Canada! Summer Reading 2017

Join us for the TD Canadian Children's Summer Reading Program!

animals and kids in a canoe, illustrated


Thanks for hanging out with us this summer! While the majority of our summer programs are now over, our Coast to Coast reading challenge continues! Also be sure to visit our events page to see what's happening at SPL all year long! Great programs happening on a regular basis and fun events planned for holidays and PA Days. 

Coast to Coast Race Results!

two colourful children playing with a canadian goose, illustrated

It's been an amazing journey!  Over 37,000 kilometres in total have been accumulated this summer fueled by the power of reading! Thanks to all participants, and their parents for sharing in the joy of reading and learning about our awesome country.  Congratulations to all racers!  

We have 3 teams that have made it to the east coast!  

St. Aloysius team has made it to Newfoundland!  Due to an incredible number of books/chapters added to their tally in the past week, they took the lead and reached their destination.  While in Newfoundland St. Al's  team might see the sites of the capital city of St. John's.  Don't miss out on the many ecological reserves, world renowned Provincial and National Historic Sites, cultural and interpretative centres while you are there.  Be sure to snap photos of herds of caribou, seabird colonies, icebergs and whales!  And don't forget to check out Cape Spear,  the most easterly point in North America. The Cape Spear Lighthouse, which was built in 1835,  is the oldest existing lighthouse in Newfoundland.  

Bedford Bulldogs and Stratford Middle Years racers are not far behind and made it all the way to Prince Edward Island.  You'll want to make a trip to Cavendish,  to explore Avonlea Village and Green Gables Heritage Place. Here you will learn about one of Canada's most famous fictional characters Anne Shirley, more commonly referred to as Anne of Green Gables.  Prince Edward Island Be sure to check out the amazing beaches in P.E.I and take note of the smooth warm sand, red sandstone cliffs, soft blue sky, and the white-capped waves of the surrounding seas. While there, you might search for snails, starfish, minnows and shells of all kinds. Don't forget to check out Prince Edward Island National Park.  Please don't leave the island before visiting Stratford, Prince Edward Island and taking a peek at their library while you are there!

Team Jeanne Sauve made it to our nation's capital city of Ottawa!  What a great place to visit during Canada's 150 celebrations.  You'll definitely want to visit the Parliament buildings while you are there.  To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, a selection of Canada's foundational documents are on display in a new exhibit in the Library of Parliament. This special exhibit, completed in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, can be seen as part of a guided tour of Centre Block.  Centre Block is home to the 92.2-metre (302-foot) Peace Tower, an beautiful bell tower that keeps time for the Ottawa's downtown core with the help of 53 bells.  Explore the ByWard Market, check out the Rideau Canal or stroll along Sussex Drive. 

Team Browser has been traveling the western shores of Lake Superior and as made it all the way to Thunder Bay, Ontario!   While there you might star gaze at the Thunder Bay observatory, walk across Canada's longest suspension bridge at Eagle Canyon, or learn about Thunder Bay's 50 million ton City mascot, known as the Sleeping Giant.  Just outside of Thunder Bay you will have the chance to visit the Terry Fox Monument, built in recognition of the Marathon of Hope. Terry, who was a cancer patient, set out from St. John's Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 to physically run a similar journey to our Coast to Coast journey.  He wanted to run across Canada raising awareness for cancer research.   Then, on September 1st, 1980, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres of running  Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because he was too sick to continue.  Even though Terry died a little while later, The Terry Fox Run continues every September across Canada and in other parts of the world.

The Hamlet Hornets have made it to Winnipeg, Manitoba!  While you are there, you will have to check out The Forks!  No, in Winnipeg The Forks are not something to eat your spaghetti with, The Forks refers to the place where the Red River meets the Assiniboine River.  For many years this has the been the meeting place in the summer for people for people to shop, enjoy the scenic sites, play at the play area and water park or in the winter, skate on one of the world's longest skating trails. One of Winnipeg’s most beautiful buildings is the Royal Canadian Mint with its reflective glassy windows. Once  inside,  you might have the chance to hold a gold bar worth more than $750,000 (it’s really quite heavy), see Olympic gold medals that were made for Vancouver 2010 and watch coins being made for 75 different countries!  Amazing! Before leaving Winnipeg, be sure to checkout the polar bears at the Assiniboine Zoo.

Stratford & District Christian School racers, Anne Hathaway Hawks and Shakespeare Sharks have read their way to Regina, Saskatchewan's capital city!  Checkout the Saskatchewan Science Centre for some real science and real fun!  Then make your way to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre.  There you can saddle up and try out their newest interactive exhibit!  Filmed in Ottawa at the RCMP Musical Ride Training Centre, the Musical Ride Virtual Reality Exhibit invites guests to literally “hop in the saddle” and join members of the 2015 Musical Ride as they practice some of the trickiest dance moves.  Finally, check out the Age of the Dinosaurs exhibit at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

The Romeo Roadrunners are in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.  They could visit the Battlefords Goose Project, a managed wetland that is home to migratory waterfowl.  Keep your eyes peeled to see ducks, shorebirds, and even pelicans! The  Roadrunners won't want to miss the chance to learn more about birds!

St. Joseph's School racers made it to Alberta's capital city, Edmonton.  While there, visit West Edmonton Mall where you can do some shopping, slip down a waterslide and ride a roller coaster!  Be sure to pop over to Westlock, AB and say hello to our TD Summer Reading friends at Westlock Public Library.

The Avon Eagles made it to Fort McMurray Alberta this week!  Before the weather gets too chilly there, you can  climb, zip, jump and swing through the trees at Wild Play Element Parks.  You might want to check out The Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray, located at the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world's biggest single oil deposit.   At the centre, you will experience the history, science, and technology of the oil sands. It's the closest you can get without boots and a hard hat!

We hope you enjoyed taking part in the Coast to Coast Reading Challenge and all of our TD Summer Reading Club programs!   It's been a great summer and we look forward to seeing you lots during the school year!  Don't forget that the library will have free drop-in activities for students on PA Days and during the holidays in December and March Break.  Hope to see you soon!

Tots and Treasures

10-11:30am | all ages
McCarthy Place Retirement Residence
200 McCarthy Road
Join the Early Years Centre and PLOW for this intergenerational program featuring play time, crafts, stories and songs.

Beat the Heat

1:30-2pm | all ages
Stratford Lions Pool
15 William Street
Join us for stories and songs at the Lions Pool, followed by a free swim for participating children. Lions Pool Policies

Whale of a Tale

6:30-7:15pm | all ages
Join us for interactive storytelling, songs, puppets, crafts and play.

* no programs on Monday August 7 (Library closed)

PLOW at the Park

10-10:30am | toddlers
10:30-11am | preschoolers
Anne Hathaway Park, 103 Bruce St
Join us in the park for stories, songs and you can borrow books too! Rain location is Stratford Public Library

Team STEAM Challenge

1-2pm | all ages
Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre
Take the challenge every week! We'll be exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) concepts through fun challenges. Bring your own team, or join one when you arrive to see if you will be raising the Team Challenge cup! 

Reading Buddies

4-4:30pm & 4:30-5pm | JK-grade 6 | preregister
Reading Buddies helps build children's confidence reading in English or French by pairing them with volunteers who read with them and do other fun activities each Tuesday for 8 weeks. Registration begins June 17. Contact Trish at ext. 140

Sponsored by

TPL, Government of Canada and TD bank logos, organizers of TD Summer reading program