Summer Reading Program

Reading is an important life skill and our Summer Reading Program is designed to motivate you to read all summer long. The goal is to encourage reading and reward readers with engagement, prizes and activities!

For children, the Summer Reading Program will help reduce summer learning loss through creativity, discovery and FUN. Check out our assortment of programs, services and challenges to participate in over the summer. There is something for everyone!

Read Beyond the Beaten Path 

Journey into the Unknown! This summer, break away from the ordinary and dive into a world of endless possibilities with our Summer Reading Program. Designed for adventurers young and old, our program will take you on a journey through uncharted territories of imagination and knowledge. Join us for a summer of reading excitement and surprises. Register now and start your journey!

Read Beyond the Beaten Path is open to children entering grades 1-7. Each week will be a different theme and run Monday to Thursday. If registering for a full week doesn't work in your summer schedule, we have some single-day programs over the summer. These will run July 2-4, August 6-8 and August 19-21. 

To ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience, we have split the participants into age-specific groups. This allows us to accommodate more children and design age-appropriate activities that match the abilities and interests of each group. As a result, every child will enjoy an enriching and fun experience, with activities suited to their age.
Entering Grades 1-3 (1-2:30pm)  |  Entering Grades 4-7 (3-4:30pm)

Pre-registration is required for each week by using the Events Calendar.

This week is single day programs and requires pre-registration for each individual day. 

July 2 - Dinosaurs
July 3 - Harry Potter
July 4 - Trapped in a Video Game

Pre-registration is required for each day by using the Events Calendar.

This is a weeklong program and requires one registration for the entire week. 

Literature knows no boundaries: Explore every corner of the earth!
July 8 – Snake Island 
July 9 – Shark Island  
July 10 – Volcano Island  
July 11 – Isolated Islands (Non-Contact Tribes) 
Cost: $5.00/week 

Pre-registration is required for the week by using the Events Calendar.

This is a weeklong program and requires one registration for the entire week. 

Book your literary expedition: Where every page has a new horizon!
July 15 – Tallest Mountains  
July 16 – Strange Mountains  
July 17 – Mountain Explorers  
July 18 – Famous Mountains  
Cost: $5.00/week 

Pre-registration is required for the week by using the Events Calendar.

This is a weeklong program and requires one registration for the entire week. 

Reading waves of wonder: Explore Ocean depths through literature!
July 22 – Lost Ocean Treasures  
July 23 – Mysterious Ocean Depths  
July 24 – Deep Sea Creatures  
July 25 – Deep Sea Diver Stories
Cost: $5.00/week 

Pre-registration is required for the week by using the Events Calendar.

This is a weeklong program and requires one registration for the entire week. 

Discover the world through words: Your passport to adventure!
July 29 – Desert Animals  
July 30 - Dangerous Temperatures  
July 31 – Sandy Mountains  
August 1 – Sahara Sandstorms
Cost: $5.00/week 

Pre-registration is required for the week by using the Events Calendar.

This week is single day programs and requires pre-registration for each individual day. 

August 6 – Fantasyland  
August 7 – Create your own Comic  
August 8 – Craftopia  

Pre-registration is required for each day by using the Events Calendar.

This is a weeklong program and requires one registration for the entire week. 

Reading uncharted territories: Let books take you new places!
August 12 – Undiscovered Amazon Cities  
August 13 – Lost Amazonian Tribes  
August 14 – Treasures of the Amazon  
August 15 – Animals of the Amazon 
Cost: $5.00/week 

Pre-registration is required for the week by using the Events Calendar.

This week is single day programs and requires pre-registration for each individual day. 

August 19 – Space Adventure  
August 20 – Time Travel/Futuristic Day  

Pre-registration is required for each day by using the Events Calendar.

Story in the Park

Looking for a fun and engaging way to spend time with your little ones this summer? Our Story in the Park program is the perfect blend of storytelling, outdoor adventure, and creative crafts! 

