TD Summer Reading Club returns

The Pickering Public Library (PPL) invites residents to kick-off the summer with a bang by celebrating the launch of its summer programs geared towards children and teens.

Celebrate the launch of the PPL’s annual, award-winning TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) program on July 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pickering Farmers’ Market.

Both fun and educational, TDSRC encourages children to read, review books, track reading progress, and share learnings with staff and friends.

The launch party will give attendees the opportunity to sign-up for the program while enjoying the party, as there will be sweet treats, a scavenger hunt, bouncy castle, and many other activities taking place at the City of Pickering’s Farmers’ Market.

The nationwide initiative is free and offers a variety of fun reading-related activities for children from birth to 12 years and aims to keep them engaged in reading all summer long. Kids can participate anytime, anywhere – at local public libraries across Canada as well as at home, online, on the road or wherever their summer takes them.

More than 45,000 TDSRC-related activities were held in 2018 attended by more than 830,000 children. Eight in ten of these activities were held in libraries and more than half of them happened in Ontario.

Last year, Pickering Library registered over 2000 children and the program grows every year. Pickering Public Library proudly won first place in Canada for the 2015 program from the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards.

The PPL is launching its new Jr. Maker Kits. Visit the TDSRC Launch party for details or just go straight inside the library and book one of the ten unique kits before they’re gone.

Geared towards children but providing fun for the whole family, the Jr. Maker Kit program will give residents the opportunity to check out their very own “Maker Kit” from the library’s Maker Space. The Jr. Maker Kits are designed to facilitate learning and play for all skill levels by providing an innovative hands-on experience.

Some of the different Maker Kits include Circuit Beats (to make music), Code & Go Mouse Mania (to learn the fundamentals of coding), and Squishy Circuits (to create electrical circuits with conductive and insulating play dough). Each Maker Kit relates directly to science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Swing by the City of Pickering’s Farmers’ Market for the TDSRC Launch Party on July 2 for details or the PPL’s Maker Space to borrow a kit (kits can be checked out for 2 weeks max and are dependent on availability).

There’s something for teens too. Celebrate the launch of the PPL’s annual (TGIS) Thank Goodness It’s Summer. program. TGIS is a summer reading challenge program for teens 13-19 years old. Those who register for the program read books of their choice to earn ballots and win prizes.

TGIS has been an ongoing, inclusive and loyal program at PPL for four years with many active participating teens who have grown to become part of the PPL family either as volunteers with the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) or actual PPL employees.

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