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As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it's time to start thinking about how to make the most of your summer. You are invited for a summer filled with fun, learning, and adventure at the Barrie Public Library. 
 
Here are our 12 recommendations for a fun-filled summer:  

1. Sign Your Kids Up for the Summer Reading Club  

Discover the adventure of reading, join some amazing programs, and have a blast while doing it! The Summer Reading Club is a summer reading program for kids ages 3-12 and teens in grades 7-12, with a reading challenge and special programs running from July 2 until the end of August. For more information and how to register, visit the Summer Reading Club webpage.  

2. Get Sporty With Our Library of Things 

Our Library of Things collection offers a variety of items that you can borrow for outdoor summer fun. You can borrow Bocce Ball Kits, Disc Golf Sets, Tackleshare Fishing Kits, Pickleball Kits, Ping Pong Kits, Spikeball Kits, and more for free with your library card!  

3. Relax on Our Rooftop Reading Garden 

Our Downtown Library is home to a garden oasis, the Rooftop Reading Garden. Bring your book or laptop and enjoy the beautiful gardens, Muskoka chairs, tables, and benches. We also have a playhouse for kids.  

4. Discover New Reading Recommendations  

The best part of summer vacation? More time to read! Check out our curated lists of Staff Picks for inspiration. We’ve got recommendations for every age group and genre.  

5. Learn a New Skill or Hobby  

This summer you can learn a new skill or hobby with our free online resources. Try Learn It Live for live and recorded fitness classes. Access ArtistWorks for online music lessons for all learning levels. You can also learn a new language with Transparent Language. LinkedIn Learning provides training tutorials on anything from business to web design to photography. The possibilities are endless!  

6. Start Volunteering in Your Community  

Do you know a teen trying to complete their 40 volunteer hours? Or are you looking to get involved in your community? Discover volunteer opportunities on Information Barrie’s Volunteer Database. We are also looking for volunteers to fill library positions – check out our Volunteer webpage to learn more.  

7. Attend Fun Library Programs and Events  

The library is hosting free programs and events all summer long! From Friday Flicks to Knitting Circle, we have something for everyone. Visit our Events Calendar for all the details.  

8. Adventure Into the Great Outdoors 

Take advantage of our free Ontario Parks and Wye Marsh passes, available for checkout. Enjoy a day of hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the great outdoors in the summer sun! 

9. Host an Outdoor Movie Night  

What’s more fun than a movie under the stars? Borrow a Portable Projector Kit and your favourite movie from our collection for a night at the cinema in your backyard.  

10. Enjoy a New Read at a Local Park or Beach 

Take your library book or e-reader outdoors and enjoy reading at one of Barrie’s beautiful parks or beaches. It is a perfect way to relax and soak up some sun! 

11. Attend the 20th Annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival Presented by Tim Hortons 

Held annually by the Barrie Public Library in beautiful Heritage Park, the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival brings the community together for a fun-filled day of camaraderie and fundraising while racing dragon boats on Kempenfelt Bay. Save the date for the festival on Saturday, August 17. Along with watching the races, there will be fun activities for the whole family. Visit the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival webpage for more information.  

12. Participate in Simcoe Reads

Join in on the community-wide reading initiative, Simcoe Reads, which launches on July 2. This summer, dive into the six selected titles. For more information about this program, visit the Simcoe Reads webpage.  
 
From reading and learning to exploring and volunteering, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the summer in Barrie. We look forward to seeing you at the library this summer!  

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