The front steps of the library are under construction and during this time the front driveway, front doors, and the book drop are unavailable. The St. Andrew Street and parking lot doors are open for library access. Materials can be returned in the library or to the temporary book drop at the Legion (207 St Patrick St.)

Canada! Summer Reading 2017

Join us for the TD Canadian Children's Summer Reading Program!

animals and kids in a canoe, illustrated


You're invited to discover the many treasures to be found at the TD Summer Reading Club! This is Canada's biggest, bilingual, summer reading program for kids of all interests and abilities. Summer Reading Programs begin July 3. Programs are free and will be held at the library and throughout the community. 

Feel free to contact us at x141 or contact our PLOW and Children's Program Coordinator, Trish MacGregor at x140.


  • All programs are free, drop-in friendly and open to all ages. One exception is Reading Buddies (registration is required).
  • Register for the TD Summer Reading Program to receive free swag to keep track of your reading!
  • Online, find books suitable for all ages.
  • Learn about 2017 artist, Slavka Kolesar
  • View our summer program brochure, or print it off for your fridge!

Tots and Treasures

10-11:30am | all ages
McCarthy Place Retirement Residence
200 McCarthy Road
Join the Early Years Centre and PLOW for this intergenerational program featuring play time, crafts, stories and songs.

Beat the Heat

1:30-2pm | all ages
Stratford Lions Pool
15 William Street
Join us for stories and songs at the Lions Pool, followed by a free swim for participating children. Lions Pool Policies

Whale of a Tale

6:30-7:15pm | all ages
Join us for interactive storytelling, songs, puppets, crafts and play.

* no programs on Monday August 7 (Library closed)

PLOW at the Park

10-10:30am | toddlers
10:30-11am | preschoolers
Anne Hathaway Park, 103 Bruce St
Join us in the park for stories, songs and you can borrow books too! Rain location is Stratford Public Library

Team STEAM Challenge

1-2pm | all ages
Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre
Take the challenge every week! We'll be exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) concepts through fun challenges. Bring your own team, or join one when you arrive to see if you will be raising the Team Challenge cup! 

Reading Buddies

4-4:30pm & 4:30-5pm | JK-grade 6 | preregister
Reading Buddies helps build children's confidence reading in English or French by pairing them with volunteers who read with them and do other fun activities each Tuesday for 8 weeks. Registration begins June 17. Contact Trish at ext. 140

Baby and Me Under a Shady Tree

10-11am | Under 20 months
Marsh Pond Park (Corner of Lorne Ave and St. Vincent Street)
Baby & Me Under a Shady Tree offers infants and caregivers outdoor play time followed by story time. This a great opportunity for families to interact with one another. 

Pokémon Party

10-11am | all ages
If you love Pokemon, this is the program for you! Enjoy Poke crafts, games and more as you chat to new friends about Pokemon.

Pizza Pandemonium

4-5pm | all ages
Local Community Food Centre [map]
Make homemade pizza while enjoying fun library activities.

Sensory Storytime

9:30-10am | all ages
Stratford Public Library 
Sensory Storytime is a program for children with sensory integration challenges,difficulty sitting still, difficulty in large groups, or children who have autism spectrum disorders. Funded by a grant from the Stratford & District Leisure Activity Council, this program is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories and sensory activity play. For all details visit the Sensory Storytime webpage.

Acorns and Oak Trees

10-11:30am | all ages
Chartwell Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence, 439 Downie St.
Join PLOW for this fun, intergenerational story time; enjoy books, puppets, literacy activities and crafts. Partnership with the Early Years Centre.

Exploring Stratford

2-3pm | All ages
location varies
Happy 150th, Canada! We’re celebrating our great community by exploring different locations each week.
August 3 - Stratford Fire Station #2 [map]
August 10 - Stratford Humane Society [map]
August 17 - Stratford City Hall [map]
August 24 - Perth County Paramedics Headquarters [map]

Paws 4 Reading!

7-8pm | all ages
The best listeners are our four-legged friends, so who better to read to than our furry companions? St. John Ambulance volunteers will be visiting us with their therapy dogs to join in the fun. 

Crazy About Canada!

10 - 11:30am | school aged children
Get crazy about Canadian books, songs, inventions, places, critters, as we discover all kinds of amazing things about Canada while celebrating our country's 150th birthday! 
Have fun with new friends from our community, and those from abroad, as we virtually join Westlock Libraries in Alberta through our TD Summer Reading Club Sister Libraries program.


2-4pm | all ages
Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre
Create the CN Tower, the House of Parliament, or something completely original! We provide the LEGO and DUPLO and you bring the inspiration.


Coast to Coast

two colourful children playing with a canadian goose, illustrated

Race across Canada this summer fueled by the power of reading! Students are invited to be reading champions for school teams or SPL's Team Browser.

Every book or chapter read will move your team 1km closer to the finish line and learn about interesting places in Canada along the way. Check in at the library often to add your logged reading to your team's tally.
The Coast to Coast Reading Challenge runs July 3-September 4.

All teams are currently in the Yukon, Northwest Territories BC, and Alberta! 12,871kms read between all the teams. 
  1. Bedford Bulldogs are in the lead and currently visiting Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Saskatoon is called 'Paris of the Prairies' because of its bridges, similar to those that cross the Seine in Paris.   
  2. Team Jeanne Sauve has made it to North Battleford, Saskatchewan. They may take a quick trip north of the city to go for a swim in the beautiful Jackfish Lake.  
  3. Team Browser & St. Aloysius have arrived in Edmonton, Alberta!  Edmonton is is just an hour's drive to Westlock Alberta, home to our TD Summer Reading Club sister library! While in Edmonton, Team Browser and St. Aloysius may want to check out  the West Edmonton Mall, Valley Zoo or TELUS World of Science. 
  4. The Anne Hathaway Hawks are visiting the small little hamlet of Enterprise in the Northwest Territories. The population of Enterprise is only 122 people!  On their next travels the Hawks may come face to face with musk oxen. Over the past decade, these strange shaggy animals have been wandering south from the remote tundra, turning up near villages along the Mackenzie River and Great Slave Lake.
  5. Shakespeare Sharks are still enjoying their time in Fort Liard, Northwest Territories.  They have moved a little bit but only enough to discover new sites there.  Our friends who like to do crafts  won't want to miss  the Acho Dene Native Crafts Store while in Fort Liard.  
  6. The St. Joseph's team is visiting Maxhamish Lake Provincial Park in British Columbia. There are lots of great opportunities for swimming, canoeing and kayaking in this park.
  7. Hamlet Hornets are visiting Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park in British Columbia.  Following the boardwalk that leads to the hot spring pools, St. Joseph's racers will pass through a warm water swamp and boreal forest which supports rich and diverse plant communities as well as mammal and bird species. Make sure you watch for moose feeding in the the warm water swamps!
  8. The Stratford Middle Years team is enjoying their time in Tuya Mountains Provincial Park, British Columbia.  This park's alpine tundra provides habitat for caribou, wolf and grizzly bears.
  9. Avon Eagles, Stratford & District Christian School and Romeo Roadrunners have cruised out of the Yukon and into the province of British Columbia! They are visiting Atlin Provincial Park located on Atlin Lake.  They may be having some exciting paddling adventures on Atlin Lake. The massive lake sometimes has sudden, strong gusts of winds, so our racers will need to be careful not to paddle more than 30 metres offshore during windy conditions. After all, the name Atlin is a corruption of “Ah-lah”, a native word meaning stormy weather. 

Sponsored by

TPL, Government of Canada and TD bank logos, organizers of TD Summer reading program