Summertime and the reading is easy!

Normally in the summer, we see children and their grown-ups from across the province tumble into the library branches to cool down, read a book, play with the toys and relax. This year our summer will look a little different but one important thing will stay the same:  a packed schedule of summer fun and enthusiastic librarians encouraging children to develop a love of reading!
We are pleased to be participating in the TD Summer Reading Club which is a great program developed by librarians. You can register at peclibrary.org/kids, and have access to a huge variety of activities, ebooks, jokes and more.  In addition we’re offering our regular program where kids can tell us what they have been reading and be entered to win great summer prizes. It’s important to us to note that we define “reading” in a very open way – it can be reading independently, being read to, reading a comic or magazine, or listening to an audio book.  We know that one of the best ways to encourage children to become great lifelong readers is to encourage them to read what they’re interested in and what makes them associate reading with enjoyment!  If you aren’t going on a summer vacation trip this year, travel through a book – there’s no limit to where you can explore – go to Oz, the Moon, and Narnia all in one day if you want!
If your children are ready for a refresh of their library books, we are accepting returns at any branch of the library. They will sit in quarantine for a period before being checked in, so it may take a few days for your online record to accurately reflect their return. We never charge late fees but returning the books allows others to enjoy them.
Staff at all branches of the library are happy to help you select books to borrow – just tell us your children’s ages and interests and we’ll prepare a mystery surprise bag for them to explore. You can also request specific titles by phone, email or the website at peclibrary.org.  Need a library card? You can register online.
Throughout the summer our livestreaming programs will continue at facebook.com/peclibrary.  Belicia’s weekly Makerstation at Home program, which inspires kids to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), will continue on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
If you have a baby or toddler at home, join Joanna for Baby Rhyme Time Fridays at 10:30 a.m. We know that rhythm, rhyme and repetition are so important for growing brains and Joanna will help you remember all those great fingerplays and songs that little ones love, and even teach some new ones. Storytime will happen every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and will continue to feature stories, songs and activities for kids of all ages.  If you’re outside enjoying the summer and miss the programs, they’re uploaded later to our Youtube Channel so you can watch them whenever you like.
It’s summer and we’re working hard to make it easy for your family to be entertained, informed and inspired!
-Liz Zylstra