Edmonton Public Library is excited to bring back their Summer Starts at EPL program for another exciting summer of reading fun! Kids can take part in 9 weeks of reading challenges, contests, prizes, guest performances, events and more.

It all kicks off on Saturday, June 25 with an Opening Carnival event at Edmonton Public Library branches. Drop in anytime throughout the day to learn more about the program and get your child excited about summer reading.

Reading Challenge

EPL is proud to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club – Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids. Whether your kid is into graphic novels, cookbooks or comics it all counts! For every 6 hours logged they will receive a button to mark their achievement and gain entry into the grand prize draw.

For every six hours you read, you’ll receive a button (while supplies last) and an entry into the grand prize draw. There are weekly book prizes to be won and grand prizes including 1 Nintendo Switch package or 1 of 10 Lego kits.

Kids can submit their time on paper through the paper reading log available from their local EPL branch, or online. Each in-person registration will include a package with:

  • A reading log to track your reading minutes  
  • An activity booklet from the TD Summer Reading Club 
  • A list of recommended reads  
  • A sticker sheet 
  • An origami bookmark

Summer Reading BINGO

For reading inspiration, download a BINGO sheet from the EPL website. There is a card of summer reading picks for ages 6-8 and another for ages 9-12.

Classes & Events

Visit your local branch or check the online schedule to discover all the exciting reading inspired classes & events happening throughout the summer. There is everything from crafts, dance parties, and dinosaur digs to giant games, Mario Kart tournaments, battle bots and MORE! The EPL is also excited to be welcome some very special performers throughout the summer like magicians or dance instructors.

Plus you can keep the fun going at home by watching online performances via the Crowdcast platform. To register for an event, simply sign up for a free Crowdcast account.

Summer Starts at EPL:

When: Throughout July and August – Opening Carnival event June 25, 2022
Where: EPL locations throughout the city – Find a branch here.
Website: www.epl.ca/summer-starts