On sunny days this summer, take the kids to the beach or the park. On rainy days, take them to the nearest branch of the Cape Breton Regional Library to participate in the TD Summer Reading Program.
Libraries across Canada organize Summer Reading Programs to help children continue the learning process even when school is out. Studies are unanimous that summer reading helps children’s school performance by maintaining reading skills and fostering a love of reading. Last summer, over 800 children registered for the CBRL Summer Reading Program.
This year’s program theme is SPLASH! Celebrate Summer!, and offers young readers grade primary and up a fun summer of reading, programs and prizes. Registration is free, beginning on Saturday, June 18 and continuing until August 13 at all 13 branches and the two bookmobiles of the Cape Breton Regional Library. Closing parties will be held in early September where prizes will be awarded.
When summer readers register they get a poster and stickers, a logbook (to keep track of the books or number of hours they read), and encouragement to read all summer long. All children who read 8 or more library books, or for 10 hours or more, will receive a reading certificate and a prize awarded at Closing Parties in early September.
Many local individuals, businesses and the Adopt-a-Library program donate great prizes to the Summer Reading Program. The Grand Prize will be a child/youth bike donated by the Cape Breton Post.
Kick off events are scheduled for most branches of the CBRL, including a Dunk Tank at McConnell Library in Sydney. Participants are encouraged to register and possibly send their librarian, teacher, or local celebrity for a splash.
Registration begins Saturday, June 18, and the Summer Reading Program Kick Off events will take place at the following CBRL branches: Sydney – June 18, 11 am; North Sydney – June 18, 2:30 pm; Glace Bay – June 18, 2 pm; Reserve – June 20, 2:30 pm; Louisbourg – June 22, 3 pm; Dominion – June 23, 4 pm; Ingonish – June 28, 3 pm.