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:
Tuesday, July 12 @ 2pm
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.
Wednesday, July 20 @ 7 pm
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 20 @ 2 pm
Lions, tigers and bears oh my… Morningside branch is having a Wild Scavenger Hunt. This is a drop in program. No registration required.
Monday, Jul 25 @ 2 PM
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.
Tuesday, July 26 @ 10 am
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.
Tuesday, August 9 @ 2 pm
- Walter Stewart Branch
Watch Madagascar for free. Drop-in, all ages are welcome!
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.
Thursday, August 11 @ 2 pm
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.
Tuesday, August 23 @ 2 pm
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.