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 key chain (while supplies last) and an entry into the grand prize draw. Learn more about prizes this year.

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.

Summer Reading Bingo

Looking for awesome reads to get to your six hours? Download our reading bingo sheet for kids 6-8 and kids 9-12. Complete a row in any direction, then bring your sheet to an EPL branch to pick up a temporary tattoo (while supplies last).

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.

Online Events

Register today for events every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m.

Schedule of Events

Summer Starts - Events

Event Preview

Here's a sneak peek of Happy Birds Performing Parrots, which is happening on Saturday, July 17 at 2 p.m. Register today!

New this year! Select events come with a take-home kit, which includes most of the materials you need to complete the activities. Registration closes two weeks in advance. Pick up at your preferred EPL branch.

Events by Interest

Find the Mascot

Visit your nearest EPL branch each week to look for this summer’s mascot, Octopus Prime. If you find him, 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.

Contact Octopus Prime

This year, you can email Octopus Prime directly at octopusprime@epl.ca. Send jokes, questions and ideas and we'll post some of the comments on our website!

OctopusPrime

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Starts - FAQs

  • You can pick up your registration package at an EPL location. The registration package includes:  
    • A sticker sheet
    • An activity booklet from the TD Summer Reading Club
    • A list of recommended reads
    • Reading log to track your reading minutes
    • A fortuneteller activity 
    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.
  • This year, we have several prizes you can win:

    • To get a pre-made keychain (while supplies last): Read six hours and bring your completed reading log to an EPL location. For each additional six hours you read, you get another keychain!
    • To enter to win a grand prize: Read six hours and bring your completed reading log to an EPL location. Every six hours means another chance to win!
    • To enter to win the weekly book prize: Find Octopus Prime hiding out at one of our branches and enter your name in the branch ballot box.

    You can receive an Octopus Prime temporary tattoo (while supplies last) when you finish a row on our reading bingo sheet. Pick up the reading bingo sheet at any EPL branch or download it here.

    Important: This year the prize ballots are attached to your reading log. When you’ve found Octopus Prime or read for six hours, let us know (since we are still closed, call us before you get out of your car). Then you fill out the appropriate ballot and drop it into a ballot box. Don’t worry, we’ll give you another reading to fill out for more chances to win!

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

    • One of five grand prizes: Nintendo Switch, penguin meet and greet at West Edmonton Mall, Samsung tablet, scooter and an art table with art supplies
      • How to win? Read for six hours. Every six hours means another entry into the draw. 
    • A weekly book prize (one per branch) 
      • How to win? Every week, find the mascot at an EPL branch and you'll get one entry into the draw!
    • An Octopus Prime temporary tattoo (while supplies last)
      • How to win? Finish reading a row of books on our bingo sheet, available for pickup at an EPL branch or download it online. 
    • A pre-made keychain (while supplies last)
      • How to win? Read for six hours. Every six hours means another keychain (while supplies last).
  • Yes!

    All classes and events will be online, and we will have an event running every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2 pm throughout the summer. This year we've got an amazing line-up that includes live acrobatics with Firefly Theatre, a custom-made Marty Chan mystery event, Sheldon Casavant’s magic show, hoop dancing with Notorious Cree, a live escape room with Yukon Jack, and more!

    Most of our classes and events use the CrowdCast platform. To register for an event, you can sign up for a free Crowdcast account in. If you have any questions, please contact us – we're happy to help!

    Sign up for an event here.

  • Due to the uncertainty related to the global pandemic, we aren’t able to offer in-person classes or events for Summer Starts at EPL 2021. However, there will be lots to do and see online and outside our branches, including storywalks at select EPL locations. We look forward to seeing you when you visit us to pick up your registration package and participate in the Find the Mascot contest.

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