The summer weather is finally here.

It’s time to say hello to warm sunshine, bright days, and exciting programs and services at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library for all ages to enjoy.

The library has been busy adding children’s book club kits to its collection. 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 www.wsplibrary.ca/services and click on the book club kit link.

Children aged 3-12 are encouraged to participate in the 2021 Summer Reading Program which is sponsored locally by Tiny Seedlings. It’s a great opportunity for children to maintain their reading skills, have fun, and have a chance to win fantastic prizes. This year’s theme is bees, butterflies, and flowers.

The reading program, which runs from June 19 to August 27, 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 www.wsplibrary.ca.

For teens, there will be free, drop-in programs outside the library at 2 Park Drive starting July 7. A large, open-sided tent will be set up behind the pool area in order to allow for socially-distanced programs. These teen programs will run weekly from 4 to-5:30 p.m. and will feature a variety of activities. For more information on the teen activities, email [email protected].

This summer is a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. The library is lending Ontario Parks day-use passes to its customers for one week. There are three passes for loan that provide unlimited day-use access for one vehicle and its occupants to all provincial parks in Ontario where fees are normally charged.

Park capacity limitations will apply. The permits must be displayed on the rear-view mirror or dashboard of the vehicle while it is in a park. To find a list of provincial parks in Ontario, visit: OntarioParks.com/park-locator.

Residents looking for assistance with their device or computer, or are curious about the library’s digital collections, can book a virtual tech help session via Zoom. Sessions will be offered on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Email [email protected] to book an appointment.

For more details on the library’s programs, email [email protected] or call 905-642-7323.

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