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TD Summer Reading Club

This summer, CKPL is offering a mixture of in-person and Grab & Go programs! See below for more information. 

Chatham Branch Summer Program Flyer.pdf

Blenheim Branch

Thanks you to Blenheim Branch sponsors: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185, Kimberley's Hearing Clinic and Chatham LaSertoma!

Grab and Go Bags

Can't make it to an in-person program? No problem! We'll send you home with a themed Grab and Go Bag filled with activities and a craft. New bags available every week beginning July 5 at the Blenheim Branch. 

Stay-and-Play

Join us each week for themed stay-and-play activities! Registration not required.

  • July 4-9 Unicorns
  • July 11-16 Dragons
  • July 18-23 Sea Creatures
  • July 25-30 Pirates
  • August 2-6 Cavemen
  • August 8-13 Princes and Princesses
  • August 15-20 Spooky Stories
  • August 22-27 Nursery Rhymes

Build a Dragon Egg

July 12 at 2:00 pm or 6:00 pm
July 15 at 11:00 am
Register for one of three sessions during Dragon Week to build your own dragon egg! Registration required.


The BarryO Kidshow!

July 14 at 6:00 pm at the Blenheim Cherry Fest
Brighten your day with the BarryO Kidshow! Watch BarryO perform short bits and skits, including puppets, magic and juggling. Fun for the whole family! Registration required. Performance sponsored by Chatham LaSertoma. 

Family Storytime

July 28 and August 25 at 10:00 am
Join us the last Thursday of each month for a special before-opening-hours storytime! Songs, stories, and rhymes. Best suited for children 0 to 5 years. Registration preferred.


Bothwell Branch

Thank you to Bothwell Branch sponsors Bothwell Fireman's Association and the Optimist Club of Bothwell and District!

Mythical Beasts

Saturday, July 9 at 1:00 pm
What mythical beasts will you see today? Cute like a unicorn, or fiery like a dragon? Stories, crafts and activities. Ages 4+.
 

Hero Camp Stay 'N Play

July 16 to 22
Drop in to the Bothwell Branch all week long for fun Greek mythology activities. Ages 4+
 

Be a Super Hero!

Saturday, July 23 at 1:00 pm
What super powers do you have? Join our Superhero Academy! Ages 4+.
 

Roar with the Vikings Stay 'N Play

July 30 to August 5
Drop in to the Bothwell Branch all week long for fun Norse mythology activities. Ages 4+
 

What is a Fairy Tale? Stay 'N Play

August 6 to 12
Let’s travel to the world of magic and legends with elves, fairies and dragons! Drop-in to play all week long. Ages 4+.
 

Royal Pains

Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 pm
Put on your best knightly attitude and come rescue the prince and princess! Stories, science experiments and fun games. Ages 4+.
 

End of Summer Party

Saturday, August 20 at 1:00 pm
Finish off the summer with giant games and the prize draws! Ages 4+. 
 

Under the Sea Stay 'N Play

August 23 to 27 
Dive into our under-the-seas adventures with stories and activities that are sure to make a splash! Drop-in to play all week long. Ages 4+.
 

Build With the Three Little Pigs Stay 'N Play

August 30 to September 3
Match your wits against those pigs and see if you can blow the house down! Drop-in to play all week long. Ages 4+.


Chatham Branch

Thank you to Chatham Branch sponsors: Ahcom Shriners, Barnetti's Arcade, Chatham LaSertoma Club, McDonald's, Riverside Ice Cream and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 628!

Grab and Go Bags

Can't make it to an in-person program? No problem! We'll send you home with a themed Grab and Go Bag filled with activities and a craft. New bags available every two weeks beginning July 5. 

Mother Goose

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am at Tecumseh Park
Six week session: July 13 to August 17
Songs, stories, and rhymes for children 0 to 18 months and their caregiver. Registration required.

Alice in Wonderland Day

Monday, July 4 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join us for Alice in Wonderland themed games, crafts and more! Best suited for children 5+. Registration required
 

Search for Bigfoot

Thursday, July 7 OR Thursday, July 14 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Practice your bigfoot walk, grow-a-Sasquatch, tag the Bigfoot, and more! Best suited for children 7+. Registration required
 

Are You Afraid of the Gruffalo?

Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00 am
Join us for Gruffalo stories, activities, and a craft! Best suited for children 5+. Registration required
 

All About Puppets!

Thursday July 21, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Watch a puppet show, learn about puppets, and make your own! All ages. Registration required
 

Miniature Gardening

Thursday, July 28, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Get your hands dirty, learn about plants, and put your creative skills to use! Presented in partnership with the Chatham Horticultural Society. Best suited for children 7+. Registration required


Dragons! Dragons! Dragons!

