Eureka! Get Ready to Explore - June 28 to August 24, 2014

What are you doing this summer? 

Guess what, kids? Our Summer Reading Club is getting a virtual revamp! For the first time ever, we are adding an interactive and fun online component that lets you log your reading hours, earn virtual badges, create and customize your very own avatar and set personal reading goals.

Join the Summer Reading Club


Don't have access to a computer? No problem, you can come to your local branch and use our computers or have one of our staff members help you log your hours. Keep up your reading throughout the summer for the chance to win some incredible prizes.

What is the Summer Reading Club?
This program is designed to keep kids reading over the summer by offering a fun club with games, prizes, activities and more reasons to read. Research proves that reading over the summer helps kids when they return to school, and of course strong literary skills help children throughout their entire lives. Besides, who wouldn't want to open a door to a world of imagination, creativity and exploration?

When is the Summer Reading Club offered?
Online registration begins June 1, and the program runs in the library from June 28 to August 24.

Who can join the Summer Reading Club?
Children of all ages are invited to join in the fun this summer. Families can read together. Siblings can read to each other. Mom and Dad can read to their babies. As long as your children are reading or being read to, they’re in the club!

New this year!
Mark your calendars! Kids can sign up online starting June 1, giving them lots of time to explore the website, start tracking reading hours and create their custom avatar before opening ceremonies on Saturday, June 28.

Want to learn more about the fun games, activities, storytimes and other exciting programs happening this summer? Find out what's happening at the library this summer by picking up our Summer Library Guide or browse our online program listings.

How much does it cost and where do I register?
The Summer Reading Club is completely free! You can register online or at any of our locations around the city. Turn to the map on the back cover of this guide to find the branch nearest you!

When you visit a branch, you can pick up a Summer Reading Club package that includes a booklet with stickers, an activity book, a participation card and more. For every badge earned, you get a chance to win. Start reading!


Read 'em and Weep Win!

Kids...register for the Summer Reading Club and be entered to win big! This year, we've added a new virtual component. Sign up online and track all of your reading hours under your very own profile page. Cool right? After you've read 6 hours, show a staff member your tracker and receive a 6-hour badge along with a coupon for a FREE PetitaTM or a FREE kid-size smoothie from Pita Pit!  Parents and siblings can get 10% off their Pita Pit meal as well, just by showing their library card!  Claim your badge and you'll automatically be entered into our ultimate grand prize draw!

What's the prize?

One lucky reader will win a brand new cutting-edge Xbox One. Be amazed by this all-in-one entertainment system with the best games, TV, movies, music and sports in a convenient black box—it will blow your mind!

Other cool prizes include a microscope, a telescope, Chapters gift cards, a Best Buy gift card and City of Edmonton recreation passes. Plus, there are weekly prizes at your local branch, so visit often. The more you read, the more draws you can enter before August 24.

Find out what's happening at the library this summer by picking up our Summer Library Guide or browse our online program listings.

School's out for summer...

But that doesn't mean kids should stop reading! Encourage your students to participate, and you’ll see what a difference reading all summer makes when they come back to school in the fall.

Our staff are available to visit your school to get your kids excited about reading this summer. Contact your local branch today to schedule a visit from your friendly neighbourhood library staff member! Sign up for the Teachers’ Toolbox eNewsletter to get the scoop at

Bookable Dates*:Mid-May to June 27
Length:30 minutes per presentation (includes time for class exchange)
Presentations:Maximum of three (3) per school
Audience:Grades K to 6
Required Setup:Two (2) tables and two (2) glasses of water

* Please book at least one month prior to your preferred date to allow us time for scheduling.

Find out what's happening at the library this summer by picking up our Summer Library Guide or browse our online program listings.

What to read, what to read???

Want to join the Summer Reading Club, but don't know what to read? Let us help you!

EPL staff have compiled 100 stories that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes and scare the bejeebers out of you...sometimes all at the same time!

Just click the image below to view the booklet in a new window. Use the arrows at the top of the page to scroll through the pages and find your favourite.

Still looking for more great reads? Check out EPL's award-winning 100 Great Books to Read Together and the sequel, 100 More Great Books to Read Together.

Find out what's happening at the library this summer by picking up our Summer Library Guide or browse our online program listings.