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TD Summer Reading Program 2018

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

Hi! We are Kylie and Lauren and we are thrilled to be your Summer Program Coordinators here at the Stratford Public Library!

We have many exciting programs coming your way this summer and we look forward to meeting you: the incredible kids, families and caregivers in our community. 

Engaging programs will be offered in the library and throughout the community between July 3 - August 17th. Pick up a TD Summer Reading Kit and join us for a sneak peek of our children's summer programs during Get Your Summer Read On Week from June 18-23. Come play, learn and explore with us! 


  • All programs are free, drop-in friendly and open to all ages. One exception is Reading Buddies (registration is required).
  • Drop in to the library to get your TD Summer Reading Program kit starting June 18th.
  • Online, find books suitable for all ages.
  • Learn about 2018 artist, Anne Villeneuve
  • View our summer program brochure, or print it off for your fridge!

Maker Monday

Make, create, build, explore at Maker Mondays! Use our technology from the Maker Space lab and a variety of other unique materials.

Beat the Heat

@ Stratford Lions Pool [map]
15 William Street
Join us for stories and songs at the Lions Pool, followed by a free swim for participating children. Adults must accompany children aged 8 and under. The cost for adults to swim is $5.25. For more information, see the regulations for the Lions Pool

Whale of a Tale

Join us for interactive storytelling, songs, puppets, crafts and play.

* no programs on Monday August 6 (Library closed)

Exploring Stratford

Various locations each week.
Each week will feature interesting locations to explore and fascinating people to meet! Check our event website for a full list of locations.

Reading Buddies

4:00-4:30pm & 4:30-5pm | preregistration required
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 18. Contact Trish at / 519.271.0220 ext. 140

Fun, Fearless, Français

@ Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre [map]
Join Lauren for stories, games and activities in both English and en Français ! Whether you are taking French in school or you are a beginner eager to learn, there is something here for you!

Baby and Me Under a Shady Tree

@ Dufferin Park (Corner of  Dufferin St. and Walnut St.) [map]
What could be nicer in the summer than stretching out under a shady tree with your little one to play, read, sing & meet new friends? 

Curious Kids

10:00-10:30am | infants and toddlers
10:30-11:00am | preschool and school aged
11:00am | book lending 
@ Anne Hathaway Park [map]
Kids are curious about a lot of things, and we encourage their curiosity!  Join in this program that will explore many questions, ponderings and imaginative fun.  Through games, songs, stories and tons of excitement, the biggest question at the end of the program will be “What will we think of next?”

Imagination Station

Close your eyes tight. Now imagine if you were a pirate for a day, or if animals could talk. Picture yourself as a famous artist, or pretend that the world was upside down! Explore endless possibilities and fun activities every Wednesday afternoon this summer at Imagination Station.

Pizza FEAST: Families Eating and Storytelling Together

@ Local Community Food Centre [map]
Join us for pizza, storytime, and live entertainment.

Acorns and Oak Trees

@ Chartwell Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence, 439 Downie St. [map]
Join PLOW for this fun, intergenerational story time; enjoy books, puppets, literacy activities and crafts.

Motion Madness

@ Kemp Crescent Park [map].
Burn off some energy and have some park fun while bringing books to life, playing games, doing scavenger hunts, and much more! 

Minecraft Meetup

What would it be like if Minecraft came to life? Explore, build and combat using our materials to build your own cities and structures, or play on the app!
Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, or use one of ours at the Library!  

Paws 4 Reading!

The best listeners are our four-legged friends, so who better to read to than our furry companions? St. John Ambulance volunteers will be visiting us with their therapy dogs to join in the fun. 

Let Your Passions Soar!

*Please note: This program will be held at Shakespeare Gardens on Friday July 6 and Friday July 20

What fires your spirit and ignites your imagination? Celebrate passions that you already have or explore new ones during fun activities and experiences every Friday morning! Let your passions soar with a different theme each week. Watch for weekly social media updates.


Create the CN Tower, the House of Parliament, or something completely original! We provide the LEGO and DUPLO, you bring the inspiration.

Full. STEAM. Ahead

@ SPL Auditorium
Learn, explore, and grow together! Join us for a family drop-in hour every Saturday. This family-oriented program lets families make and create together. Each week will feature a different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) theme highlighting maker equipment and various projects.  


@ Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre [map]
Discover your inner artist! Explore and create using different materials. 

Sponsored by

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