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Stop the summer slide


By now, the research is well-known: children who don’t engage in educational activities during the summer break score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of the summer. It’s a case of use it or lose it. Children can quickly start to slide back in both math and reading skills during these two short months.

But sometimes with outdoor activities, family vacations, and maybe a little sleeping in, reading gets pushed to the back burner. We can help.

Beginning July 7 and running once a week at each library location, we’re offering Read Aloud Partners –  a chance for children in Grades 1 – 4 to discover books with a volunteer. This program is designed for reluctant readers who have learned the fundamentals of reading but need practise. As with all of our programs, Read Aloud Partners is free to attend.

And we’ve made it easy for you to arrange your child’s Read Aloud sessions around vacations and other summer activities – sign up for each session individually.


Country Hills                Tuesdays at 6 pm, July 7 – August 11

Grand River                 Tuesdays at 6:15 pm, July 7 – August 11

Forest Heights              Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, July 8 – August 12

Central Library              Thursdays at 6:15 pm, July 9 – August 13

Pioneer Park                 Thursdays at 6:15 pm, July 9 – August 13

Go to our online program calendar to register, or call your community library and register by phone. Registration opens one week in advance.


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Planning, preparation, and play – gearing up for summer

children's programs

Children’s programmers have been plotting and planning since February to bring you a full calendar of summer fun at all five library locations.

Guest post by Barb Janicek, Children’s Librarian

It’s February. It’s freezing. It’s snowing. All the children’s programmers sit around a table. “It’s time to plan our summer programs!”

Long before we even feel the hints of spring, we have the summer schedule filled with free programs meant to engage kids in fun, creative activities. Studies show that when children read during the summer, they maintain the reading levels and skills they worked so hard to reach during the school year. And they do better when they return to school in the fall. It’s the driving force behind the TD Summer Reading Club, a national campaign. We don’t tell the kids that, though! We just try to offer the kinds of programs they’ll enjoy, that will make them want to come to the library. Our hope is that they’ll be inspired to take books home with them.

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