Each week, we gather in the park to enjoy a delightful story, participate in exciting outdoor activities, and a fun craft to take home. Sign up now and enjoy the fun! Story in the Park is open to families and will run on Monday mornings from 10-10:45am. Each session will have a different theme with a story, take-home craft and more! Pre-registration is required. 

July 8 - Island Treasures
July 15 - Mountain Discovery
July 22 - Under the Sea
July 29 - Desert Explorers
August 12 - Rio in the Rainforest
August 19 - Wish Upon a Star

Pre-registration is required for each week by using the Events Calendar. The deadline to register is the Thursday before each session. 

Science Quest

Get ready for an adventure like no other with Science Quest! This summer, we're introducing a new summer program that combines outdoor fun with hands-on science experiments for curious minds. 

Perfect for younger children and their parents, Science Quest offers an engaging and educational outdoor experience that will ignite a passion for discovery. Sign up today and embark on a journey of exploration, learning, and unforgettable memories! Science Quest is open to families and will run on four Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45am. Each session will have a different theme with a story, science experiment and more! Pre-registration is required. 

July 10 - Learn About Lava
July 24 - Marshmallow Mountains
August 7 - Scientific Creations
August 21 - Dino Dig

Pre-registration is required for each week by using the Events Calendar. The deadline to register is the Thursday before each session. 

Travelling Tales

This summer we will be visiting some parks or playgrounds around town to share stories, games and activities!

Travelling Tales is open to families and will run on three Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45am. Each session will have a different theme and pre-registration is required.

July 17 - Slithering with Snakes (Bevan's Park & Nature Area - Meet at playground: 900-20 St)
July 31 - Swinging with Monkeys (3rd Avenue Tot Lot: 421-3 Ave
August 14 - Splashing with Sharks (Wallace Park - Meet at the Lion's Shelter: 1300-10A St)

Pre-registration is required for each week by using the Events Calendar. The deadline to register is the Thursday before each session. 

Take Away Crafts

Enjoy these simple crafts at home, at grandma's house or while camping. 

Take Away Craft Kits will provide engaging crafts/activities that younger children can complete together with their parent/caregiver. The craft kits will excite children’s imaginations and encourage creativity.
While the Take Away Crafts tend to be geared towards pre-school and early elementary ages, any age may register. 

This program requires registration and the kits can be picked up for children to be able to create the craft at home. Any kits not picked up by the end of the week will placed out on a first come, first pick up basis to anyone registered or not.  

July 15-19
July 29-August 2
August 12-16
August 26-30

Pre-registration is required by using the Events Calendar. The deadline to register is the Thursday before each session. 

Friday 15

Help Wainwright win the most readerly community throughout the summer. Read for 15 minutes on Fridays and report it. 

On Fridays in July and August, we work together as a community to get the highest number of people reading for 15 minutes at some point during the day. This can include reading anything—a magazine, a book, some educational material, even Facebook! As long as it’s reading, it counts. Fill out the webform below to report how many people in your home or office participated and help us earn the title of Most Readerly Community within Northern Lights Library System!

Read for 15 minutes on: 
Friday, July 5
Friday, July 12
Friday, July 19
Friday, July 26
Friday, August 2
Friday, August 9
Friday, August 16
Friday, August 30

For everyone submitting that they read for 15 minutes, their name will go into a Northern Lights Library System wide draw for a box of local Alberta made snacks. 

Report your 15 minutes

Reading Logs

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Chalk Art Contest

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Swag Swap

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Volunteer

Colorful hands raised above a green box with the words Volunteer at the Library

We are looking for volunteers over the summer to help out with our Summer Reading Program. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, connect with people, make a difference and gain work experience. 

If you are entering grades 8-12, fill out an application today!

Volunteer Application Form

Benefits & Advantages to a Summer Reading Program

Encouraging summer reading is a fantastic way to keep your child's mind active over the summer, promoting a positive summer activity that can be done virtually anywhere at any time.

11 Benefits of Summer Reading Programs