Thursday, August 4 OR Thursday, August 11
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Don your armour, grab your sword and join us for dragon inspired STEM activities and crafts. Best suited for children 7+. Registration required.
 

Mystic Drumz: World Music Safari Adventures

Friday, July 15 at 1:00 pm at Tecumseh Park
Join us for an interactive and unique rhythm and sound program. Registration not required. Free performance sponsored by Ahcom Shriners.


Dresden Branch

Stay and Play and Grab and Go Bags

Can't make it to an in-person program? No problem! We always have a few activities to entertain you while you visit, or we can send you home with a themed Grab and Go Bag filled with activities and a craft. Just stop by or give us a call at 519.683.4922.

Waterday Wednesdays at 10:00 am 

July 13, July 27, August 17
Water + Miss Jenn is a combination that guarantees a great time!  Best for ages 2 to 6. Registration encouraged. Please call 519.683.4922 to register.

Thursday Twilight Tales at 6:30 pm 

July 7 to August 4
Join us under the tree for a family storytime filled with silly stories and goofy games. All ages welcome! No registration necessary.

Party in the Park at Dresden Kinsmen Park 

Thursday, August 11 
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
CK Recreation and CKPL are partnering to host an evening of games, stories, crafts, and free swimming for the whole family.

Mystic Drums

Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 pm 
A magical adventure to cultures and rhythms from around the globe. Children dance and sing to an eclectic mix of international percussion instruments. All ages welcome. Performances generously sponsored by Ahcom Shriners. 

Pop-Up Storytime 

Special themed storytimes will be popping up throughout the summer so be sure to check the doors for details. Make sure you're dressed for a mess! Best for school age children.


Highgate Branch

Thanks to Highgate Branch sponsor Royal Canadian Legion Branch 335!

Guess my name… Rumple-WHO?

Friday, July 8 at 10:15 am
Guessing games, reading some great books and just maybe we will also be able to turn ordinary slime into gold! Ages 4+.
 

Humpty Dumpty Hour? Egg-actly what we needed!

Friday, July 15 at 10:15 am
Get ‘cracking’ on relay races, science experiments, books and more - kids will be egg-stra excited! Ages 4+.
 

Build with the Three Little Pigs Stay 'N Play

July 22 to 27
Match your wits against those pigs and see if you can blow the house down! Drop-in to play. All ages.
 

Search for Bigfoot Stay 'N Play

July 29 to August 3
Drop-in to practice your bigfoot walk, Grow-a-Sasquatch, tag the Bigfoot and more! All ages.
 

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum I smell a good time in Highgate!

Friday, August 5 at 10:15 am
Kids ages 4+ will spend the hour playing games, doing science experiments, reading books and even growing their very own beanstalk…maybe we will find Jack at the end of it!
 

Royal Pains

Friday, August 12 at 10:15 am
Put on your best knightly attitude and come rescue the prince and princess! Stories, science experiments and fun games. Ages 4+
 

Roar with the Vikings Stay 'N Play

August 19 to 24
Drop into the Highgate Branch for fun Norse mythology activities. All Ages.
 

End of Summer Party

Friday, August 26 at 10:15 am
Finish off the summer with giant games and the prize draws! All ages.
 

Hero Camp Stay 'N Play

August 29 to September 2
Drop in to the Highgate Branch all week long for fun Greek mythology activities. All ages.


Merlin Branch

Grab and Go Bags

Can't make it to an in-person program? No problem! We'll send you home with a themed Grab and Go Bag filled with activities and a craft. New bags available every week beginning July 5 at the Merlin Branch.


Stay-and-Play

Join us each week for themed stay-and-play activities! Registration not required.

  • July 4-9 Unicorns
  • July 11-16 Dragons
  • July 18-23 Sea Creatures
  • July 25-30 Pirates
  • August 2-6 Cavemen
  • August 8-13 Princes and Princesses
  • August 15-20 Spooky Stories
  • August 22-27 Nursery Rhymes

Under the Sea Escape Room

July 18 
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Help us find the way out of our sunken submarine by following a series of clues and quests! Registration required. Ages 6+


Medieval Festival!

August 27 
2:30 to 3:30 pm
Come join us for some games and festival fun to celebrate the end of summer! Cool off with a refreshing treat, you deserve it! Registration not required.


Ridgetown Branch

Thank you to Ridgetown Branch sponsors Royal Canadian Legion Branch 243 and Howard Mutual Insurance Company!

Roar with the Vikings

Tuesday, July 5 at 12:30 pm, repeats at 6:00 pm
Go berserk at our Viking program! Norse mythology, historical games, books and activities await! Ages 4+. 
 

Fairy Tale Fun

Friday, July 8 at 12:30 pm
Let’s travel to the world of magic and fairy tales with elves, fairies and storybook characters!  Ages 4+.
 

