How Get Your Summer Read On Was Fun

July 5, 2016 | Melanie B

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A couple weeks ago my friend Robbie told you about Get Your Summer Read On Day, which was on June 25. It was a day when Toronto Public Library branches (and all participating libraries across the country) were celebrating the start of the TD Summer Reading Club, and encouraging children to register for the Club. I am so happy to report that 3,000 kids across Toronto registered for the Club on June 25 alone. That’s amazing! Way to start your summer reading adventures, kids!

Of course, it’s not too late to sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club. Drop by your local branch whenever it’s convenient for you this summer, and your child can get started. If your kid is going to camp, the cottage or even another continent, the Club can go with them. Just let the library staff person know that you’ll be travelling, and he or she will be sure to set everything up.

On Get Your Summer Read On Day, I had the pleasure of visiting a bunch of TPL branches, and here's a quick rundown of my day:

Melanie Wild Hair

In keeping with the spirit of “wild”, I couldn't help but style my hair in what I consider a pretty wild ‘do for the occasion. I got a few perplexed looks and a couple of compliments on my "hat". There's a lot of hairspray, bobby pins and hair elastics keeping everything in place!

 LHS Garden

It was a beautiful day, so children at Lillian H. Smith Branch met in the community garden behind the library to plant seeds which will bloom throughout the summer. Thank you to our friends at the Huron Street Garden who helped us. New Toronto Branch also planted seeds on the same day. The more flowers the better! If you missed out, Wychwood Branch will be planting seeds on Tuesday, July 5 at 2pm. Drop by!

ND Jackson 

Our friends Jackson and his dad, who you may have heard are touring every single Toronto Public Library branch, met up with us at Northern District Branch for some mask making, bingo, to take photos in our photo booth and – of course – to check out some new reads.


 OV Tree  

We dropped by Oakwood Village Library & Arts Centre and couldn't help but admire this beautiful tree which staff created. Check out the branches that stretch across the ceiling, and the little creature keeping watch. 

BRW Photo Booth

And speaking of our talented staff, here's a photo cut-out board which the folks at Bridlewood Branch made. This will be at the library all summer, so be sure to get a snap if you drop by.

SCC Registration

There was a great crowd of children and their families eager to register for the TD Summer Reading Club at our Scarborough Civic Centre Branch. Don't forget that the Club is for kids of all ages! If your child is a pre-reader, he or she can participate too with your help. Just ask staff for details.

AG Staff

As Robbie mentioned in his blog post, on June 25 each child who registered for the Club was entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming Blue Jays home game. Staff at Agincourt Branch really got in the baseball spirit and wore their Jays gear, plus set up a Get Your Summer Read On display. 

Club Kit

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Get Your Summer Read On Day. It was a pleasure to meet you & share in our excitement about TD Summer Reading Club. We've got a wild summer ahead full of great reads and fun activities - we hope to see you and your children back soon!