TD’s Summer Reading Club and the Pahkisimon Nuye?ah Library System have teamed up to deliver the reading initiative at 10 school libraries around north-central Saskatchewan next week.

Pahkisimon Nuye?ah has been offering the program for over two decades and every year a theme is issued by TD. This year, the theme is “Natural World,” which encourages children to get out and explore the nature around them.

The program challenges kids to “unplug” and marvel at a growing seed, be awed by extreme weather and wonder about the connections to each other and the earth that sustains them.

“We want to have people comfortable coming into the schools during the summer,” says Harriet Roy, who is the assistant director and teacher librarian for Pahkisimon Nuye?ah. “To take part in activities, but also to continue their reading, so literacy levels don’t drop.”

Roy has worked with Pahkisimon Nuye?ah Library System for 23 years and says the program has always been a success.

This year, Doug “Prairie Dog” Campbell will orchestrate TD’s Summer Reading Program at the libraries.

Campbell is a children’s author and entertainer and he will be leading songs, music and interactive programming while sticking to the Natural World theme.

“I think it’s a good program,” says Roy. “People should take part in things that are offered in the libraries.”

If the program is not offered at a library in your town or community, the program can be accessed online.

June 15: 11 a.m. – Montreal Lake Public Library and 3 p.m. – Alex Robertson Public Library (La Ronge)
June 16: 11 a.m. – Keethanow Public Library (Stanley Mission) and 3:30 p.m. at Peayamichikee Public Library (Pinehouse Lake)
June 17: 12:30 p.m. Dave O’Hara Community Library (La Loche) and 3:30 p.m. at Wisewood Library (Buffalo Narrows)
June 18: 12:30 p.m. Ile-a-la Crosse Public Library and 3:00 p.m. at Beauval Public Library
June 19: 12 p.m. Ayamicikiwikamik Public Library (Sandy Bay) and 3 p.m. at Tawowikamik Public Library (Pelican Narrows)

(PHOTO: TD Summer Reading Club advertisement. Courtesy of TD Summer Reading Club, Facebook.)