Summer holidays are on their way, and so is Summer Reading at the Brandon Public Library! The TD Summer Reading Club is a Canada-wide program to encourage kids to keep on reading, learning, and exploring all summer long. Children of all ages are invited to sign up for a free Reading Log at the Library’s Children’s Services Desk. Children record how much time they spend reading, and earn draw entries to win prizes. This year’s prizes are all Canada 150–themed. The Summer Reading Club has something for younger children too. Children unable to read for themselves can still enjoy reading with a parent, sibling, grandparent, or caregiver, and receive stickers and prizes. Teens can also sign up for Summer Reading, earning draw entries for special teen prizes.
In addition to Reading Logs, draws, and prizes, the Brandon Library is offering a vast array of public programs this summer for children and teens of all ages. At the youngest end of the spectrum, the weekly Night Owls program introduces two- to five-year-olds to stories, rhymes, and simple crafts. Busy Beavers, on Wednesday mornings and afternoons, does the same thing for ages four to eight. Special one-time events for children include a Happy Birthday Canada party on Tuesday, July 4th, a Construction Zone program on Thursday, July 20th (featuring Lego and edible inukshuks), and an evening of board games for the whole family on Thursday, August 17th. All of these programs are free, and designed to promote literacy and learning in a fun, interactive environment.
This year the library has expanded its summer programming to include activities for tween and teens. These offerings include a Tween Book Club. Youth ages eight to twelve will meet once a month to discuss a book and enjoy related activities. July’s read will be Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux, while August’s will be The Boundless, by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. Other programs include a bike maintenance workshop for teens on July 12th, and cartooning workshops for tweens and teens in August. On July 27th, the Library is working with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba to run a teen program that combines literary exploration and visual arts. Finally, for some simple fun, the Library is hosting an afternoon of tie dye on August eighth. Bring your own white shirt, and get colourful!
The library also offers an Adult Summer Reading Club. Simply read a book, submit a review, and be entered in a draw to win a prize! Reviews can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or dropped off at the library. We’ve also prepared a list of 150 titles by Canadian authors to help you in your reading. And while you’re at the Library, why not submit a bookmark design for the Library Bookmark Contest?
Pre-registration is required for all children and youth programs. For more information, visit the Library online at www.wmrl.ca, phone 204-727-6648, or email email@example.com.