The Martensville Library has a wide array of activities planned for the summer, which includes something for all ages.
For kids ages 0-13, the TD Summer Reading Club will be taking place. To participate, you can track your reading minutes and earn virtual tickets for every 30 minutes that you read or are read to this summer.
Teens and adults have their own Summer Reading Bookmark Challenge to take part in, where you can pick up a Summer Reading Challenge Bookmark from the library and fill out the back with your name and phone number. After reading a book from cover to cover, punch out one of the holes on the bookmark. Continue reading throughout the summer and punching holes. Return the bookmark by September 4th and you will receive one prize draw entry per completed book, up to ten entries. Only one bookmark per person is allowed.
To help with easy tracking, the library recommends the online tool ‘Beanstack’, which allows you to track your reading minutes, books read and activities completed. With ‘Beanstack’, you can also add friends, join challenges, see your reading streaks and find books for new reads. Register as a family, or individually under one log in.
Each week, the Martensville Library also provides a take home activity kit, which changes from week-to-week and are for different ages. Kits are only available while supplies last and can be seen on the Martensville Library Facebook and Instagram pages.
All ages are invited to participate in the Wheatland Summer Fun activity, which can be done through ‘Beanstack’. Those taking part must complete at least two activities per category to earn a virtual ticket into the Wheatland grand prize draws. Activity categories include; Fun in the Kitchen, Outdoor Fun, Fun with Books, Library Fun, Out of this World, Fun on the Move, Fun at the Movies, Creative Fun, Fun Around the World and Fun & Games.
From July 5-10, July 26-31 and August 16-21, the Martensville Library will have a Look & Find in the Park activity available for the community. Hidden pictures can be found within Andrea’s Park, located on the corner of 1st Street South and 1st Avenue South. Prior to participating, stop by the library to pick up a clue sheet.
Another fun activity taking place this summer is Storybook Trail, which will be located within Veterans Park, on the corner of Centennial Drive and Main Street in front of City Hall and the Civic Centre. This will take place from June 14-20, July 12-18 and August 9-15. This is a family-friendly activity that will feature pages of stories posted along a pathway within the park.
“The Martensville Library is excited to be open and have summer activities this year. Last year at this time, we were just re-opening, and operating with curbside only, so a summer program of this kind was non-existent. The focus of the summer program is the same – to inspire kids, teens and adults to read during the summer and to provide safe activities for patrons in our community to do,” Librarian Marla Skomar said.
“The program this year includes take & go crafts and outside activities that families can explore on their own schedule and in a safe manner. We are employing the online tracker Beanstack so patrons can participate from anywhere. The library is open for the public to come in and check out materials but will have no seating or hang out spaces at this time. Please follow all public health restrictions that are in place. Have a great summer and we hope to see you at the library or participating online,” Skomar added.