10 fun things to do at the Toronto Public Library this summer

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I have fond memories of spending my summers walking over to my local library to take part in the summer reading program. I was (and still am!) a bit of a book worm, falling into the worlds of Trixie Belden and Sweet Valley High.

Libraries have come a long way since then and the Summer Reading Programs offer so much more than just reading. My local library here in Toronto is one of the first places I go every summer to find something fun to do with the kids. Here are 10 things you can do with your kids this summer at the library:

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Puppet Show: The Paper Bag Princess

Tuesday, July 12 @ 2pm

Richview Branch

Richview Branch is having a puppet show presentation of Robert Munsch’s “The Paper Bag Princess”. Costumes such as crowns, masks and anything royal are highly encouraged. Drop-in for families. Daycare/camp groups please call ahead to register at 416-394-5120.

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Creepy Stories from the Wild

Wednesday, July 20 @ 7 pm

Pape/Danforth Branch

Prepare yourself for a night of spooky and haunting tales, campfire-style! Be warned though, you might be spooked! Ages 7-12. Drop-in, no registration required. Please call the Pape/Danforth Branch at 416-393-7727 for more information.

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Wildlife in the City

Wednesday, July 20 @ 2 pm

Mimico Centennial Branch

Staff from the Toronto Wildlife Centre will talk about animals who live in the city. A ‘mystery guest’ animal will also be here.


Wild Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, July 20 @ 2 pm

Morningside Branch

Lions, tigers and bears oh my…  Morningside branch is having a Wild Scavenger Hunt. This is a drop in program. No registration required.


Wildlife Masks

Monday, Jul 25 @ 2 PM

Bayview Branch

Begin your animal transformation at the library with some craft supplies and a little imagination. No registration required. The library will accommodate as many families as it can fit. For more information, speak to staff at the branch or call 416-395-5460.


Ahoy Mateys! Pirate Storytime

Tuesday, July 26 @ 10 am

Pape/Danforth Branch

ARRGGHH! Ahoy matey! Head over to this branch for a swash-bucklin’ adventure as you walk the plank together and listen to pirate stories! Stories and songs will be followed by a craft. Ages 2-5. Drop-in, no registration required. Second Floor Program Room. Please call the branch at 416-393-7727 for more information.


Summer @ The Movies for Kids

Tuesday, August 9 @ 2 pm

  1. Walter Stewart Branch

Watch Madagascar for free. Drop-in, all ages are welcome!


Wild Outdoors

Thursday, Aug 11 @ 2pm

Port Union Branch

Get over to the library for a fun-filled Wild Outdoors Play Day. You will join a team and play to win different prizes. No registration required for this drop-in program. For children ages 6-10 years.


Debbie’s Balloon Library Show

Thursday, August 11 @ 2 pm

Guildwood Branch

Join Debbie and her balloons for a show packed with games, incredible balloon costumes, magic, cool music and lots of wide smiles. Limited to first 40 children, ages 4 and up. Tickets will be handed out starting at 1:30 p.m.


Button Making Workshop

Tuesday, August 23 @ 2 pm

Palmerston Branch

Create your own awesome button that you can take home! All materials will be provided. Ages 6-12. For more information please call 416-393-7680.

Stephanie Fazio

Based in south Etobicoke, Stephanie Fazio is a stay-at-home mother to two young children and a part-time PR & social media consultant. She has a love for whole food and spends most of her time in the kitchen experimenting with recipes that her family will hopefully eat. Stephanie loves spending time with her friends and family, listening to live music, reading, and dreaming of her next coffee. Follow her on Instagram here @lealoulemonade.

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