This summer is like none I’ve experienced in my years at Thunder Bay Public Library. I started my TBPL career as the Children’s & Youth Services Librarian at around this time of year and was immediately caught up in the swing of preparing for TD Summer Reading Club and our summer programming for families. This year we are still committed to providing the best Summer Reading Club possible while we work towards new and innovative ways to stay connected during this extraordinary time.
So what’s happening this summer to keep you reading and having fun with us? For those of you who are avid TD Summer Reading Club members never fear, participation is online and TBPL is here to help you make it a success. Registration is directly through their online portal and you will have access to a digital reading log and activities they’ve organized. If you need help with registration please feel free to contact the library and we can support you through the process.
The TD Summer Reading Club is the perfect way to support literacy skills and reading habits through the summer months. It’s always been a highlight of our days at the library and we can’t wait to start seeing your posts and stories about how you’re making it a part of your days. While it will be different interacting online we’re developing weekly challenges and activities on our Facebook page. This is a great opportunity to catch up with our super staff!
As you may remember from previous years, we’ve never done JUST the club so you can expect some great additions along the way! We’re in the process of setting up an online reading challenge for kids to take part in. This challenge will allow young readers to earn badges and complete fun activities. If you earn the required number of badges you’ll be entered to win a prize at the end of the summer! Not a kid? Well we also have a fabulous teen reading challenge you can join. Not a teen? Please reach out and let us know if you’d be interested in an adult/senior focused reading challenge. We’ve been learning a lot setting up the kids and teens challenges and if there are interested adults we want to be here for you too.
Looking for something new to read? Check out Read this Next on our Facebook page under videos for buzzy books and staff recommendations. You can also use our Book Butler service or contact us directly for help making selections. Currently you can borrow through cloudLibrary and we’ve been adding more material every week. TumbleBooks is also a great option for children’s picture books and beyond!
So join us online, tag us with what you’re reading (@tbaypl), sign up for our new reading challenges coming in July, and read your days away.
Ruth Hamlin-Douglas – www.tbpl.ca. If you have a comment about today’s column, we would love to hear from you.