Reading Fun for Everyone!
Why Run a TD Summer Reading Club
Reading over the summer months is crucial to a child’s life-long learning. The Summer Slide is a concerning phenomenon that occurs when children stop reading over the summer. Children lose vocabulary development, word count, and comprehension skills that are fundamental to their literacy successes. When they put the books down all summer long, they will find themselves, statistically, six weeks behind their peers when they get back to school in the fall, and then they will spend the rest of the year trying to catch up.
How it Works
The TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s largest bilingual reading program, will be taking place at all 94 public libraries across Newfoundland and Labrador this summer from June 15th – August 31st. The aim of the program is to encourage kids to read for pleasure over the course of the summer and keep their literacy skills fresh.
A child, no matter how old, can pop into any public library branch and sign up for the program. It is easy, and most importantly, it is free!! Children will sign up, choose a reading goal (whether it is the number of books they would like to read, the number of books they would like to have read to them, or the number of chapters in a book they would like to read), receive a reading log, then head home to read at their leisure!
As participants read towards their goals they can visit any branch and show their reading progress to a staff member who will have small prizes for them to take away. Every time a child comes in to a branch with their reading progress (no matter how big or how small!) they will also be entered into our provincial prize draw for a cool prize! Children of all ages are encouraged to participate!
On top of the reading logs and prizes, kids can also explore interesting, creative, and fun programs that are free with their library cards! Check out your local library’s Facebook page and our provincial Twitter for more information!
Learn more at the TD Summer Reading Club website.