Parents, encourage your children’s imaginations to flourish this summer with the TD Summer Reading Club offered by the Collingwood Public Library. With imagine being this year’s theme, the reading club is sure to catch your children’s interest with a bevy of monsters, magic and mayhem.
The TD Summer Reading Club is a free programme for kids run by libraries across Canada each summer. This year’s theme celebrates the imagination in its broadest sense. Children will explore subcategories of fantasy including animal tales, epic quests, fantastical machines, folklore, magic, mythical creatures, scary stories, time travel, try it on and classics.
“Many studies show that to keep up their reading skills, children need to keep reading throughout the summer months. Offering a summer reading program allows us to help develop these important reading skills before the school year begins, while making reading fun,” said Ashley Kulchycki, supervisor, children and teen services.
Kulchycki has successfully run the TD Summer Reading Club for the past three years. Each year, select participating libraries are awarded for exceptional programming efforts by Library and Archives Canada. Kulchycki was awarded honourable mention for her efforts in both 2009 and 2010.
“I have a wide selection of activities planned, including a special treat where children will earn magical coins each week. These magical coins will allow them to participate in a surprise activity to celebrate the wrap-up of the reading club,” says Kulchycki of her plans. “Often children are intimidated by reading; however, this programme is about kids picking and reading the books they want and loving them.”
Free to attend, the programme runs weekly on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department starting on July 5, 2012. Each week children are invited to participate in exciting activities including crafts, games and story sharing, while taking home their own books to enjoy.
Registered children receive an activity booklet that contains a story, book suggestions for all ages, crosswords, riddles, crafts and recipes. Children log the books they read over the summer to receive stickers to unlock secret online content.
Children age six to twelve are invited to participate. Parents should register their children at the Collingwood Public Library’s Public Services Desk. The TD Summer Reading Club closes on Thursday, August 30, 2012.