Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading 2021

Join Wellington County Library for Summer Reading challenges and activities for all ages! Having fun is key to building a lifelong love of reading and the benefits of reading are endless; including reducing stress, connecting with others, and experiencing new things. 

From July 5 – August 27, participants of any age can pick up weekly herb seed kits and at-home activities. Plus, read to enter grand prize draws from your local branch, including a 1-year park pass and goodies from local businesses.    

Kids ages 0-12 will receive a free TD Summer Reading Club kit and can sign up for virtual science workshops and special guests throughout the summer.

Registration opens Saturday, June 19. Last day to enter is Friday, September 3.


Prize Draw Entry

Read to win! Each book = one ballot.* Pick up tracking sheets from your local branch or use your TD Summer Reading Club notebook to record every book read this summer. Then collect paper ballots with pick up or visit our online form for entry. Contest opens July 5. Last day to enter is Friday, September 3, 11:59 pm.


Summer Reading 2021 Prize Draw Entry


*Please speak to staff for accommodation, such as tracking by minutes or chapters read. 


Weekly Herb Seed Kits

Collect a herb seed kit every week this summer! These herbs are easy to grow inside for use throughout the year.


There are 8 varieties in total: 

  • Sweet Basil
  • Thyme
  • Chamomile
  • Spearmint
  • Italian Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lavender


Step by step instructions are available here. You can also check out many titles on herb gardening and recipes in our collection!  


Activity Kits and Ideas

Stop by your local library for activity kits to keep everyone busy throughout the summer. Themes include:


  • In Your Backyard
  • Are You Game
  • Make, Mold, and Move
  • Green Step by Step


Here are some easy DIY recipes for fun anytime!


Washable Window Paint

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • Food colouring
  • Muffin pan or ice cube tray
  • Paint brushes

Mix and portion out the mixture for different colours. Pour into a muffin pan or ice cube tray and grab some paint brushes to get started! 


Washable Sidewalk Chalk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup liquid dish soap
  • 1 cup water
  • Food colouring

Mix and portion out the mixture for different colours. Pour into a muffin pan or ice cube tray and grab some paint brushes to get started! 


Homemade Playdough
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar 
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

Mix everything except food colouring and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the edges of the dough along the side and bottom of the pan appear dry. Divide up the dough and knead in food colouring until smooth. Store in an airtight container. 


Cloud Dough
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup oil

Make a well in the middle of the flour and gently mix in oil. The end result is similar to squeezable sand. Add a few drops of essential oil for an extra sensory experience.  



 Virtual Science Workshops


Register with your local branch and pick up a kit for hands-on fun with Scientists in School! These workshops are provided with the support of a Wellington County Community Grant.


 Scientists in School Logo



Spread Your Wings!        

Come and explore the wonderful world of birds and other things that fly. Make a birdfeeder; fly a glider; and explore how a taketombo works.

Tuesday, July 6 at 2:00 pm FULL


Investigate it!

Test your powers of observation and deduction as you use forensic science to solve the mystery of the missing car. Fingerprints, footprints, handwriting analysis and more…

Wednesday, July 14 at 10:30 am FULL


Sticky Science

Make your own glue from food products and test them to see how they hold. Create your own sticky art. And of course, there will be silly putty!

Thursday, July 22 at 2:00 pm FULL

Thursday, July 22 at 2:15 pm FULL


Mix it Up

Learning chemistry is fun when it’s all about food. Investigate solubility, explore dilutions and have fun making a suspension you can mold.

Tuesday, July 27 at 10:30 am FULL

Tuesday, July 27 at 2:00 pm FULL


Candy Chemistry

Discover the surprising science hiding in a bag of SkittlesTM. Explore solubility, buoyancy, reactivity and investigate the odds of finding your favourite colour.

Wednesday, August 4 at 10:30 am FULL

Wednesday, August 4 at 2:00 pm FULL


Up and Down, All Around

Discover the science behind a magic trick, defy gravity by creating a balancing bird, and engineer an elastic racer to chase down Newton’s Laws.

