Summer Starts at EPL

June 24 - August 26, 2023

Summer Starts is EPL's annual summer program for kids. This year, we've got 9 weeks of fun including our popular summer reading challenge, tons of events and guest performances, contests, prizes and more.

Reading Challenge

EPL participates in the TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids. For every six hours you read, you'll receive a button (while supplies last) and an entry into the grand prize draw.

Whether you like reading graphic novels, cookbooks or comic books—it all counts!

There are two ways to track and submit your time this year:

  • On paper: Visit an EPL branch to pick up a paper copy of the reading log and drop off your ballot for the grand prize draw (attached to the reading log). Need another reading log? Ask staff for one while you're there.
  • Online: Can't visit a branch? Enter your time online for every six hours you read. You'll automatically receive an entry into the grand prize draw.

View contest rules.

Reading Challenge - TD

More Summer Fun on the TD Summer Reading Club Website

Check out the TD Summer Reading Club website for access to free eBooks, online activities, a digital notebook and suggested reading.

Events

Find The Library Rocks Magazine Cover

Visit your nearest EPL branch each week to look for the front cover of the magazine, The Library Rocks. If you find it, tell a staff member and enter your name in a weekly draw to win a free book! Each branch will be giving away one book per week.

More Outdoor Fun

Looking for a fun way to combine reading with physical activity? Visit one of our storywalks this summer and follow along with the book as you follow the path.

The story chosen this year is Treasure, by Mireille Messier. Locations and dates will be announced soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Starts - FAQs

  • You can pick up your registration package at any EPL location. The registration package includes:   

    • A Reading Log to track your reading minutes  
    • An activity booklet from the TD Summer Reading Club 
    • A Read and Win bookmark and 2 general admission tickets to K-Days (while supplies last); thank you to Explore Edmonton for providing these items
    • A list of recommended reads  
    • A sticker sheet 
    • An origami bookmark

    The activity booklet is available for school age and pre-school ages. If you require an accessible TD booklet, such as large print, please ask an EPL staff member at your local branch. 

  • Summer Starts is EPL's annual summer program that includes the popular summer reading challenge, events and guest performances, prizes, and so much more! 

    For every six hours you read, you'll get a button and earn one entry into the grand prize draw to win one of four prize packages including our Out of this World Prize Pack, Creative Builder Prize Pack, Wild Edmonton Annual Membership and Zach Hyman Book Prize Pack.

    Prize Packs include:

    Out of this World Prize Pack: Ozobot Evo Entry Kit and Astronaut Starter Kit from KiwiCo
    Creative Builder Prize Pack: Imagination Playground: Medium Loose Bone Parts (Dinosauer) and 3Doodler 3D Pen Set for kids
    Wild Edmonton Annual Membership: Annual Family Memberships to Edmonton Valley Zoo and John Janzen Nature Centre
    Zach Hyman Book Prize Pack: Copies of The Magician's Secret, The Hockey Hero, and The Bambino and Me; Signed Zach Hyman postcard

  • Summer Starts at EPL has amazing prizes this year! Here's what you can win: 

    One of four prize packs: Out of this World Prize Pack, Creative Builder Prize Pack, Wild Edmonton Annual Membership, or Zach Hyman Book Prize Pack

    • How to win?  Read for six hours. Every six hours means another entry into the draw. 

    A weekly book prize:

    • How to win?  Every week visit your nearest EPL location and find our mascot to be entered into a weekly book draw! 

    A button:  

    • How to win?  Read for six hours! Every six hours means another button. 

    Prize Packs include:

    Out of this World Prize Pack: Ozobot Evo Entry Kit and Astronaut Starter Kit from KiwiCo
    Creative Builder Prize Pack: Imagination Playground: Medium Loose Bone Parts (Dinosauer) and 3Doodler 3D Pen Set for kids
    Wild Edmonton Annual Membership: Annual Family Memberships to Edmonton Valley Zoo and John Janzen Nature Centre
    Zach Hyman Book Prize Pack: Copies of The Magician's Secret, The Hockey Hero, and The Bambino and Me; Signed Zach Hyman postcard

  • Yes! 

    Summer Starts at EPL has a mix of in person events and in-person performers.  Check out our website or drop by any branch for more information.  

  • The TD Summer Reading Club is a nationally sponsored campaign that encourages children to read throughout the summer. Thousands of libraries across Canada (including EPL) participate. Visit tdsummerreadingclub.ca for more great activities, eBooks and content to stay busy all summer long!

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