TD Summer Reading Club back for 2021

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities.

This free Club is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, including the County of Prince Edward Public Library. The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. We know encouraging reading for pleasure is one of the keys to a lifetime of learning, and library staff at each of the library’s six branches are standing by to help your children find books that will interest, entertain and intrigue them.

Is your child curious about camping? Become an Outdoor Adventurer and learn how to set up a tent, prepare camp snacks, and identify some of the plants you might encounter outdoors. Whether you’re heading out to a provincial park or just setting up camp in your backyard, this weekly program promises to be educational and entertaining.

The Creators program will explore many forms of creativity including tie dye, using computer coding to make art, board game design and creating your own t-shirt.

Aspiring sorcerers can join us for campfire conjuring, potion races, quidditch, and a dual Dungeons and Dragons campaign (no experience required!) Create characters, learn the basics of the game, and finish the adventure in an action packed, mythical tournament to showcase their characters strength and skills!

Throughout the summer, bubble storytimes will be offered in person – book a time to bring your family “bubble” to the library and we’ll have the bubble machine going and read a special story.

In partnership with Picton Recreation Committee, we are offering our first-ever Geocache adventure. Imagine someone donated a box full of historic photos to the library. What stories could we uncover? Join us as we travel through Prince Edward County history in the Library’s first geocache adventure. You will start by finding a Geocache hidden around Picton Branch Library. Throughout Picton, you will find 4 other caches, each with a historical photo and a log book. Find them all and report back to the library staff to receive a Geocache pin.

Never tried geocaching? It’s easy – just download the app to get started. If you need a device to participate, you can borrow one from the library. This year, all programs will be held in a hybrid format so that participants can join online or in person.

When we reach Step Two of the Road Map to Reopen, small groups will be allowed to join us for outdoor programs. In person programs will be held at the Ameliasburgh Branch Library this summer, which is the branch with the largest outdoor space to permit social distancing. Preregistration will be required and numbers are limited for in person programs. You can find all the details, including suggested ages, when the programs will be held, and more at peclibrary.org/kids or call Whitney at (613) 476-5962.

-Liz Zylstra