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School may be out for summer, but learning is always in season at Barrie Public Library! Even though summer provides a fun break for kids, there is also a negative side to the time off of school: the ‘summer slide’. The term ‘summer slide’ refers to the learning loss children experience over the months spent outside the classroom. Some studies estimate kids lose about 20 per cent of their academic ability over the summer break. Fortunately, BPL has plenty of ways to keep your kids’ minds engaged and active over the summer months!  

Take part in the Summer Reading Club

The TD Summer Reading Club (SRC) is a free program that celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators, and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading. Once registered, kids can track their reading progress on the Beanstack tracker app. The more they read, the more they win! There are all sorts of reading challenges they can take part in as well. Visit the Summer Reading Club page on our website for more information, including how to register. Both kids and teens can take part, and all the fun begins July 2nd!













Visit the library and take part in a program

In addition to reading challenges, BPL is also offering tons of exciting programs this summer as a part of the Summer Reading Club! It all kicks off with a bike rodeo at the Painswick library on July 3rd, with escape rooms, painting parties, science experiments, game nights and so much more to follow the rest of the summer. These programs and activities are designed for hands-on learning and are guaranteed to keep kids entertained and engaged!  

Try something new with the Library of Things

BPL’s Library of Things collection offers Bird Watching Kits, Fishing Kits, Musical Instruments and so much more. You can even borrow a Wye Marsh Family Day Pass! Discover a new activity is a fun and exciting way to keep kids learning in the summer months – they’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even realize it’s educational!  

We hope we'll see you at the library this summer! There are so many great opportunities for fun and learning at BPL. The sky is the limit! 


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