Media Release

For immediate release June 19, 2009

TD Summer Reading Club
Agent 009: get reading to solve the mystery of how to have the best summer ever

The TD Summer Reading Club begins at Halifax Public Libraries on June 23. It’s one of the library’s longest-running programs.

Every year, starting in late June and running through August, children ages 5 to 12 can read their way through summer by joining the Summer Reading Club. Children set a personal goal of how many books they can read during the summer and collect rewards as they read. Children also have a chance to win prizes, including family passes to the Discovery Centre, the Museum of Natural History and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, a Wii console, a deluxe party at the Putting Edge Fun Center, a bike and helmet and more.

“Having fun is what the Summer Reading Club is all about,” said Karen Dahl, regional manager of youth services for Halifax Public Libraries. “The best way to get kids excited about reading is to connect them with things they love. Fantasy, adventure, humour, cool facts, survival, friendship, things to make and do — we’ve got something for everyone at the library. Tuck a magazine or comic into your beach bag, relax under a tree with a great story, play an audiobook on your road trip or tackle a neat project with help from a how-to book. It all counts.”

Reading over the summer is important for children because it helps maintain and increase literacy skills, preventing the “fall-back” that many students experience while out of school. The Summer Reading Club also encourages children to read freely for their own enjoyment, making reading a natural part of their recreational lives.

This year’s Agent 009 theme has inspired over 35 interactive spy and mystery programs at branches throughout HRM. Participation in the Summer Reading Club and all of its programs is free. Check out the July/August Library Guide or halifaxpubliclibraries.ca for more information.

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852