This was such a wonderful summer for us at the Carleton Place Public Library. We ran the TD Summer Reading Club for kids aged 0 – 11, Book Buck Bingo for our teens in Grade 5 and up, and we even had Adult Summer Reading. We built a giant TicTacToe game, and everyone played—it was a lot of fun!
We also ran our first ever Summer Literacy Tutoring program for children in Junior and Senior Kindergarten who needed some extra confidence-building with their reading. It was one of the most successful programs we’ve ever started, and we can’t wait to try it again next summer!
And throughout July and August, we ran 145 programs in the library! Can you believe it? What an amazing way to have fun! And when our community couldn’t come to us, we went to them, visiting local daycares and community centres a total of five times this summer for fun stories and songs!
While the staff at the library was wonderful in how they promoted programs, delivered programs, and encouraged people to continue reading, we couldn’t have done any of this without some very important community partners.
First up, we need to thank Kathy Boelsma and the Ontario Early Years Centre for all of the assistance with our first ever Summer Literacy Tutoring program. Your guidance, book suggestions, planning, and experience helped us to create something we could run that would benefit our youngest patrons, and give them some confidence and new skills to take back to school in the fall. We had such a great response from this–from both parents and participants–we can’t wait to do it again next summer. And hopefully, we’ll be able to expand the program in the near future to include more children, and a wider variety of grades.
Next, we must say a BIG thank you to the staff at the Mississippi Mills Public Library, and the Perth and District Union Public Library. We enjoyed being able to drop in to both libraries to view your literacy programs, hear from staff members how rewarding and exciting it is to run these types of programs, and learn from your training. We were able to offer a fantastic program right out of the gate because of your help.
We also can’t forget the staff at both Caldwell Street Public School and St. Gregory’s Catholic School, for taking time to assess students in Junior and Senior Kindergarten, for following up about our program with parents, and making recommendations to us at the library so that we could fill our literacy tutoring slots this afternoon.
We also have to thank our local TD Bank branch for putting up posters about the TD Summer Reading Club in their building. I’m sure it helped to reinforce our reading program, and also may have helped us to reach people who might never use the library.
It was such an exciting summer, and while we need a little recovery time, I’m sure we’ll start thinking about next summer very soon.