Summer is going to look a little different this year but we promise it will still be loads of fun with a few unexpected surprises! 

Get ready for an online summer of great reads, fun activities, challenges and contests galore!

 Curbside Crafts

We are excited to announce a new program this summer - Curbside Crafts! Each week in July and August to we will be offering a take and make activity for families with children of all ages.

Curbside Crafts will be available for pick up on a first-come basis on Thursdays during our Curbside Pickup hours from 1-pm and 5-pm.

 Peterborough I Spy - weekly winners

This summer we're all staying a little closer to home, but that won't stop us from exploring our own community. We have chosen several sites in Peterborough that we want to share with you.

We'll send you a new set of clues each week so that you can try to decipher the weekly mystery location, take a selfie there, and send it to us for a chance to win a prize. Sign up for our Peterborough I Spy contest on your own or play as a team with family and bubble-friends!

How to participate:Confederation Park

  1. Sign up to receive our weekly clues by email.
  2. Put on your thinking cap and some walking shoes.
  3. Take a selfie of the mystery location - creativity gets you extra entries!
  4. Reply to the weekly clue email and attach your creative photo.
  5. Pat yourself on the back for getting out and about this summer!

We look forward to celebrating your creative sleuthing and sharing our favourite places with you! 

 Storefront Stories

Take a stroll and read a story, page by page, in the windows of stores throughout the downtown. 

 

The Perfect Seat by Minh LeThe book we have chosen for our Storefront Stories is The Perfect Seat by Minh Lê and Gus Gordon

Start your journey at the Main library and read along the trail of story pages displayed in 11 storefront windows leading you from the library to the Silver Bean Café. For an added bonus, show your library card to the staff at the Silver Bean when you buy an ice cream and get free sprinkles to celebrate!

Get the Storefront Stories Map

Thank you to all the businesses who have agreed to participate in our first ever Storefront Stories: LLF Lawyers, Pammett's Flowers, Hobies Sports Ltd., Charlotte's Web, Art School of Peterborough, Burgandy's Hair Salon Inc., The Whistle Stop Café, Brant Basics, Showplace Performance Centre, and The Silver Bean Café

 

Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Little Brown & Co Boston MA
 TD Summer Reading Club
The TD Summer Reading Club is running in an online format this year. It is a great way to keep children reading and exploring books all summer long. Children will be able to register and participate through the TD Summer Reading Club website, which launches on June 15, 2020. 
  1. Sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club online 
  2. Create your digital notebook.
  3. Read anywhere and anything. 

Earn virtual awards and digital badges for reaching reading achievements. Explore new reads, complete activities, play games, write stories, laugh at some jokes, find reviews and more! 

Weekly Themed Activities

Our doors may be closed, but we're committed to providing literacy and fun this summer to our younger members. Our goal is to make these activities accessible for all, by using materials you likely already have in your home or your backyard.

Every Monday in July and August, a new weekly theme will go live on this page. Each week will have new activities and challenges for children and families to explore.

Week 1 June 29 to July 3

 

Week 1: Canada Strong and Free

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July 1st is Canada Day! There are so many of reasons to love Canada. Have some summer fun with these red and white ideas to celebrate our Canadian pride.

Week 2 July 6 to July 10

Week 2: Colours, Crafts and Creativity

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Colour can increase mental activity, expand your thinking and allow confident self-expression. We’ve curated a collection of colourful and fun activities that will inspire creativity and imagination. 

Week 3 July 13 to July 17

Week 3: Great Outdoors and Camping 

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Let’s go outside!  Plants, animals and insects abound — follow your curiosity and find all kinds of things to discover. Explore the great outdoors with these fun family activities guaranteed to spark your child's interest in nature. 

Week 4 July 20 to July 24

Week 4: Mystery, Mazes and Magic

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Let's immerse ourselves in mysteries, and magic sure to delight and bewitch. Seeking children who love challenging plots, twists and turns, illusions, mazes, and puzzles guaranteed to confuse or amuse for hours. 

Week 5 July 27 to July 31

Week 5: Games, Sports and Fitness 

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Sports and games provide children with improved concentration, agility, coordination and teamwork that builds confidence. We hope to inspire your family to find new ways to play and get moving. 

Week 6 August 3 to August 7

Week 6: Superheroes in the City

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Superheroes come in many different forms. Let’s honour all our community heroes who keep us safe and happy everyday. Inspire young superheroes with these fun activities to help children feel like they can conquer the world!    

Week 7 August 10 to August 14

Week 7: Pirates and Ocean Life

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Ahoy Matey! Climb aboard this week of pirate adventures and activities exploring the ocean and sea life! There is a treasure of fun crafts, science, books and more to be discovered!   

Week 8 August 17 to August 21

Week 8: Mad Science - Math and Potions

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Science activities and experiments open up doors to curious minds and spark so much creativity and excitement. Create some cool reactions and foster a love for science, technology, engineering and math.

Week 9 August 24 to August 28

Week 9: Dinosaurs, Fossils and Forts

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Dinosaurs are fascinating no matter your age. We’re going back in time to the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth with “dino”-mite adventures for all budding paleontologists.

Week 10 August 31 to September 4

Week 10:  Back to Witchcraft and Wizardry School 

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Harry Potter fans unite! Get ready to sling spells and conjure crafts. Here you’ll find many spellbinding activities, games and snacks sure to inspire your magical side!