Registration for the annual TD Summer Reading Club has begun at all Winnipeg Public Library branches. Children up to age 12 are invited to drop by any branch of the library to register and to pick up their free bilingual reading kit that includes activities and a log to track time spent reading.
Every year the Club encourages children to improve their reading skills over the summer and reduce summer learning loss. Studies have shown that even small interruptions in reading practice can affect literacy development. Reading as few as five books during the summer will help maintain reading skills over the break. Reading six books or more can improve reading skills in time for the new school year.
Pre-readers can also join the Club by being read to by their parents, siblings or caregivers. Reading aloud to pre-school children supports early literacy skill development and improves school readiness. For more information on early literacy development, visit Winnipeg Public Library – Early Literacy. The Club runs until Friday, August 18.
An online Teen Summer Reading Club for Grades 7 to 12 is also available. For the Teen Summer Reading Club, visit Winnipeg Public Library – Booked.
Accompanying the Club are free special events and programs all summer long. Check out the July/August issue of At The Library for over 140 programs and events including movies, crafting, concerts, magic shows and story times. Most programs require registration, and all programs are free.
For Winnipeg Public Library hours, locations, and online services visit winnipeg.ca/library.