TD Summer Reading Club

The TD Summer Reading Club is a totally free and fun program that encourages kids to read over their summer break from school. The program is adaptable to kids of all ages (recommended for ages 3+), interests, and abilities.

It's a really special thing for kids. They make their own points goal, get a notebook to track their activities, and report back at the Library to earn their own prizes throughout the summer. Special prize incentives—like stickers, a scratch-and-sniff bookmark, and slime— keep them working towards their final goal. The potential to win a grand prize is the cherry on top of a sweet summer.

Read on to learn more about earning points, signing up, and prizes.

Join the TD Summer Reading Club

Kids can come to any branch of the Halifax Public Libraries and talk to our staff to sign up. It only takes a couple of minutes.  

  • Registration begins Saturday, June 16.
  • You can register throughout most of the summer, through Sunday, August 11.
  • Visit the Library throughout the summer to report on your goal and pick up incentives.
  • The last day to report and pick up incentives, and be entered into the Grand Prize draw is Sunday, September 9.

We love when kids come in to the 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!

There will be kids programs running throughout the summer, starting with our always popular Summer Reading Club Kick-off Parties.

Earning points: more than reading

Learning to love reading is about 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.

And, kids learn through play, so this year we are encouraging 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

Really, anything that works your brain will help you gain!

Win cool prizes

The other big incentives, of course, are our Grand Prizes. Kids who reach their goal by the end of the summer will be entered to win one of our 5 grand prizes:

  • A Mayor for a Day experience (for kids 8+)
  • A Nintendo Switch
  • A Canada Games Centre Pool Party
  • A bike and helmet from Cyclesmith
  • A LittleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
  • A $200 LEGO ™ gift certificate

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 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 is unwilling or unable to accept the prize for any reason, then 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.