Summer Reading Fun!

Activities, challenges, prizes and lots of fun all summer long.

Did you know that over 2,000 kids register for our Summer Reading Fun activities each year? If you are looking for a summer of programs, challenges, activities, awesome prizes and library fun, join us this year!

LITTLE DIPPERS (for ages 6 & under)

Beginning July 2nd, stop in at any WPL or Waterloo EarlyOn location to pick up your Little Dippers (ages 6 and under) passport filled with exciting daily activities for you to do at home. Your passport comes complete with stickers to mark off all of the adventures you have completed. When you have completed 10 activities, visit the library and pick a prize from our treasure box.

Grownups! When your Little Dipper’s passport is complete, bring it in for your chance to win as well. Caregivers will be entered into a special draw of their own!

New passports will be released in July and August so the fun can continue all summer long.

COSMIC READING ADVENTURE (for kids in JK and up)

There are TWO great ways to have a Cosmic Reading Adventure at WPL this summer with kids in JK and up. Participate in either Adventure or better yet, BOTH!

Reading Adventure #1

Between June 24 and August 2, pick up a PDF iconCosmic Adventure Reading Log from the WPL location of your choice orPDF iconprint one out at home.

Throughout the summer, record the great reading you are doing in your reading journal. Everything counts! Books, magazines, eBooks, graphic novels...

Between August 19 and September 6, return your completed Cosmic Reading Journal to any WPL location for your chance to be entered into our incredible GRAND PRIZE DRAW!

Reading Adventure #2

Between July 2 and August 16, register to participate in the Cosmic Reading Adventure program at the WPL location of your choice.

Visit the library often and remember to check in at our Ground Control desk when you do. When you check in with Ground Control 7 times before August 21, you will receive a special invitation to our Space Party on August 22. With prizes, treats, performers and surprises, you do not want to miss this party!

But wait! There's more! Throughout the summer we have planned 3 Super Nova Surprise Weeks where everyone checking in with Ground Control will land themselves a fun surprise or a chance to win something amazing.

If that's not exciting enough, there will be daily activities happening at Ground Control all summer long. Stop in any time to participate in activities, crafts, games or challenges. (they change all the time!)

THE GREAT SPACE RACE (for kids in grades 4 to 7)

Join a space team. Earn points. Win the galaxy. Are you ready to rule the universe?

Starting July 2nd, register for The Great Space Race (for kids in grades 4 &up ) in person or at Register by July 10 to be entered into a draw to win a week of Circus Camp (1/2 days) at Brass Butterflies from August 12 - 16!

When you sign up, you will be randomly assigned to one of 4 powerful space agencies: Team Bondar, Team Hadfield, Team MacLean or Team Payette.  

From July 2 to August 12 the race is on to earn as many points as possible for your team. Check on your team’s standings at any WPL location as our leaderboards broadcast updates in real-time, letting you know which team is leading the pack.

Earn points for your team by:

  • Logging in to your Great Space Race profile to check-in every day
  • Completing daily challenges (updated daily in your profile)
  • Keeping us up to date with what you are reading
  • Attending incredible WPL programs
  • Finding points drop caches in the library
  • Beating in-library challenges (like escape rooms!)

Earn 150 points for your team and you will be invited to attend Astronaut Training Camp on August 13. There will be pizza, prizes, challenges and of course, a celebration for the winning space team!

And finally, looking for some out-of-this-world new books for kids? Check out our Kids Picks page.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (for grades 7 to 12)

Starting July 2nd, take part in the Battle of the Books and win great prizes! Get your instant-win scratch tickets at any WPL location.

Got a winning ticket? Choose a prize from the mystery box. You can can also enter your ticket to win one of the GRAND prizes.

Not a winner this time? No worries, you can still enter for a chance to win the GRAND prize.

Ways to Get Instant-Win Scratch Tickets

  • Just stop by any WPL location and check out any items (books, DVDs, magazines, CDs, anything!)
  • In-Library Challenges: Each week a rebus puzzle challenge will be posted in the Teen Areas at each WPL location. Report the correct answer to a staff person at the information desks at each location and get an extra scratch ticket
  • Attend a Summer Program/Event: Attend a program during the summer, and get an extra scratch ticket. Bring a friend and receive an additional ticket for every person you bring along.
  • Love eBooks? Send a picture of your checked out eBook to to be entered for a chance to win a GRAND prize.

Connect With Us on Instagram

Teens, connect with us on Instagram @wplteenscene for additional challenges and contests throughout the summer. We'll have weekly Instagram challenges for cool prizes. Instructions will be provided to teens through each post.

To keep things fair for everyone, the following rules apply:

  • You must check items out to get a ticket at any WPL location. Any items count towards a ticket
  • You can only get one scratch ticket per day. If you want more chances, visit the library often and keep an eye out for in-library and Instagram challenges!
  • No registration required