libraries across the province, as well as at home, online, or wherever summer takes them.
There are lots of ways to participate, and lots of fun to be had this summer. You can register for the Summer Reading Club either at your local library branch or online at tdsummerreadingclub.ca.
The TD club website has lots of great content including booklists, a place where you can keep track of what you read over the summer, colouring sheets, trivia, story prompts and more.
At the NLPL this summer we are running a hybrid summer reading program. That means we have a lot of great online programming and content, along with some in-branch fun where possible.
As part of our TD club program we have a fun slate of online programming that we will be sharing via our summer reading info guide. You can find it on our website under Info Guides — just click Summer Reading with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries 2021, or visit guides.nlpl.ca/summerreading2021.
We will be posting all of our online content there along with lots of other fun stuff.
Here’s what our online programming will look like this summer:
Each week we will provide a video challenge to encourage children and families to read throughout the summer. Challenging you to do things like read outside or read local, weekly challenge videos will be added to the Weekly Challenge page of our summer reading guide every Monday.
A short storytime, recorded by public library staff from across the province, will be shared every Tuesday. Visit the Summer Storytime page of our guide weekly for a new video full of stories, songs and rhymes and to see familiar library staff faces.
On Thursdays we will share an exciting and engaging activity with our Summer Fun video series. Spend time as a family completing activities and get further inspiration from the books suggested. Visit the Summer Fun! page of the guide every Thursday for a new video and a new activity.
You can participate in the challenges and try the activities at home, and draw inspiration from the many elibrary reading lists that we will be sharing on social media all summer long.
Follow us on Twitter at Nlpublibraries or on Facebook at NL Public Libraries to keep up to date.
All participants who register for the TD Summer Reading Club at their local library branch will be entered in a weekly prize draw. You can also enter by participating in our weekly challenges or by sharing what you’re reading with us.
Visit your local library for information about inhouse programming and updates on virtual activities, storytime and challenges to participate in over the summer. We hope that you’ll join us for a summer full of reading fun. Remember to visit guides.nlpl.ca/summerreading2021 or tdsummerreadingclub.ca for more information.