Over 164 children, grades 1-4, from Iroquois Public School, were the delighted guests of the Iroquois Public Library on Wednesday, June 19, to help launch the 2013 TD Summer Reading Club at SD&G County Library.
Sponsored by the Toronto Dominion Bank, the summer reading program introduces children to the wondrous world of books, and helps them explore the possibilities that books represent.
Erika Heesen, communications and marketing librarian with the SD&G County Library, welcomed the children and their teachers to a special show by Bri the Cowguy. The launch took place in the civic centre, right next door to the Iroquois Library. She also thanked Clint Fleet, manager of the Toronto Dominion Bank in Chesterville for coming to Iroquois to join in the celebration.
Bri the Cowguy (Brian Wilson of Orbital Talent in another life) quickly won a new group of fans as he dazzled the children with feats of magic and juggling. He invited audience volunteers to assist him with many of his ‘tricks’, and encouraged the children to visit their local libraries often.
Stories, games and fun are all part of the Reading Club.
Parents can register children ages 3-12 at any SD&G county library branch to participate in the reading program. All library branches will be hosting weekly programs for kids ages 6-12, while some branches will also offer a program geared to younger children, ages 3-5.
The program, running July 2 to August 22, is free of charge.
Morrisburg Library offers the program for ages 6-12 on Thursdays, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Williamsburg’s 6-12 program is on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Iroquois Library offers the 3-5 year old program on Wednesdays, July 10 and August 7 at 10:30 a.m., only, and a 6-12 year old program every Wednesday at 1 p.m. All programs run for an hour to an hour and 30 minutes. Children will receive passports, activity books and stickers. Some special events or activities may be set up to coincide with the programs.
Summer students will be running the reading programs at each of the SD&G libraries, but the regular branch staff will also be on site as well.
Check for information with local libraries or go on line at http://tdsummerreading club.ca/ or at http://www.sdglibrary.ca/