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Outdoor spaces are the places to be this summer, and the library is moving beyond our walls to meet our community in beautiful Barrie. Find us as we travel to different parks and community centers around Barrie to celebrate our Summer Reading Club.

Find the Library from 10am to 12pm:

  • Tuesdays: at one of our Park Puzzles (Batteaux, Lougheed, Painswick, Sunnidale, or Southshore)
  • Wednesdays: Lampman Lane
  • Thursdays: Holly Community Centre

There’s lots to do when you find us in the community – sign up for our Summer Reading Club, report on your reading to win prizes, enjoy one of our StoryWalks® or solve some Park Puzzle clues. Learn more about these below!  


Park Puzzle

We are thrilled to launch our first Park Puzzle Challenge this summer. We’ve installed special clue tripods at five parks throughout the City of Barrie. Bring your sleuthing skills and see if you can figure out the answers! When you solve the clues, put your answer in the Beanstack Tracker App. Once you have earned all five badges for the Park Puzzle challenge, stop into either Barrie Public Library location to claim your prize.

Check out the Park Puzzle Challenge at these five parks:

  • Batteaux Park
  • Lougheed Park
  • Painswick Park
  • Southshore Centre - Military Heritage Park
  • Sunnidale Park

StoryWalk®

This year we are excited to have a TD SRC Summer StoryWalk® that we can bring wherever we go. While following local public health guidance, StoryWalk® visitors are invited to read the story as they stroll from one page to the next. StoryWalks® are a great way to get families reading and having fun together while developing literacy skills.  

The TD Summer Reading Club StoryWalk® is made up of 17 panels featuring text and illustrations from The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do, a short children’s story by Canadian author and illustrator Ashley Spires. 

We also have our very own Story Walk® featuring the book A Weird Week by local author and environmentalist Gwen Petreman. In this story, real animals from our natural surroundings are magically transformed into strange and colourful creatures.  


Learn, play, read and have some adventures with your library around Barrie this summer! It is a great year to get out into our community and, of course, win prizes. 

® The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

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