FREE Summer Fun: The Library

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It’s summertime, the kids are off, and whether you’re at home with them full time or part time, you may be looking for ways to keep them occupied – without breaking the bank! We are going to be bringing you some fun summer activities and adventures over the next few weeks that are FREE or nearly free. For more ideas, search FREE SUMMER in the search bar at the top right. 

We talk about the London Public Library a lot and that’s because it is so full of wonderful, FREE activities for your kids, year round. Summer is no exception. Each branch currently has a flyer that you can take home outlining all of the special days and events running, along with the age range and whether advanced registration is required. Drop in at your closest or most preferred library and pick one up.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The obvious things you can do are find books to read and read them! There are also toys, puzzles, train tables, and computers to play, and often crafts or learning activity stations. You can also read or rent magazines, rent movies, music, audio books, and comics/graphic novels. Summer activities include: Story Times, Family Movie Nights,Books for Babies, TD Summer Reading Club, Mad Science, Sparky the Fire Dog, insects, puppets, magic, coding, origami and so much more! Activities vary by branch.

HIDDEN COSTS

If you’ve lost your library card, there will be a $2.00 replacement charge. There is also the risk (a very real risk in my house, unfortunately!) that you’ll forget a book or two and have to pay the late fees. Remember: books and CD’s are 21 days, DVD’s and Quick Picks are 7 days.

MORE INFORMATION

For locations and branch hours, see HERE.

For branch programs, see HERE.

 

Summer Reading Club

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The TD Summer Reading Club is up and running at all London Public Libraries. This program is open to all school-aged children in London. Whether you have an avid reader at home or one that struggles to read, this program is perfect to prevent that summer slump and keep kids turning the pages in the sunshine.

SUMMER READING CLUB

The program runs at each public library from now until August 22, 2015. Kids must visit a library to register. Upon registration, they will receive a small package with stickers, a passport, and all of the things they’ll need to participate.

Once registered, start reading! Every book your kid reads can be recorded in their Read to Play notebook. Everything counts! Books, novels, short stories, magazines, comics, just start reading. Visit any library during regular library hours and tell a librarian about what you read to earn stamps. Once your card has five stamps, drop it in the ballot box for a chance to win some cool prizes! You may only collect five stamps per day, per kid. Spending too much time by the pool? Submit your book report online HERE to earn ballots as well.

Want to earn more stamps? Do a few of the activities presented: Draw a map of where you live, Visit a grocery store and make a list, Play a game or Do a puzzle.

BOOK SUGGESTIONS

Not sure where to get started? The library website is full of great ideas for books and reading material that kids love. Have a look HERE.

If you have younger kids, grab one of the bags-to-go at either the front of the library or the kids section. A selection of books have been put together by the librarians for when you don’t have time to search and are open to reading something new.

Most libraries also have a number of books on display for all ages, there are reviews online of things that other kids have read, and you can always spend some time at the library browsing the shelves. Set a goal with your kids or for yourself and get reading!

2015 Reading Challenge

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While people may be making New Year’s resolutions, choosing words and intentions for 2015, starting money challenge or beginning fitness journeys, I tend to begin each year excited for a fresh new Reading Challenge. Does that make me a big nerd? I’m okay with that. I love to read and I love a good challenge.

The internet is full of reading lists that you can attempt, but I’m going to challenge you to complete this one. Join the forum and track your progress with the rest of us. Every time you finish a book, let us know. Need an idea for a book? See what everyone else is reading! There are 26 books to complete this challenge – that’s one every two weeks.

Think you can do it?

Ready… Set… READ!

LONDON MOMS 2015 READING CHALLENGE

1. A book published the year you were born.

2. A book of fiction.

3. A book of nonfiction.

4. A book of short stories.

5. A chapter book read to your child/ren and/or fur/feather/fin babies.

6. A book of short stories.

7. A book you read (or should have read) in your teens:

8. A Young Adult book.

9. A book written by a celebrity (not a celebrity for their writing!).

10. A book by someone who is deceased.

11. A book with more than 500 words.

12. An instruction manual.

13. A book-turned-movie/TV show.

14. An award-winning book.

15. A book by a Canadian author.

16. A book by a female author.

17. A book about a mother.

18. A book in a genre you would never choose to read.

19. The second book in a series.

20. A book your partner/friend recommends.

21. A book your boss recommends.

22. A book with publications in multiple languages (more than just English and French).

23. A book where a character gives birth.

24. A book that involves sports.

25. A book from another LondonMoms booklist.

26. Your favourite children’s book.