Welcome! We are thrilled to announce our program lineup this summer!
Hi! We are Stacey and Emily and we are thrilled to be your Summer Program Coordinators here at the Stratford Public Library!
We have many exciting programs coming your way this summer and we look forward to meeting you: the incredible kids, families, and caregivers in our community.
Engaging programs will be offered in the library and throughout the community between July 2 - August 16th.
Pick up a TD Summer Reading Kit and join us for a sneak peek of our children's summer programs during
Get Your Summer Read On Week from June 15-21.
Go wild this summer!
Did you participate?
Thank you for participating in our Summer Programs! We are very interested in your feedback to improve our programs. Please take a few minutes to respond to our short survey. Print copies are also available at the children's service desk.
Ready, Set, Go Wild!
- All programs are free, drop-in friendly and open to all ages. (registration required for Reading Buddies)
- View our summer program brochure, or print it off for your fridge!
- Drop in to the library to get your TD Summer Reading Program kit starting June 15th.
- Read your way through summer using this game board (copies available at the Library)
- Online, find books suitable for all ages.
- Learn about 2019 artists, Clayton Hanmer and Jo Rioux
Beat the Heat
1:30-2:00pm | @ Stratford Lions Pool, 15 William St. [map]
Join us for stories and songs at the Lions Pool, followed by a free swim for participating children. Adults must accompany children aged 8 and under. The cost for adults to swim is $5.25. For more information, see the regulations for the Lions Pool. [more info]
2:00-3:00pm | @ SPL
Make, create, build, explore at Maker Mondays! Use our technology from the Maker Space lab and a variety of other unique materials. [more info]
Whale of a Tale
6:30-7:15pm | @ SPL
Join us for interactive storytelling, songs, puppets, crafts and play. [more info]
* no programs on July 1 and August 5 (Library closed)
10:30-11:30am | @ Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre, 1067 Ontario St. [map]
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle! At Wiggly Worms, we're all about wiggling! Explore gross motor activities, dramatic play, sensory stations, and more! [more info]
Ready, Set, STEAM!
2:30-3:30pm | @ SPL
We are bringing the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to the library this summer. Join us on Tuesday afternoons to try out new activities and challenges. [more info]
4:00-4:30pm, 4:30-5:00pm, 5:00-5:30pm | @ SPL *preregistration required
Reading Buddies helps build children's confidence reading in English or French by pairing them with volunteers who read with them and do other fun activities each Tuesday for 8 weeks. Registration begins June 17. Contact Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org / 519.271.0220 ext. 140. [more info]
Let the Games Begin!
6:30-7:30pm | @ SPL
Games, games, games galore! Discover new ways to play old games, test out the latest games, and even create your own. [more info]
Wild & Wacky Storytime
10:00-11:30am | @ Anne Hathaway Park, corner of Bruce St. and Downie St. [map]
Join in on games, songs, stories, and tons of excitement at this Wild and Wacky Storytime. The biggest question at the end of each program will be: What will we think of next?! [more info]
Baby and Me Under a Shady Tree
10:00-11:00am | @ North Shore Park on William St. [map]
What could be nicer in the summer than stretching out under a shady tree with your little one to play, read, sing & meet new friends? [more info]
1:00-2:00pm | @ various locations. Check here for weekly locations.
Anything can happen on a Wednesday! Go wild every Wednesday afternoon as we try new things and visit new places. The sky is the limit! [more info]
4:00-5:00pm | @ The Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie St. [map]
FEAST stands for “Families Eating And Story Telling Together”. Make your own pizzas, and enjoy fun activities every Wednesday beginning at 4:00 at the Local Community Food Centre. [more info]
Acorns and Oak Trees
10:00-11:30am | @ Chartwell Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence, 439 Downie St. [map]
Join PLOW for this fun, intergenerational story time; enjoy books, puppets, literacy activities and crafts. [more info]
Prepare for the Fair
10:30-11:30am | @ SPL
We're excited for the Stratford Fall Fair! Are you? Join us on Thursday mornings to learn new skills and to create amazing entries for the fair. Each week will provide different materials and activities to help with your exhibits. [more info]
Indigenous Stories and Art
3:00-4:00pm | @ SPL
Join us as we learn together about Indigenous cultures through storytelling, art, and activities on Thursday afternoons in the auditorium. [more info]
Paws 4 Reading!
6:30-7:30pm | @ SPL
The best listeners are our four-legged friends, so who better to read to than our furry companions? St. John Ambulance volunteers will be visiting us with their therapy dogs to join in the fun. [more info]
10:00-11:00am | @ various locations. Check here for weekly locations.
Ever wonder what it's like to sit inside a small engine plane? Or to be a police officer? Or to care for a rescued animal? Come to Exploring Stratford to find out! [more info]
2:00-4:00pm | @ SPL
Create the CN Tower, the House of Parliament, or something completely original! We provide the LEGO and DUPLO, you bring the inspiration. [more info]