_ (press release) _ ** Ottawa ** – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites kids to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC). Last year, more than 19,300 children registered for the TD Summer Reading Club at the OPL and read more than 194,700 books. This year, the club will encourage children of all ages to step out of the ordinary and be bold and adventurous through the magic of reading.
Children participating in the TDSRC will receive a special notebook to track their progress, a web access code for the virtual online club on the TD Summer Reading Club website, stickers, and the chance to win prizes. Kids can participate in the TDSRC anytime, anywhere ̶ at the OPL, at home, online, on the road where their summer takes them, or at any of the 2,000 participating public libraries in Canada.
The OPL also provides children having a print disability with materials in alternative formats, such as audio or Braille.
During the summer, OPL branches across the city will offer ‘wild’-themed programming featuring arts and crafts, dance, games, illusions, performing, science, sports, stories, technology, and much more!
New this year is the TD Summer Reading Club serial story that will be released on the TDSRC website in eight weekly segments starting in late June. The author of this first TDSRC serial story is Jess Keating; and the illustrator is Virginie Egger, from Montreal.
For school-aged children, summer can mean the loss of many of their reading skills. Active participation in the TDSRC helps reduce this “summer slide” by providing access to books and literacy-based programming while making reading fun!
Registration for the TDSRC, and all other children’s summer programs, starts Wednesday, June 15. Participants must register in person at an OPL branch.