A world of imagination awaits anxious young minds when the TD Summer Reading Program kicks off on July 5 at the Swift Current Library.
The summer program kicks off on Saturday with a 'Slug Launch' launch party. The kick off theme is based on the story 'How to Teach a Slug to Read', and will feature activities, games, prizes, and a chance to eat some marshmallow 'slugs'.
Following Saturday's launch, regular TD Summer Reading Club activities are planned for Tuesdays, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. throughout July and August before concluding on Aug. 26.
"The reason for TD Reading Program is to actually help children keep their grade level of reading up so that they don't lose it over the summer and are ready for the next level when they get into school in the fall," said Tekeyla Friday from the Swift Current Library. "We try to make it competitive so that the kids feel like they are gaining something from it and that they're accomplishing something from it, but also that it's really fun for them to want to do."
They are encouraging children to read as much as they can over the summer, and are hoping the opportunity to win some prizes is the encouragement they need to jump into a book.
"This year we're doing something a little bit different. In the past we only focussed on reading logs, which is filling out the name of the book or the chapter. This year, for the older children, we're using a calendar. And so through July and August they can write down how many minutes or hours they spent reading each day. At the end of summer we'll add it up, and the one that has spent the most time reading will earn a bigger prize."
She pointed out that they are also providing a series of other programs during a busy summer at the Library.
A Teen Writing Camp will feature four sessions on Monday's from July 21 to August 18, and is directed to teens from age 13 and up, and mature 12-year-olds will be accepted if room permits. This program will focus on story telling development through characterization, plot, while using digital tools.
Storybird, which will be offered three times during the summer on July 17, July 24 and August 21 will give children aged 8 to 12 a chance to be creative by creating their own stories, poems and chapter books.
They are also offering a TD Cyber Camp on July 18 and August 8, plus Rainbow Loom Workshops on July 21, July 31 and August 7.
Interested participants can register for these programs at the Swift Current Library or by phoning 306-778-2752.
Other summer programming like the TD Fun Time for Babes and Tots on Friday's, plus the Families in The Park on Wednesday mornings, will remain on a drop in basis.
The TD Fun for Babes and Tots, for infants up to four years of age, will be hosted on Friday's from July 11 to Aug. 29. This hour long family events will feature songs, rhymes and board books.