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. It’s designed to inspire 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 and explore activities to spark your curiosity, and enjoy special online programs. With the online Summer Reading Club the more you read the more virtual awards and badges you’ll earn.  

Get Started

It's easy to join in and have fun this summer:

  1. Visit the App Store or Google Play to download the free Beanstack Tracker app
  2. Read books, complete activities, or write jokes, stories and reviews to earn badges
  3. Play the game, take the challenge and level up! 

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What can you win?

  • Register for SRC and win STICKERS
  • Read 4 books and win a MOOD PENCIL
  • Read 8 books and win a DESK PET
  • Read 12 books and win a 2nd DESK PET
  • Read 16 books and win a free BOOK

 

Park Puzzle Challenge

Grow your curiosity and head to 5 City of Barrie parks this summer! Find our Park Puzzle clue tripods in the parks listed below and use your brain to solve the clues to win a prize. Download the Beanstack Tracker App to play along. Need help with the clues? Find hints in the app! 

Find the Park Puzzles in the following parks:

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

Once you've solved all the clues and put the answers in the Beanstack Tracker App, come in to either library branch to claim your prize!

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 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. 

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:

  • Toronto Zoo joining us for a virtual tour of the African Safari
  • Science and Discovery programs 
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Steam Challenges (find out which ice will melt the fastest, what will sink or swim?

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

Grab and Go Crafts

Come to the library and pick up your FREE craft kit - each Monday we release a new craft! Crafts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Crafts include:

  • Helicopters
  • Windsock
  • Sponge Water Bombs
  • Catapults, and more

For a full list of when each craft will be released, check out our Events Calendar.

Teen Summer Reading

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

Join us for a weekly photography Instagram challenge (@BPL_Teen) with local author Jason George. Take a photo, tag 2 friends and share the weekly image to be entered into the draw to win a weekly prize pack.

Read and report in the Beanstack Tracker app for your chance to win a $25 dollar gift card from Amazon!

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

Register Today

Simcoe Reads

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

Learn more about Simcoe Reads.