Summer Reading Program in Hamilton, Oakville and Burlington

June 23rd is the Kick Off to Burlington Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, and we’re breaking down the ins and outs of the program, plus over 15 reasons why all kids should sign up this summer. 

I’m a huge fan of the library, as are my kids. We love their kids’ programs, adult workshops, and all the money we save borrowing vs. buying new books every week. Every year, my kids are pumped to join Burlington Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. If you’ve never joined before, here’s what it’s all about, and why I recommend being part of it.





It’s Their Mission

While the process of signing up your kids for the Summer Reading Program is super simple, my kids love how “official” it seems. They get a numbered bookmark with a space to write their name. It’s like an all-access pass to the world of reading!  In addition to the bookmark, the most important piece is your reading tracker. New this year, kids and parents get to decide on the daily reading goal they want to work to achieve. My 10-year-old chose 30 minutes a day, and my 8-year-old chose 20 minutes a day. Letting them choose the goal makes me think they’ll be more likely to hit it without much reminding to read.



Who Doesn’t Love Stickers?

Kids read to their weekly goal, and when they bring their tracker into the library, they get a STICKER! Stickers are the equivalent to allowance at our house (well, close). If there’s a sticker available, it must be collected! Collect a new sticker every week, designed by Anne Villeneuve, when you hit your reading goal.



No Cost Boredom Buster

While there’s nothing wrong with kids being bored (it spurs creativity) it’s always nice to have an ace in your pocket in the form of a trip to Burlington Public Library. Check out some new books, new media, play with other kids, wander the aisles, and of course, get your Summer Reading Program tracker sticker’d! Every week there is a prize draw open to all kids who report in that week.

Weekly Prizes

  • Books for all ages and abilities
  • 3D Printer Prizes (Central and Alton locations only)
  • Active play prizes for Early Years participants (baseball glove & ball, mini soccer balls) (sponsored by Healthy Kids)
  • Burlington Bowl Passes (Donation)
  • Healthy Kids/Active Parents Summer Play Passes (Donation)



It’s Good For Them!

We’ve all heard of the Summer Slide, right?  It’s that gap between June and September when kids fall out of routine and tend to let reading fall by the wayside, causing a few weeks or more of “catch up” at the beginning of their new school year. While not all learning happens in a classroom, kids who don’t read over the summer will have missed out on 1200+ minutes of reading unnecessarily. No one wants that!



The Prizes!

Thanks to the generous donation of Burlington Public Library supporters, this years prize list reads like the swag bags given out at the Academy Awards!


Grand Prizes

  1. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (Donation): 4 Express Anytime tickets, 1 Commemorative Guide Book, 1 Plush Animal
  2. Wave Hockey (Donation): 1 PA Day Camp registration (Donation)
  3. Learning Tree (Donation): 1 Birthday Party
  4. An Outing in Aldershot: Royal Botanical Gardens family pass (Donation), Easterbrook’s $25 gift certificate Donation)
  5. A Day in Downtown: Kelly’s Bake Shoppe $25 gift certificate (Donation),  A Different Drummer Books $40 gift certificate (Donation)
  6. Books and the Big Screen: Cinestarz 8 movie tickets (Donation), Indigo $30 gift certificate
  7. Monkeynastix (Donation): 1 Summer Camp Registration
  8. Museums of Burlington (Donation): 1 Family Annual Membership for 2018/19
  9. SplitsvilleEntertainment (Donation): 1 Funville Party
  10. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre (Donation): Family pack of (4) admission tickets
  11. Buy a Bicycle: Sponsored by Healthy Kids, $200 for the purchase of a bicycle from Sportchek
  12. Mastermind Toys Family Game Night (Donation): Uno, Suspend, Bellz, and Connect 4
  13. iFutureAcademy (Donation): iRobots Birthday Party
  14. Toronto Zoo:2 Guest Passes (Donation) and a collection of animal stories
  15. Baby Bookworms:$100 Snuggle Bugz gift card and a bundle of board books.


If these reasons and this long list of prizes aren’t enough to get you into the library, just remember – borrowing anything and everything is FREE!


I love Burlington Public Library! And I hope to bump into you there this summer!

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