The Niagara Falls Public Library is hoping to get kids fired up about the love of reading this summer, with the library kicking off its summer reading clubs at its “Get Your Summer Read On Day” on June 18.
The day will see anyone registering for summer reading clubs at any of the library’s three branch locations entered into a draw to win a family-friendly prize. The drop-in events, running from noon to 3 p.m., will feature scavenger hunts, a creature naming contest and button, balloon and sticker giveaways.
Library CEO Alicia Subnaik Kilgour said it’s exciting to be able to have an in-person event to celebrate the start of summer reading, after two summers of limited or strictly summer reading clubs due to the pandemic.
The summer reading clubs are particularly important this year after kids have endured so many disruptions at school because of COVID-19, she said.
“Summer reading brings our community together in an interactive and entertaining way while also supporting reading and literacy, which is more important than ever after two years of interrupted learning,” said Subnaik Kilgour.
There will be three reading clubs, each a bit different based on age of the readers. Each challenge runs from June 18 to Sept. 5.
Kids up to age five can register for Every Child Ready to Read, while the Kids Summer Reading Club is available for children aged five to 13. Both clubs are based on the TD Summer Reading Club program and co-ordinating booklets will be given to each child when they register.
Teens and adults can take part in the 9 to Try Challenge, which will encourage reading books in nine different categories over the summer.
Readers will use a website or the Beanstack app to log their reading minutes and complete literacy activities over the summer. The library is also bringing back its bead program for the first time since 2019, in which kids earn points for every 20 minutes of reading and can redeem the points for beads.
Necklaces included in each registration package can have beads added over the summer.
For people who can’t regularly log reading into Beanstack, library staff can set up an off-line account.
Any child up to age 13 who logs at least five hours of reading in Beanstack before Sept. 5 and any teen aged 14 or older and any adult who reads at least 10 hours will be entered to win two passes to Niagara Parks attractions and historic sites, worth about $417.
This year also has a new school challenge, the Readers Cup. The Niagara Falls school whose students record the most minutes of reading over the summer will win the trophy.
The library branches are located at 4848 Victoria Ave., the MacBain Community Centre and at 3763 Main St. in Chippawa.