Get Your Summer Read On at the Library

School’s almost out, which means summer reading is almost here.  The Niagara Falls Public Library is once again very excited to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program.  Kids of all ages, interests and abilities can read books, earn prizes and have fun, keeping their reading skills sharp so they’ll be ready when September rolls around.  And it’s free.

To kick off this year’s TD Summer Reading Club in style, join us for Get Your Summer Read On Day this Saturday, June 15.  Your kids can have educational, close-up encounters with a variety of mammals, reptiles and birds at Safari Niagara’s Zooniversity at 12:00 p.m. at our Victoria Avenue branch.  Afterwards, at 1:00 p.m. you can drop in to meet the animals.  We’ll also have games and crafts at our Victoria, Stamford Centre and Community Centre branches.

Maybe most of exciting of all, Get Your Summer Read On is the first day you can sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club!  Drop in for your free registration kit, which includes your TD Summer Reading Club booklet and activities, a coupon for a free Frosty at Wendy’s, and your very own summer reading necklace/bracelet.  Due to overwhelming popular demand, reading for beads is back.  Earn a colourful bead for each book you read.  Complete a challenge and you could even earn a limited-edition Summer Reading Club brag tag.

If you or your family members don’t have library cards, this is the perfect time to get one.  Drop by any branch with one piece of official Ontario Government Photo ID showing correct name and address in Niagara Falls and we can get you set up in no time.  If you don’t have one piece of official Ontario Government Photo ID showing correct name and address, talk to library staff on other kinds of ID we also accept.
If you already have a card but you have fines on it, good news: this year we’re launching, on a trial basis, a Read Away Your Fines initiative to encourage reading and help children and teens, ages 0 - 17, reduce their library fines.  You don’t need to sign up to participate, just check out a book overnight and let us know how long you’ve read for and we’ll waive $1.25 in fine or item charges for every 15 minutes, up to a maximum of $5 per day.  Children who aren’t reading yet can have their parents read to them.

Finally, most of our summer camp programs are full, but we’ve still got a variety of drop-in activities happening all summer long.  Check out, call 905-356-8080 or ask staff at your nearest library branch for details.  Stay cool and have fun this summer at your Niagara Falls Public Library!

Greg Janssen is a Community Development and Programming Librarian.

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