Summer Reading Club Returns to Hamilton Public Library Branches
Seven-year-old Briar Canham is busy with a pencil.
She is coloring one of the many designs available for children in an activity room at the Turner Park branch of the Hamilton Public Library as part of its free Summer Reading Club. “It’s fun,” Briar said of returning to the drawing. “You don’t have to play video games all day.”
Briar’s mother, Rhian Jones, said the book club was good for her daughter and the other children. “It allows them to learn and engage, and stay in the community instead of being stuck at home,” Jones said.
At a nearby table, nine-year-old Viviana Travi and her father Brandon are also busy coloring. “I love drawing animals,” Viviana said. “I think it’s wonderful,” added Brandon. “It’s a way to bring families together where they don’t have to spend money.
Monique Koevoets, assistant librarian at the Turner Park branch, noted that many children attend book club events after attending programs at the nearby YMCA.
“It started right away,” said Koevoets, who noted that several hundred children would come to the branch each day depending on the event.
Shelley McKay, communications manager at the Hamilton Public Library, said staff were delighted to see the children again after two years of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. “At all 23 branches, there is something to see, do, watch, listen, learn and have fun this summer,” said McKay, who noted that they are hosting events and activities. intended for all age groups.
These activities include comic strips, storytelling, writing contests for teens, story time, journal writing and comic book creation. There are also tours of the Hamilton Police Mounted Unit, fire department and magic shows.
Visit hpl.ca and click on events for a list of all summer activities or pick up a free program guide at any branch.
A library card will also take you to other places.
McKay said children ages 6 to 12 with a library card can visit any branch and sign up for a free Presto card that grants free access to HSR.
“Anyone can use a library card for free admission to Hamilton’s civic museums,” McKay said. “The city council has just revived it for another two years.”
Plus, cardholders can go online or visit a local branch to receive a free pass to: the Art Gallery of Hamilton, a provincial park, the Hamilton Conservation Authority, or Grand River Conservation Authority.
To access the pass, go to hpl.ca/search?search_api_views_fulltext=park+passes&search=Search.
STORY BEHIND THE STORY: With the lifting of pandemic restrictions, Hamilton Community News wanted to know about the return of the Hamilton Public Library Summer Reading Club and what it means for the community.