About the TD Summer Reading Club

The TD Summer Reading Club is a free program that encourages kids to read over their summer break from school. The program is adaptable to kids of all ages, interests, and abilities.

It gives kids an opportunity to learn and grow with each story. Kids set their own points goal, get a notebook to track their activities, and report back at the Library to earn prizes throughout the summer. Prizes like stickers, a scratch-and-sniff bookmark, and slime help keep kids motivated to reach their final goal. Our Grand Prizes are the icing on top of a sweet, page-turning summer. 

The Latest News: Throughout the summer, visit this page to see all the latest TD Summer Reading Club reading recommendations, news, photos, and events!

Join the TD Summer Reading Club

Kids can come to any branch of Halifax Public Libraries and speak with our staff to sign up. It only takes a few minutes.  

  • Registration begins Saturday, June 15.
  • You can register throughout the summer, until Saturday, August 31.
  • Visit the Library throughout the summer to report on your points goal and pick up prizes.
  • The last day to report on your goal and pick up prizes, and be entered into the Grand Prize draw, is Sunday, September 8.

We love when kids come into a branch during the summer to talk about the books they’ve been reading, pick up new ones, spend some time relaxing in our cool spaces, or take part in one of our programs. They can even read away their fines while here!

Kids' programs will run throughout the summer, starting in late June with our always-popular Summer Reading Club Kick-off Parties.

Earn points in other fun ways:

Reading is more than just picking up a book. Kids can build literacy skills without even realizing it; by telling you a story about their day, drawing a picture, or helping you write a grocery list.

Kids also learn through play, so we encourage kids to stretch their imaginations to earn points in unique ways. 

Kids can earn points by:

  • Reading, reading, reading—to themselves or someone else
  • Visiting the Library
  • Telling a joke
  • Drawing a picture
  • Writing a story
  • Exploring a museum
  • Conducting a science experiment
  • Singing a song
  • Playing a board game
  • Making a craft
  • Putting on a play
  • Anything that works your brain will help you gain!

Win cool prizes

The other big incentives are our Grand Prizes. Those who reach their goal by the end of the summer will be entered to win one of our 10 grand prizes:

  • A Mayor for a Day experience (for kids 8+). Read our 2018 prize winner, Zahara's Story, to learn more!
  • A Nintendo Switch
  • A Canada Games Centre Pool Party
  • A bike and helmet from Cyclesmith
  • An Ozobots Evo Coding Robot 
  • A $200 LEGO ™ gift certificate
  • A Family Pass to Nova Scotia Museums
  • A Family Pass to Discovery Centre
  • A Student Pass to Pier 21
  • A 10-Visit Family Pass to the Zatzman Sportsplex

Rules and regulations

Contest eligibility: All draws are subject to Halifax Public Libraries' Contest Ineligibility Policy.

Prize details: Prizes may not be exactly as shown. Halifax Public Libraries makes no warranties with regard to the prizes. Prizes must be accepted as awarded. The prizes are not transferable and there are no substitutions (in cash or otherwise). The Library reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability.

Prize notification and pick-up: Upon drawing, a parent or guardian of draw prize winners will be contacted via the telephone number provided during registration to inform them of the win. If the Library is unable to contact the parent or guardian within three (3) weeks of the draw, another winner will be selected. Draw prizes not picked up within six (6) weeks of the draw will be awarded to another eligible person. 

Mayor for a Day: For this prize, the date of the event will be negotiated with the Mayor’s office. If the parent/guardian or winner is unwilling or unable to accept the prize for any reason, another winner will be selected.

Announcement of winners: The date for Early Bird prize draws will be listed here when available. Other TD Summer Reading Club draws will take place during the week of September 18. The first names and registration numbers of the draw prize winners may be published on the Library website, and we may request the winner and parent/guardian permission to take a photo for website and/or social media use.