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Oct. 20, 2019 | Sunday
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Library infuses sneaky learning into children's summer programming
Kasia Dupuis, children’s library services associate, shows off the passport for the summer reading program launching on June 22. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Children can read for beads this summer at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library as the Sky’s the Limit 2019 summer reading club kicks off June 22.

Kasia Dupuis, the children’s library services associate, said the program is the perfect way to infuse sneaky learning opportunities into summer activities.

With registration, each child will receive a necklace and a passport. For every book read, they will earn a bead for their necklace.

“On the inside of the passport there’s also a whole bunch of summer tasks. So, learn the phases of the moon, find a book that your parents loved when they were a kid and read it, and all of these other kinds of physical tasks, moving around tasks – they can earn different kinds of beads for those as well,” she said.

Learning from similar successful programs at other libraries, Dupuis said the necklaces are perfect for promoting summer reading.

“Kids love to collect things and they like to show off things that they’ve done. So, I thought the necklace was a natural element of that. Also, within the reading and the collecting of the beads and everything attached to the summer reading program, there’s inherent learning.”

The reading club is free and will run all summer.

The library will also host a variety of children’s activities throughout the summer, including Crafternoons, Fam Jam Story Time, Club Code and Minecraft Club. Some costs may apply, and registration may be required. Visit NOTLPublicLibrary.org to register for the program.

Brand new this year, the library will feature Power Off and Play: On the Road – where library services will travel to different neighbourhoods around NOTL to bring interactive activities, storytime and adventure from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, weather permitting. See the website for details and specific dates.

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