Book list officially kicks off the TD Summer Reading Club.
TORONTO, June 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Mayor John Tory joined Toronto Public
Library to launch the TD Summer Reading Club to keep kids reading
throughout the summer. The TD Summer Reading Club officially starts
today and registration is now open at library branches across the city.
Mayor Tory announced the Top Recommended Reads for Summertime Play for the TD Summer Reading Club today at Richview branch. R.A. Dickey,
pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, will lend his support of the
library's reading list and the TD Summer Reading Club through an online
and in-branch awareness campaign. TD Bank Group is the title sponsor of
"Our libraries are well-loved and well-used," Mayor John Tory said.
"They remind parents and children that reading, like any other
summertime activity, should be an essential and celebrated part of
every child's summer. Programs like the TD Summer Reading Club help
keep the joy of reading alive and well, and encourage children to
develop a passion for reading that lasts a lifetime."
Ranging from graphic novels to sports books to board books, the Top
Recommended Reads for Summertime Play features titles by Canadian
authors for kids 12 and under. The titles were chosen by Canadian
children's librarians and are available for borrowing at Toronto Public
"The Jays Care Foundation is thrilled to help promote the Top Reads for
Summertime Play," said Robert Witchel, Executive Director of Jays Care.
"We believe that reading, not unlike sports, is a perfect summertime
activity for kids everywhere."
"Our staff love watching children discover new books, explore their own
interests and show pride in their reading accomplishments," said Anne
Bailey, Director, Branch Libraries at Toronto Public Library.
"Participating in the TD Summer Reading Club is easy. Parents and
caregivers can go to any branch to register their child. Children
receive a notebook and special web code to track their reading, then
throughout the summer they can collect stickers and virtual badges."
The TD Summer Reading Club is a free and inclusive bilingual program of
Canadian public libraries that provides children and their families the
opportunity to make reading a fun and rewarding part of their summer.
The program is developed by Toronto Public Library in partnership with
Library and Archives Canada and is generously supported by TD Bank
"TD is committed to supporting reading and literacy programs that foster
a joy of reading," said Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations, TD
Bank Group. "Programs like the TD Summer Reading Club support the
development of crucial literacy skills that help children succeed at
school and beyond. We're very proud to play a role in that."
Toronto Public Library branches also offer programs featuring
storytelling, crafts, workshops and more, throughout the summer. For
more information about the 2015 TD Summer Reading Club, as well as
additional reading lists and activities, please visit tpl.ca/readingclub or tdsummerreadingclub.ca.
Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public
library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in
neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn
more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on
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SOURCE Toronto Public Library
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