Hero Camp I

Monday, July 11 at 12:30 pm
Enter the camp if you're brave enough! Learn Greek mythology while going on a quest! Ages 4+.
 

Hero Camp II

Tuesday, July 12 at 12:30 pm, repeats at 6:00 pm
Day 2 of camp continues the questing saga, but don't fear... all are welcome even if you missed day 1! Ages 4+.
 

Songs and stories with Nookomis

Monday, July 18 at 12:30 pm at Watson Park
Listen to Theresa Sims from Ska: na Family Learning Centre sing Indigenous songs and learn the morals and meanings behind them. Ages 4+.
 

Under the Sea

Tuesday, July 19 at 12:30 pm, repeats at 6:00 pm
Dive into our under-the-seas adventures with stories and activities that are sure to make a splash! Ages 4+.
 

Mythical Beasts

Thursday, July 28 at 12:30 pm, repeats at 6:00 pm
What mythical beasts will you see today? Cute and cuddly, or sharp teeth and scary? Stories, crafts and activities. Ages 4+.
 

Humpty Dumpty Hour? Egg-actly what we needed!

Thursday, August 4 at 12:30 pm, repeats at 6:00 pm
Get ‘cracking’ on relay races, science experiments, books & more - kids will be egg-stra excited! Ages 4+.
 

Build With the Three Little Pigs

Friday, August 5 at 12:30 pm
Match your wits against those pigs and see if you can blow the house down! Stories and activities. Ages 4+.
 

Be a Superhero

Monday, August 8 at 12:30 pm
What superpowers do you have? Take the pledge and join our Superhero Academy! Ages 4+
 

Search for Bigfoot

Tuesday, August 9 at 12:30 pm, repeats at 6:00 pm 
Practice your bigfoot walk, Grow-a-Sasquatch, tag the Bigfoot and more! Ages 4+.
 

Royal Pains

Tuesday, August 16 at 12:30 pm, repeats at 6:00 pm 
Put on your best knightly attitude and rescue the prince and princess! Stories, science experiments and fun games. Ages 4+. 
 

Guess my name…Rumple-WHO?

Friday, August 19 at 12:30 pm
Guessing games, great books and just maybe we will also be able to turn ordinary slime, into gold! Ages 4+.
 

End of Summer Party

Tuesday, August 23 at 12:30 pm
Finish off the summer with giant games and the prize draws! Ages 4+. 
 

Legends and Fairytales Stay 'N Play

August 25 to September 3
Fairy exciting crafts and activities! Drop-in. Ages 4+.


Thamesville Branch

Thank you to Thamesville Branch sponsors Thamesville LaSertoma Club and Thamesville Tops!

Grab and Go Bags

Can't make it to an in-person program? No problem! Pick up a themed Grab and Go Bag filled with activities and a craft.

Castle Camp 

Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 am 
Thursday, July 28 at 10:00 am 
Thursday, August 11 at 10:00 am 
Fairytales, myths and legends catapult the morning's stories into silly challenges. Are you a knight that can handle it? Best for kids ages 4 to 13.
 

Party in the Park

Ferguson Park 
Thursday, August 4 
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
CK Recreation and CKPL are partnering to host an evening of games, stories, crafts and free swimming for the whole family


Paddling Puppeteers

Monday, July 25 at 3:00 pm 
Original sing-a-long songs, colourful puppets, string stories and more! Ages 4+


Tilbury Branch

Grab and Go Bags

Can't make it to an in-person program? No problem! We'll send you home with a themed Grab and Go Bag filled with activities and a craft. New bags available every two weeks beginning July 5. 

Once Upon a Time Bingo              

Tuesday, July 5 at 2:00 pm          
What do the Loch Ness Monster, Captain Hook, and Cinderella have in common? They might all end up on your bingo card together! Come to the Tilbury Branch to play Once Upon a Time Bingo. All ages.
 

Mystic Drumz at Tilbury Memorial Park 

Friday, July 15 at 3:00 pm            
Join us in Tilbury Memorial Park for a unique and interactive rhythm and sound program. Fun for all ages! Registration not required. This FREE performance is sponsored by Ahcom Shriners.
 

Make Your Own Dragon

Friday, July 22 at 2:00 pm            
Dragons are the perfect pet! Come to the Tilbury Branch and make your very own dragon. We provide the stuff to make the dragon, we give you the instructions, and all YOU have to do is make it. It’s THAT easy! Ages 5+
 

Build Your Own Castle   

Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00 pm        
Castles evoke a certain curiosity! Now is your chance to build and create your own castle at the Tilbury Branch that you can use to imagine experiences from many hundreds of years ago. Ages 5+
 

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Friday, August 5 at 2:00 pm        
Join us at the Tilbury Branch for all things Rapunzel! Ages 5+


Wallaceburg Branch

Thank you to Wallaceburg Branch sponsors: Canadian Belgium Dutch Club, Canadian British Legion – Branch 18, Clock Tower Dental Centre – Dr. Brayden Charlton, Patricia Foulon, Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home, Karen Kennedy, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Pythias, McDonalds, Anne Riedstra, Stekelbos Watch and Clock Repair, Wallaceburg Kinsmen and Karen Welsh.

