Summer Reading Club for Kids

Activities, prizes and lots of fun all summer long!

Did you know that over 2,000 kids take part in our Summer Reading Club (SRC) each year? If you are looking for a summer of adventure, activities, prizes and library fun, make sure you sign up this year too! Win awesome prizes at WPL’s TD Summer Reading Club!

SRC runs Thursday, June 29 until Saturday, August 26 at all WPL locations and YMCA OEYC in Waterloo

TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. 

summer reading club for kids

Registration begins on Thursday, June 29 at all locations. Children of all ages welcome!

Here's how it works:

1. Sign up. Visit any WPL or Waterloo YMCA Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) location to register in the Summer Reading Club for Kids. Children from newborns to 12 years of age are welcome to participate.

2. Read! Read - anything you like - but do it often! Visit the library or OEYC location of your choice to check-in for your chance to win prizes, play games, and get great reading recommendations.

3. Check-in Often. Anyone who checks into the club 7 times or more will receive a family invitiation to participate in a special VIP celebration featuring balloon artist Drew Ripley.

Book Snap Summer

New this year! We have a super fun, super cool summer reading incentive for kids in Grades 5 & up. It's Book Snap Summer!

Taking part in Book Snap Summer is easy! Simply take a picture of what you are reading and send it to us at WPL in one of 3 ways:

  1. Email us at
  2. Post your pic on Twitter using #BookSnapSummer and #WaterlooLibrary
  3. Share your images through Instagram using #BookSnapSummer and #WaterlooLibrary

Participants will be entered into a weekly draw for a chance to win gift cards for iTunes, Cineplex Theatres & Starbucks. Get snapping and good luck!


You don’t need to join the club to participate in our programs, but what better reason to come visit the library or the YMCA Early Years Centre? Check out WPL's amazing summer programs for kids.


We want to celebrate summer reading in every way we can, so we're holding contests every month to get you even more excited to come in and find some books to read... and give you more chances to win prizes! Every month you can visit all our locations and participate in the contests as much as you want for a ballot for the monthly prize. Have loads of fun while you earn those ballots! Full details coming soon!

Great Summer Reads

Our staff  have created special lists just for our Summer Reading Club participants of some awesome books. Take a look!

PDF icon Primary Books Canada 150

Our popular Kid Picks list celebrates Canada 150.

PDF icon Picture Books SRC

We're celebrating Canada 150 and Summer Reading Club by sharing this list of some of our very favourite, new picture books. Just perfect for our youngest customers.

Book Snap Summer for Kids

We have some amazing new books to share with those in grades 5 and up. And don't forget to take part in Book Snap Summer for a chance to win gift cards for iTunes, Cineplex Theatres & Starbucks.

Prize Donors

Wonderful businesses and services have donated terrific prizes for our Summer Reading Club participants. We want to thank you for your enthusiastic support.

  • 4Cats Art Studio
  • Brady Brady
  • Brantford Twin Valley Zoo
  • Button Factory Arts
  • Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
  • Canoeing the Grand
  • Centre in the Square
  • Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort
  • City of Waterloo (RIM Park)
  • City of Waterloo (Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex)
  • Drayton Entertainment
  • Galaxy Movie Theatres
  • Kids Can Press
  • KW Symphony
  • Landmark Cinemas
  • Laser Quest
  • Legoland Discovery Centre
  • Mastermind Toys
  • McDonald's Restaurants
  • McPhails Cycle & Sports
  • Michaels
  • Moses Springer Community Pool
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Panago Pizza
  • Play With Clay
  • Playfit Kids Club
  • Scholars Choice
  • Scholastic Canada Limited
  • Sonsuh
  • Sphero
  • Stork Family YMCA
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Toy Building Zone
  • Valumart
  • Waterloo Region Museum - Doon
  • Wintergreen Learning Materials

Read, have fun this summer, and good luck!