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Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals to help young people through emotional or mental health challenges or experiences they might face.

If you need help, call a counsellor at 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 to chat with a volunteer Crisis Responder 24/7.

Youth

TD Summer Reading Club

We are happy to offer a COVID-safe TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) this summer. Kids will be able to register and participate online on the TD Summer Reading Club website.

On this website, kids will be able to track their reading by adding the books they read to their digital notebooks. We also have a limited supply of print notebooks (available upon request) that kids can use to track their reading offline. Kids can track more than just reading – anything that helps boost literacy skills and helps them learn counts. Some examples of activities that help kids learn are:

  • playing games (board games, sports, etc)
  • doing arts and crafts
  • trying out new recipes with an adult
  • going on a walk or scavenger hunt outside
  • writing and telling jokes or stories

The TD website will offer of eBooks available for all ages and interests, offered in both English and French. There will also be fun activities that can be done online, including reading and writing ghost stories, telling jokes, participating in weekly trivia, and voting in the Battle of the Books.

Studies show that school-age children lose some of their reading ability over the summer months if they do not continue to read while they are out of school. Summer reading programs are a proven tool to help bridge the gap between school years and maintain academic achievement.

Co-created and delivered by 2,000 public libraries across Canada, development of this national, bilingual program is led by Toronto Public Library in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. Sponsorship is generously provided by TD Bank Group.

As part of the TD Summer Reading Club, ECRL will offer fun virtual events, prize draws, and more throughout the summer.

Registration

To register, visit the TD Summer Reading Club website. Kids should have an adult help them sign up.

If any kids would prefer to participate offline, let us know. You can do so by calling either your nearest branch or our Headquarters location (1-855-787-7323), or by emailing youth@ecrl.ca. We can offer print materials, including a notebook printed in either English or French, that kids can use to track their reading. These materials can be mailed directly to you, or you can pick them up via Curbside Pickup at your nearest library branch. Large Print notebooks are available on request. All print materials are available as supplies last.

Goals and Prizes

Research shows that children who engage in conversations with adults have better language and cognitive skills. Consider book reporting as a fun way to start a conversation with kids about what they’ve read. 

We recommend that kids have a goal of reading or learning through activity for at least 20 minutes per day. Every time kids reach 100 minutes spent reading or learning, they can report this to library staff for a chance to win a fun prize at the end of the summer. With an adults help, they can use this form to tell us a bit about what they read or did to be entered in the draw. 

For kids participating offline to be entered into the prize draw at the end of the summer, adults can call their local branch, or call our Headquarters location toll-free at 1-855-787-7323 to let us know how many minutes kids have logged over the summer. Please call before August 15th.

Talk about it!

We think it is important to talk about what you are reading or learning. Kids can either talk to a family member or friend about what they have read or learned, or tell library staff when filling out the Report Form each time they reach 100 minutes.

Some examples of conversation starters kids might want to use when talking to friends and family about what they’ve read are:

  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • Did you like the ending of the story?
  • If you could give the book another title, what would it be?
  • Would you like to meet any of the characters in real life?
  • Would you want to be part of this story?
  • If there were pictures or illustrations in the book, did you like them?
  • Can you make up a different ending to the story?

If kids are counting activities they took part in instead of reading, they may wish to pick one of the following conversation starters instead:

  • What activity did you participate in? 
  • Did you learn something new?
  • What did you notice about your surroundings while doing this activity?
  • What part of the activity was the most fun?
  • What part of the activity did you find most difficult?

Questions?

If you have any questions about this service please contact us by email at youth@ecrl.ca or by calling your nearest branch. All are also welcome to call our Headquarters location toll-free at 1-855-787-73

Children's Performer Summer Tour 2021

FREE virtual shows & educational workshops, all summer long!

Nova Scotia public libraries are presenting a series of virtual shows and workshops with Canadian children’s performers and educators as part of the TD Summer Reading Club. All are welcome to join us!

Performances and workshops are hosted on Zoom by the library. Simply click on the link (see below) on the day of the show. All devices are accepted.

Click here to view the lineup and join the fun!

Follow ECRL on social media to view virtual storytimes presented by ECRL staff throughout the summer!

    

hoopla Summer Reading Club Selections

Check out the Digital Catalogue, or view the Audiobook or eBook collections.

TDSRC Quick Links

TD Summer Reading Club Website

Register and have fun exploring the website! Registration is now open.

ECRL Report Form 

Let us know every time you've logged 100 minutes for the chance to win a prize at the end of the summer!

Digital Collection

Visit our digital collection of eBooks and Audiobooks for Kids and Teens on OverDrive. Try Libby, the OverDrive app! Libby makes it easy to read and listen to your favourite books on the go.

Meet Libby

Use hoopla to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! There are many titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla even provides a digital catalogue of books and other digital materials created specifically for the 2021 TD Summer Reading Club. Check it out!

Visit our Digital Content page to learn about other ways you can use the library online.

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