Summer has finally arrived and Milton Public Library (MPL) is once again welcoming children and their families to ‘read for the love of it’ by registering for the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s biggest summer reading program for kids of all ages and abilities. Join in on the fun on Saturday, June 23rd from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Main Library or Beaty Branch.
Beginning Saturday, June 23rd and throughout the summer, children are encouraged to register free-of-charge for the TD Summer Reading Club at either library location. Kids will receive a notebook to track their reading, are encouraged to check in with MPL staff regularly, and can earn ballots for prize draws for each full hour of completed reading. Festivities at Main Library, 1010 Main St. East, include special guests Anna & Elsa and a Care of Magical Creatures workshop with the experts from Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. Celebrations at Beaty Branch, 945 Fourth Line, include sharing high-fives with special guest, Dog Man, as well as exciting games and activities.
“Kids can participate anytime, anywhere – at the library, at home, online, on the road, or wherever their summer adventures take them. This is key to building a lifelong love of reading”, shares Leslie Fitch, CEO and Chief Librarian at Milton Public Library. “The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators, and stories and is designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading their way.”
Milton Public Library is one of more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada participating in the TD Summer Reading Club, helping to increase youth literacy. Various studies show children who participate in summer reading clubs maintain their reading level, whereas children who do not read over the summer may suffer from what’s called “summer slide”. Summer slide is the term given to the loss of academic skills and knowledge that
can occur over the course of the summer holidays. This loss is cumulative and children who do not read throughout the summer can be up to two years behind by the time they reach Grade 6. The TD Summer Reading Club is a great way to keep children reading and on the path to learning.
Also taking place on June 23rd, Milton Public Library and Milton Transit are kicking off the Read and Ride program at Main Library with Mayor Krantz at 1:00 pm. Children and teens, 16 years of age and younger, are encouraged to travel to and from the Library for summer reading programs and materials and all around town using environmentally-friendly conventional Milton Transit. The Read and Ride Program runs from July 3 to September
1, 2018; participants ride for free by showing their Library card with a valid Read and Ride sticker on it. Stickers are available at the Main Library and Beaty Branch beginning June 23rd.
Visit Milton Public Library in-person or online at www.mpl.on.ca and Be Inspired today.