Library promotes summer reading programs

The summer continues with long, lazy days, hot afternoons, and exciting programs and services at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library for all ages to enjoy.

The 2021 Summer Reading Program is in full swing and runs until August 27. Children aged 3-12 are encouraged to participate in this fun and exciting program that allows them to maintain their reading skills and have a chance to win fantastic prizes. The theme is bees, butterflies, and flowers. The library is offering one-on-one reading sessions with Teen volunteers over Zoom, moderated by Summer Reading Coordinator McKenna Jackson.

The program will use the Beanstack App to track reading progress.  To login or register with the Beanstack App, customers can download the app for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. You can also link to the Beanstack App through the library’s website at

The library has also been busy adding children’s book club kits to its collection for checkout. Each book club kit has 10 copies of one book, making it easy to hold a family book club, or a virtual book club with friends. To see available book club kits, or to reserve a kit, visit the library’s website at and click on the book club kit link.

York Region and Durham Region libraries have teamed up to present the Superstar Storytellers Summer Series. This free virtual program series will bring amazing authors to you.

August 3 at p.m. showcases Justin A. Reynolds (author of The Opposite of Always) and Pablo Leon (illustrator of Justin A. Reynold’s graphic novel Miles Morales: Shock Waves). August 17 at 7 p.m. features Aron Nels Steinke (author of the Mr. Wolf’s Class graphic novels), Jess Keating (author of the Elements of Genius books) and Katy Farina (artist of the Baby-Sitters Little Sister graphic novels).

For those that want to enjoy reading and the outdoors, they should check out the library’s Storywalks which are held outdoors at various parks in Stouffville. A storywalk allows you to enjoy reading a story as you stroll along from one page to the next. This summer’s storywalk features the book The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires. The August storywalks will be held on Saturdays from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at Sunnyridge Park (Aug. 7), behind the library (Aug. 14) and Madori Park (Aug. 21).

The library also has lots to keep teens busy this summer. The Teen Outdoor Hub continues on Wednesdays outside in the tent at 2 Park Drive. There will be free, drop-in teen activities and programs from August 4-25th from 4-5:30 p.m.


Photo: Library summer reading coordinator McKenna Jackson.





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