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TD Summer Reading Club 2021

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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 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 22nd. 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 register online for the program at any point over the summer. 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 virtual reading log, and then read at their leisure! Learn more at the TD Summer Reading Club website.

NLPL is committed to providing online programming to all of our readers this year through our YouTube platform and social media. We hope participants will join us by sharing their reading journeys using the hashtags #nlpltdsrc2020 and #readtogethernl.

For a full list of our summer programming, please visit

Schedule (June 15th – August 22nd)

Mondays – Summer Reading Challenges

Each week Emily Blackmore, Children's and Youth Services Librarian, will provide a challenge to encourage children and families to read throughout the summer. Participate in these weekly challenges and notify Emily by email, at, to be entered to win an exciting weekly prize. Weekly challenge videos will be added to the Weekly Challenge page every Monday.

This will be offered on the NLPL YouTube channel.

Tuesdays – Summer Reading Storytime

A short storytime, recorded by Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library Staff from across the province, will be shared on the guide. Visit the Summer Storytime page every Tuesday for a new video full of stories, songs, and rhymes.

Thursdays – Summer Fun!

Join us weekly on Thursdays this summer as we share an exciting and engaging activity. Spend time as a family completing activities and get further inspiration from the books suggested. Visit the Summer Fun! page every Thursday for a new video and a new activity.

This will be offered on the NLPL YouTube channel.

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