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Once Upon a Summer

Summer Fun at SPL

Once upon a summer, the children of Stratford discovered the joys of reading, exploring, and creating together. Their imaginations soared through the clouds and their hearts danced with delight. Every day was a new adventure.

Beginning June 14, you can register for the TD Summer Reading Club, learn about our summer programs, and take part in the Read Your Way Through Summer Challenge so you can spin a prize wheel & win awesome prizes.

Be the hero in your own adventure this summer with Stratford Public Library! 

Meet our Summer Program Coordinators

Meet Haley and Jay, our Summer Program Coordinators! They are very excited to meet you and have fun all summer reading, exploring, playing, and creating together! 

Browse Programs by Name

Looking to read, explore, and create together? Browse our summer programs below.

For all programs, children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Character Connections

Write and receive weekly postcards from your favourite book characters!

When you come to our summer programs, you will meet a lot of interesting characters! Some are silly, others are brave, and some may even be scary!

Choose which character from our weekly story that you would like to write to. When you come back the following week, you'll receive a response to your letter!

You will hear these books read by staff during Whale of a Tale, Beat the Heat, and Acorns and Oak Trees. You can also read them yourself at sPark Literacy where there will be a special mailbox to send your postcards.

End of Summer Bonus Program

We're never ready for summer to end so come back for a bonus round with Eric & Liz from the MakerSpace!

Browse Summer Programs By Date

BROWSE OUR SUMMER PROGRAMS BY DATE BY CLICKING ON EACH DAY OF THE WEEK

sPark Literacy

10:00 - 11:30 AM | July 4 - Aug 15
Drop-In | Kemp Crescent Park | All Ages

Spark your imagination, your love of nature, and your curiosity! Join our Summer Program Coordinators Haley & Jay and explore the world around us through scavenger hunts, gross motor activities, games, nature exploration, and other fun literacy activities!

Beat the Heat

1:30 - 2:00 PM | July 4 - Aug 15
Drop-In | Lions Pool | All Ages

Storytime is super fun already, but storytime followed by a swim at the Lions Pool is MAGICAL! Children participating in the Beat the Heat storytime will be given a pass for a FREE SWIM in the Lions Pool immediately following the program! 

Whale of a Tale

6:30 - 7:15 PM | Ongoing until Aug 22
Drop-In | Upper Queens Park | All Ages

Looking for ways to make learning to read a playful and fun experience for the whole family? Join Trish every Monday evening for interactive storytelling, songs, puppets, and literacy activities. 

sPark Literacy

10:00 - 11:30 AM | July 5 - Aug 16
Drop-In | SERC Playground | All Ages

Spark your imagination, your love of nature, and your curiosity! Explore the world around you through scavenger hunts, gross motor activities, games, nature exploration, and other fun literacy activities!

Full STEAM Ahead

3:00 - 4:00 PM | July 5 - Aug 16
Drop-In | Optimist Playground | All Ages

If you enjoy learning new things AND playing outside, then join us to jump full STEAM ahead into a summer full of fun! Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, with new and exciting activities every week! 

Reading Buddies

4:00 - 5:00 PM | July 5 - Aug 23
Register | Stratford Public Library | School-Aged Children

Looking for a way to get your child excited about reading? Reading Buddies is a one-to-one reading program for school-aged children to practice their English reading skills and have lots of fun at the same time.

Baby & Me Under a Shady Tree

10:00 - 11:00 AM | July 6 - Aug 17
Drop-In | North Shore Park | Infants & Toddlers

Stretch out under a shady tree with your little one to play, read, sing & meet new friends. Join us for interactive songs, rhymes, and bounces. This program is geared to infants and toddlers but older siblings are welcome too! 

Exploring Stratford

10:00 - 11:00 AM | July 6 - Aug 17
Drop-In | Various Locations | All Ages

Ever wonder what it's like to sit inside a small engine plane or to work as a firefighter? Find out as we explore Stratford each week!

Indigenous Stories & Art

2:00 - 3:00 PM | July 6 - Aug 17
Drop-In | Stratford Public Library | All Ages

Join us as we learn together about Indigenous cultures through storytelling, art, and activities on Wednesday afternoons in the auditorium.

Reading Buddies

4:00 - 5:00 PM | July 6 - Aug 24
RegisterStratford Public Library | School-Aged Children

Looking for a way to get your child excited about reading? Reading Buddies is a one-to-one reading program for school-aged children to practice their English reading skills and have lots of fun at the same time.

Acorns & Oak Trees

10:00 - 11:30 AM | July 7 - Aug 18
Drop-In | Chartwell Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence | All Ages

The joy to be discovered through play, songs and stories is not restricted to nor limited by age. At this intergenerational program, participants of all ages will interact with new friends, share new experiences, and learn new things.

Reading Buddies

4:00 - 5:00 PM | July 7 - Aug 25
Register | Stratford Public Library | School-Aged Children

Looking for a way to get your child excited about reading? Reading Buddies is a one-to-one reading program for school-aged children to practice their English reading skills and have lots of fun at the same time.

Super Coders

7:00 - 8:00 PM | July 7 - Aug 18
Register | Virtual (on Zoom) | School-Aged Children

This summer, become a Super Coder with SPL! Dive into the world of coding with Fiero Code where you can complete missions, create new projects, and build up your own coding superhero character!

sPark Literacy

10:00 - 11:00 AM | July 8 - Aug 19
Drop-In | Anne Hathaway Park | All Ages

Spark your imagination, your love of nature, and your curiosity! Explore the world around you through scavenger hunts, gross motor activities, games, nature exploration, and other fun literacy activities!

LEGOmania

1:00 - 3:00 PM | July 8 - Aug 19
Drop-In | Stratford Public Library Auditorium | All Ages

Explore the endless possibilities of LEGO during this free, drop-in program for all ages. We know that adults love LEGO too, so come imagine and build your creations together!