Western Counties Regional Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Club started on Saturday, June 25, offering reading rewards for children, teens and adults, and lots of programming.

This year’s theme is Myths and Legends, and the club runs through Saturday, Aug. 27 at the regional library’s 10 branches in Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties.

“It is important to help children and teens maintain their reading over the summer months,” says Shannon Raynard, Training and Development Manager at the library and organizer of the program. “The reading club helps promote summer reading while offering reading rewards for the whole family. There are even children’s reading logs and other material provided for people with print disabilities.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the first time in two years that the library can offer in-person programming in addition to StoryWalks, which are entire stories set up outdoors on page-by-page stands in and around many of the library’s branches.

To kick things off, library branches in Barrington, Clark’s Harbour and Shelburne have special programs on June 25. Programming continues to be offered throughout the summer, including three Discovery Centre touring science and environment programs on July 13 and 14 in Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne. Dalhousie University’s SuperNOVA Day Camp returns to McKay Memorial Library in Shelburne during the fourth week of August. All programming is listed in the events section on the library website at westerncounties.ca/calendar/.

As for prizes, area businesses have been very supportive of the literacy initiative with Sydney Street Pub and Café, Rudders Restaurant and Brew Pub and Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack offering gift certificates, and Coles Yarmouth providing books as draw prizes for adults reading 25 hours or more this summer. Teens can win sets of new books provided by library book supplier Whitehots Inc. and Coles Yarmouth for reading 25 hours or more this summer. Children can win a wide range of prizes such as LEGO kits and science kits provided by Belliveau Motors, Canadian Tire Yarmouth and Wilson’s Home Hardware in Barrington, two family passes to Nova Scotia Museum, ice cream gift certificates, skating and pool passes, and passes to the Mariners on Main facility in Yarmouth. To be entered in the draws, children must register with their local branch library once they register online through the TD Children Summer Reading Club website at tdsummerreadingclub.ca/.

Every child registering at the library receives a reading log and a web access code to register online. Teens and adults can sign up at their nearest library branch. For children without access to the Internet, they can call their local library branch to register.

 “We have had great support from area businesses and organizations to ensure we can provide some great reading rewards for children, teens and adults,” Raynard says.

The Children’s Summer Reading Club is for children up to the Grade 6 level. The teen club is for students entering Grades 6 or higher, up to age 18. The adult club is for people aged 18 and older.

image of Shannon Raynard with reading logs

Library Summer Reading Club organizer Shannon Raynard displays the various reading logs for children, teens and adults to track their reading over the summer.