Drop in each week for new Stay & Play Activities
 

LEGO    

Saturday, July 9
10:00 am to 4:00 pm     
Everyone is welcome to come and get creative with our LEGO.
 

Harry Potter Wands       

Thursday, July 14 at 2:30 pm      
Channel your magical powers by creating your very own wizarding wand just like Harry Potter. Join us as we celebrate your inner magic. Ages 8 +. Registration required.
 

Snow White Storytime  

Tuesday, July 19 at 2:30 pm        
Drop by for a magical afternoon of stories, songs and a craft with Snow White. All ages. Registration not required.
 

I Spy a Unicorn 

Thursday, July 21 at 2:30 pm      
Embrace your unique, rainbow side as we party like those mythical one-horned creatures! We will read stories, play games and paint a unicorn sun catcher. Ages 5 + Registration required
 

Rock, Scissors, Paper     

Tuesday, July 26 at 2:30 pm
 Have you ever heard of the Legend of Rock, Paper and Scissors? Well, it involves a rock, paper and scissors. Join us for a Rock, Paper and Scissors tournament and make a fluffy pet rock to take home with you. Ages 6+ Registration required
 

Party in the Park              

Wallaceburg District Secondary School (WDSS) Football Field
Thursday, July 28
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm        
CK Recreation has teamed up with local partners to bring you a fun filled evening at the WDSS football field.  Crafts, activities and games will ensure everyone is having a blast! Bring your bathing suit as the night will end in a free swim for the whole family!
 

Mermaid and Dragon Eggs

Thursday, August 4 at 2:30 pm
Mermaid and Dragon Eggs oh my! Join us as we create and embellish your very own special keepsake egg. Will it be a mermaid or dragon egg? Only you can decide!
 

Watercolour Silhouettes  

Tuesday, August 9 at 2:30 pm    
Ready to paint?! We have the supplies. Ages 5 + Registration required
 

Fairy Tale BINGO             

Thursday, August 11 at 2:30 pm
Fun and prizes! Ages 5+ Registration not required.
 

WAMBO LEGO  

Saturday, August 13 
10:00 am to 4:00 pm     
If you are downtown for WAMBO drop in and get creative with our LEGO All ages.
 

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere!  

Tuesday, August 16 at 2:30 pm  
There are bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles! Join us for some EXTREME bubble fun! All ages. Registration required
 

Mystic Drumz Show “The Legend of Marshmallow Island”             

Thursday, August 18 at 2:30 pm
Come join the fun on this fabulous musical adventure to find Marshmallow Island. Meet all the hilarious characters who colour the show with a splash of silly. This Adventure in World Music blends multicultural music themes and interactive audience participation! Featuring high tech screen projections, incredible sound effects and unique instruments from around the world. Bring the whole family to laugh and learn together as we track down ‘The Legend of Marshmallow Island’. Free tickets available beginning July 28. Registration required.


Wheatley Branch

'Once Upon a Time' themed Grab & Go bags        

Available starting July 5.


'Once Upon a Time' themed craft            

Available weekly.


Dial-A-Story

Even when the library is closed, this new program is always available for your listening pleasure! Call 519-354-2940 and press "3" to select a story to listen to over the phone. The recordings will change regularly, so check back often! Here are the current choices on Dial-A-Story:

1 - Because I Love You read by Author Mary Genge

2 - Hope You're Happy read by Author Mary Genge

3 - Alice Learns to Take a Stand

4 - Fast Friends

5 - Too 

6 - Mother Goose Rhymes

7 - Tanka Tanka Skunk

8 - This Is A Library Podcast - Episode 1 - Library Gives Connection

9 - This Is A Library Podcast - Episode 2 - Library Gives Place

10 - This Is A Library Podcast - Episode 3 - Library Gives Access

11 - This Is A Library Podcast - Episode 4 - Library Builds Community


LitBits

CKPL staff are sharing their favourite songs, rhymes, and story recommendations for little ones in these literacy video tidbits. You can find all our videos on CKPL's YouTube channel.


Borrow Some Fun!

Storykits & Play Packs – These kits contain literacy and physical activity toys, puppets, storytelling props, books and more to keep you busy and learning. 

Puzzles – From 6 pieces to 1,000 pieces, we have a puzzle that fits every member of your family! 

Launchpads – Tablets pre-loaded with content for kids; designed with a simple, easy-to-use interface. 100% secure, no download time and no need for wifi! 

Contact your local library branch for more information! 

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