Wednesday, August 11 at 10:30 am FULL

Wednesday, August 11 at 2:00 pm FULL


Colour My World

Use colour to watch water defy gravity, explore rainbows and create a sun catcher. Use chemistry to create new colours.

Thursday, August 19 at 10:30 am FULL

Thursday, August 19 at 2:00 pm FULL


Good Clean Fun!

You’ll be astonished when you investigate surface tension; explore the chemistry behind bath bombs; and make your own to use at home.

Tuesday, August 24 at 10:30 am (2 sessions) FULL


Music with Mary Lambert

Get grooving with a fun interactive concert with children’s musician Mary Lambert. We will learn how to do the Black Fly Boogie and also, why you should always, always, always…Take Your Umbrella to the Beach! All welcome to join in via Zoom.

Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 am



Meeting ID: 753 0971 0250

Passcode: t7Dt2b


 Magic of Scott Dietrich


Magic Show

Wonder and magic are guaranteed with this mysterious and enchanting show! Kids help make the magic happen, including the production of a live bunny. Participants will also learn how to perform their own magic trick. Recommended for ages 4-12 but all welcome to join in via Zoom.

Tuesday, July 20 at 10:30 am


*** Participants will need a deck of playing cards ***

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 891 3558 5209
Passcode: 354034


Wizarding Magic Class

Get trained in the magically arts with Professor Scott Dietrich! Aspiring wizards will learn numerous sleight of hand illusions using everyday items easily found around the house. Get your pencils, elastics, crayons, and playing cards ready. Recommended for ages 8 – 14 but all are welcome to join in via Zoom.

Wednesday, July 28, 2:00 pm


*** Participants will need an unsharpened pencil and two rubber bands ***

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 878 6695 0407
Passcode: 918309


Wrestler and Big Dreamer - Cody Deaner 


Dare to Dream BIG

Professional wrestler Cody Deaner will inspire kids with his own amazing tale of overcoming adversity to achieve his dreams. Cody uses the power of storytelling to teach important life lessons, such as working hard, staying positive, and choosing to make a BIG difference. This event is hosted via YouTube Live.

Thursday, August 5 at 10:30 am


 Party Safari

From hedgehogs to snakes, lizards to spiders and turtles to birds… scaly isn’t scary. Join us for an interactive ‘safari’ around the world! This live animal event is hosted via Zoom.  

Wednesday, August 18 at 10:30 am


 TD Summer Reading Club



The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. This free Club is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada. 


The TD Summer Reading Club website launches on June 15. Kids can:

  • Create an online notebook
  • Read ebooks
  • Vote in the Battle of the Books
  • Review books
  • Participate in weekly trivia
  • Write stories
  • Read and write jokes
  • Read an original web comic by Mike Deas
  • View author/illustrator readings and workshops
  • Print colouring sheets
  • Find the perfect book



 Virtual Author Visits with TD SRC

Enjoy free stories and workshops by Canadian authors and illustrators with TD Summer Reading Club and Canadian Children's Book Centre. Visit to watch. 


  •  J. Torres
  • Dave Whamond
  • Kayla Alexander
  • Sandra Dumais
  • Mike Deas
  • Nadia L. Hohn
  • Bridget George


All Abilities TD SRC

Does your child have trouble reading print because of a physical, visual or learning disability? The TD Summer Reading Club is accessible for kids of all abilities, no matter how they read!


Ask for an accessible notebook from your local branch or visit for adapted PDFs of the pre-reader and school-age notebooks. 


Some TD SRC recommended titles are available in accessible formats through The Centre for Equitable Library Access. CELA is an accessible library service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities. Speak to local staff to register for this service. CELA members also have access to Bookshare titles with proof of disability. 



Enjoy reading a story outside as you stroll along from one page to the next! Featuring The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.

  • Hillsburgh Branch
  • Aboyne Branch
  • Clifford Branch (July)
  • Drayton Branch (August)


 See the source image


Used by permission of Kids Can Press Ltd., Toronto. Text and illustrations © 2017 Ashley Spires.


The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and was developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

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