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Media Release

For immediate release June 25, 2013

Library Makes Summer Reading Fun

Halifax, NS–Opening parties for the TD Summer Reading Club (June 25‐August 29) are popping up across HRM as all branches of Halifax Public Libraries begin their action‐packed summer reading campaign for youth. This year, the library’s popular reading club has a travel theme, “Go!”—a great springboard for creative programming and summer reading fun.

“This reading club is extremely popular,” says Cynthia Gatto, Children Services Manager of the Halifax Public Libraries. “I think some of it has to do with the prizes—they are amazing—but it’s also because we’ve built a reputation for making the club lots of fun for youth, as well as important for parents who value the positive impact the club has on their children’s reading ability.”

According to the Halifax Public Libraries, research shows that reading over the summer is important for youth of all ages, and that reading for fun is the best way to help children become capable, confident readers. With programs like the TD Summer Reading Club, Library staff move young readers beyond the traditional idea of reading as a school or homework activity by integrating it with summer fun.

“Our seemingly carefree, ‘no barriers’ approach works,” says Gatto. “We tell youth they can read anything anywhere anytime. We tell them that they can use reading materials from their home or any library. As a result, registration and completion numbers have increased each year, and more children are ready to learn when they head back to school in September.” Last summer the 6912 young readers in Halifax’s TD Summer Reading Club read 101,037 books, and 17,522 children attended free children’s programs.

This year, starting with the opening parties, the Library is unrolling an ambitious summer program line‐up that features over 140 unique events. With upcoming events like “Van‐Go!gh Art Camp”, “Jungle Workshop”, and “Seuss on the Loose”— the upward trend will no doubt continue.

Parents or guardians can register youth at any branch until August 17. For more information, visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/src2013, pick‐up a July‐August Library Guide, or call 902‐490‐5753.

For more information:

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Email Kasia Morrison