Summer Reading Club 2018

Lazenby family

Another Summer Reading Club just wrapped up and we can’t believe how fast it went! The numbers are in and it was a great summer for reading. We had so much fun with new summer programs like Community Helper Storytime, and the return of some classics from last year like Meet A Maker and #STPLBookishSummer Teen Instagram Challenge. Here’s what our summer looked like this year:

Total Registrations for Summer Reading Club: 569

Total Books Read: 7121

That’s 116 more registrations and 1071 more books read than last year!

Kids got to colour in a line on the rocket ship for every 100 books read. Here we are in July just above the halfway mark!IMG_0562

Summer Programs

Meet a Maker

Meet a Maker returned for its second year with all new community makers! Kids got to learn about local makers and their crafts, ask questions, and get some hands-on experience! We hosted six sessions this year featuring Sarah Van Pelt and her miniature dioramas, Terry Lanning and his handmade pens, Andie of Bracelets for Brains, Cindy Bircham of Elgin Harvest, Grayden Laing of Grayden Laing Studios and Greg Wight of Harbour Guitars.


Community Helper Storytime

We had five storytimes hosted by community helpers this year! Kids got to learn about their various jobs and the equipment they use, and of course listen to a story. We featured a public health nurse, a dentist, a firefighter, police officers, and a paediatric ICU nurse.


#STPLBookishSummer Teen Instagram Challenge

We held our second annual #STPLBookishSummer Teen Instagram Challenge this year and we had some beautiful entries! Every week we posted a new bookish challenge on Instagram and participants took a picture and added the hashtag #STPLBookishSummer to be entered into the grand prize draw. At the end of the summer we held an Instagram Art Gallery party featuring the entries and the winner received her prize!

We had many other programs and drop-in crafts and activities all summer, including Stuffie Sleepover, Sensory Play, Young Writers’ Club Workshops, Family Movie Fridays, Life-Size Games, Minecraft Challenges, and an End of Summer show by Mad Science.

Special thanks to our sponsors who provided great prizes this year! Thank you Van Pelt’s Business Solutions, Rail City Recreation, Shaw’s Ice Cream, Legoland Discovery Centre, Fan of the Sport, YMCA St. Thomas-Elgin, and the STEAM Centre!

We hope you had as much fun as we did this summer!

New! Meet Libby

Did you know your library card lets you choose from thousands of eBook and eAudiobook titles? Let us introduce you to Libby, the brand new app from OverDrive for your phone or tablet that gives you full access to our digital collection!


Libby is made for mobile, so if you want to download titles to read on the go on your phone, tablet, or eReader, you’ll love it! If you prefer to look at eBooks and eAudiobooks on your computer or need accessibility functions you will still find OverDrive available while Libby continues to grow!


Here’s how to get started with Libby:

  1. On your device, go to your app store: Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or the Windows Store. Search for Libby and install the app (it’s free).
Libby as it appears in the Google Play Store.

2. Open the app and search for St. Thomas Public Library. An easy way to find us is to use your postal code, or use ours: N5P 3Z7


3. Don’t worry about adding your library card number yet. First browse titles by using the search bar. When you tap the search bar, you’ll see an icon that says MORE: Tap this to add other information to your search such as format, subject, or author (creator).

After you tap ‘MORE’ this menu appears with more search options.

You can also find more search options after you have searched for a title and your results are listed on the screen. If the title you’d like is checked out to someone else, you’ll see a Place Hold option instead of a Borrow option when you select that title. Tap this to place a hold on the item. You’ll also see a REFINE option with three lines on the right of your search results: You can use this to narrow your results. A good option in this menu is Hide unavailable titles. With this option selected, you won’t see titles that are checked out to others.


4. Once you’ve located a title you’d like to borrow, just tap Borrow! You’ll see you also have the option to Tag or Read Sample. The Tag option is so you can organize titles any way you like. You could tag items as ‘read’, ‘want to read’, ‘loved’, ‘didn’t love’, etc. Read a Sample lets you try out a section of the book before you borrow it. After you tap Borrow on a title you would like, you will be asked to add your library card number.

This is where you can add your St. Thomas Public Library card. You can add cards from other libraries too!

5. Once you have borrowed a book, tap the Shelf option at the bottom of the screen to see the books you have checked out. Your items will download automatically over a wi-fi connection.

Shelf with current loans on an Android device

From your shelf, you can Renew, Return, or Tag your loans. Just tap on the cover of the book and you’ll see these options.

Give Libby a try! We’re here to help you if you need it. We have courses to teach you how to use an eReader or a tablet, drop-in tech help sessions, and by-appointment tech help sessions! Call us at 519-631-6050 to register or book a time. You can also check out this handy guide from OverDrive for help. Enjoy!