Kawartha Lakes libraries offer magical summer programming for children

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library has developed a wide range of summer programs designed to not only entertain children but help those impacted by the learning disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic boost skills.

Library staff have developed a variety of programs that children and their caregivers can participate in anytime, anywhere – at any of the 14 local library branches as well as at home, online, on the road or wherever their summer takes them.

“Our summer programs are designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading which we feel is the key to building a lifelong love of reading,” stated programming and public services manager Marieke Junkin. “Parents and guardians will appreciate our engaging approach to keep kids reading all summer long.”

Online registration (www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca/src) is now open for the Summer Reading Club with in person sign up starting June 25. Families will receive a goody bag with treats and program information. Early registrants can also enter a ballot to win a cookie decorating kit.

Each child registered will receive a passport they can bring to their local branch each week to collect beads and special tags that can be strung on a lanyard.

This year’s theme is Myths and Fairy Tales. Library staff will lead children ages four to 10 through fantastic games, activities and crafts that promote a love of reading. Each branch has also created a Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt, welcoming magical creature special visits and hosting Enchanted Crafts every Saturday.

The library has also partnered with STEAM Educators from Pinnguaq Association to host two free workshops for those aged six and up to build confidence through hands-on learning while engaging with common tools, hardware, electronics and robotics.

The library’s Take Home Packs return with a different fun pack available each week in July and August. The packs come complete with instructions and supplies for an imaginative craft that kids can enjoy almost anywhere.

Of course, it’s not just children who have an opportunity to take part in fun activities this summer. The library’s Beach Blanket Bingo for adults features challenges that will encourage anyone looking to boost their summer reading.

Teens can also sign up for a limited edition library subscription box curated with special summer goodies as well as a custom made reading list.

For more information on these and other library programs visit www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca/events or contact the local library branch.

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