Summer Reading Club

Get ready for Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all interests and abilities. 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.  

Smartphone with Beanstack Tracker app

How it Works

The club is designed for kids aged 3 to 12 years old. Kids can participate online anytime, anywhere – wherever summer takes you. Read stories, explore activities to spark your curiosity, and enjoy special programs and performers. 

View our Summer Reading Club Flyer in English and French for all the fun events and activities

Get Started

It's easy to join in and have fun! Register starting Tuesday July 2

  1. Visit the App Store or Google Play to download the free Beanstack Tracker app
  2. Choose Barrie Public Library as the site you want to join.
  3. Create an account and register for the kids SRC challenge (in English or French)
  4. Read books, complete activities, or write jokes, stories and reviews to earn badges
  5. Play the game, earn the badges and try to get them all. 

Read and WIN prizes!

  • Read 5 books and win a Pencil
  • Read 10 books and win a Glow Stick
  • Read 15 books and win a Desk Pet
  • Read 20 books and win a Flying Disc
  • Read 25 books and win a Second Desk Pet
  • Read 30 books and win Free Book

 After 30 Books you earn a ticket in the app to use towards any of our Weekly August Prize Packs!

August Prize Packs

For every badge you earn beyond 30 books read you earn a ticket in the Beanstack Tracker App. Use those tickets towards our end of summer draw. Which are full of fun.

BPL on the GO

Outdoor spaces are the places to be this summer, and the library is moving beyond our walls to meet our community! Find us as we travel to different parks and community centres around Barrie to celebrate our Summer Reading Club (weather dependent, of course!).

Join us for fun in the community starting at 10 am:

  • Mondays in the John Edwin Coupe Park for a Storytime and some featured guests
  • Wednesdays at the Peggy Hill Team Community Centre Park or Lampman Lane Park
  • Thursdays at St. Vincent Park
  • Fridays at Painswick Park or with the City of Barrie at our beaches

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 and have fun.

Kids' Activities

Join us for lots of great kids' activities this summer that will engage your child to discover, learn, play, and read. Some of our events include:

 For a full list of our events check out our Events Calendar.

Weekly Crafts

Come to the library and create together  - each week we release a new craft! join our Children's Program Assistant as they demo the craft at our library locations during our Craft Stop Program.

Craft Stop runs:

  • Tuesdays Downtown at 2:30pm
  • Thursdays, Painswick at 2:30pm
  • Fridays, Holly at 2:30pm

Teen Summer Reading

Register Soon

Students in Grades 7-12 are invited to join the Summer Reading Club starting Tuesday, July 2, 2024! The more you read the more virtual awards and badges you’ll earn. Explore new reads, write reviews, complete activities, and more. 

Read and report in the Beanstack Tracker app for your chance to win a $25 dollar gift card from Amazon!. Draws happen weekly. The more you read the more you win. 

  • Register: Get a Sticker
  • Read 4 books: Get a fuzzy head pen
  • Read 8 books: Get a desk pet
  • Read 12 books: Get a Frisbee
  • Read 16 books: Get Sunglasses and a beach ball
 Events to look forward to:
  • Percy Jackson Escape Room
  • VR Night
  • Sketchbook Sessions

Come and join us on Wednesday Evenings Downtown for a chance to do some crafts. Each week we will feature a different activity related to a theme:

  • July 3: Get Your Glow On (Glow in the dark/neon crafts)
  • July 10: Studio Ghibli 
  • July 17: Space theme
  • July 24: Hello Kitty
  • July 31: Alice in Wonderland
  • August 7: Taylor Swift
  • August 14: Supernatural
  • August 21: Cartoon Network

 Visit our Teen Reviewer's Page for great reading suggestions from other teens!

Simcoe Reads

We've teamed up with other libraries in the region to bring you Simcoe Reads, a fun virtual book adventure for adults and teens! Based on Canada Reads, each library selects a Canadian book and a local celebrity champion. Read all the books over the summer, pick your favourite and then enjoy a live debate in the fall to see which book is crowned the winner. 

Learn more about Simcoe Reads.