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About the Awards

Since 2007, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local libraries across Canada. Separate awards are presented for the English and French summer reading programs.

The TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards are sponsored by TD Bank Group, which is a committed and generous supporter of children’s literacy across Canada. 

The Awards were established to promote excellence in summer reading programs by:

  • celebrating creative library staff who engage children in the joy of reading through their TD Summer Reading Club program
  • promoting community partnerships that strengthen children's reading skills 
  • facilitating the sharing of information among public libraries across Canada so that they can further develop exemplary summer reading programs 

Libraries on the participating library list for 2021 are eligible to apply for this year’s TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards.

Prizes and honours

TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards

First-prize winners in each language will receive:

  • $8,000 to be invested in the children’s section of their public library branch
  • an honorary plaque
  • national recognition through a press release
  • the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony

Second-prize winners in each language will receive:

  • $4,000 to be invested in the children’s section of their public library branch
  • an honorary plaque
  • national recognition through a press release
  • the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony

Third-prize winners in each language will receive: 

  • $2,000 to be invested in the children’s section of their public library branch 
  • an honorary plaque 
  • national recognition through a press release

Winners will be announced at public library related conferences.

CELA Accessibility Award

CELA and its partners offer an annual award to promote excellence in accessible programming and to celebrate the creativity of library staff who engage children with print disabilities in their TD Summer Reading Club. There is one award for English programming and another for French programming.

Past Winners

2020  Due to the constraints imposed by COVID-19, the Accessibility Award was not offered in 2020

2019 Moose Jaw Public Library, SK

2018  Cochrane Public Library, ON

          Bibliothèque de Saint-Léonard, QC

2017 Bibliothèque Jean-Lapierre, QC

Who is eligible to apply for the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards?

To apply, you must:   

  • be a public library (or a public library branch) that participated in the TD Summer Reading Club in 2021
  • be prepared to promote your TD Summer Reading Club program and share your strategies and successes through workshops or on the program website 

Please note: The winners from any given year will not be eligible for prizes for three years following their win.

Participating libraries may submit one application per year and must choose either the English or the French stream.

How to apply

  1. Review the Evaluation Criteria for the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards
  2. Complete the 2021 Application Form
  3. Add a text that presents your 2021 TD Summer Reading Club program and briefly describes any challenges posed by the pandemic (Maximum 1,500 words).
  4. Optional: Include supporting documentation (up to 5 photos/images or a 2-minute video).
  5. Send this package to by November 15, 2021.

Evaluation criteria

Applicants will be evaluated according to all of the following criteria. Your program description and supporting documentation must provide evidence of how your library met these.

  1. Offered the TD Summer Reading Club program 
  2. Described the creative, effective and original strategies put in place to motivate children to read, as well as the efforts made by staff to achieve this goal
  3. Clearly indicated the connections between their Club activities and reading or literacy
  4. Briefly described any challenges the library encountered due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  5. Adhered to the TD Summer Reading Club brand guidelines
  6. Considered inclusivity (review the Plan for Accessibility section on our website)
  7. Completed and submitted the TD Summer Reading Club Statistics and Evaluation Form

For more information, please contact your provincial or territorial coordinator or Lianne Fortin:

Selection committees

  • Library and Archives Canada will supervise an independent administrator who will coordinate two selection committees, one committee for each language. 
  • The administrator will select a nationally recognized panel of at least three judges for each selection committee. 
  • The judges will be chosen from the fields of children's literature and librarianship, literacy or education.

2021 Library Awards

Library and Archives Canada, together with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) Library Awards.

Since 2007, the Library Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TDSRC programs run by public libraries across the country, in both English and French.

First prize ($8,000)

English program

[coming soon]

French program

Jury members would like to acknowledge the exceptional organization of the very first edition of the Donnacona Municipal Library TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC). This small team’s efforts attracted about one-hundred young readers, who read nearly 900 books over the summer. Individual and group reading goals meant the children could go at their own pace while feeling a sense of belonging. This no doubt contributed to the TDSRC’s success.

Duo-Tangs with suggested subjects, a mosaic showing the children’s favourites, and an educational lounge area also motivated the youngsters to achieve their goals. 

Donnacona Library staff were incredibly flexible in accommodating all age groups and types of readers. The jury applauds the implementation of one exceptional feature: an effective reading workshop that suggested tailored books and strategies, in addition to providing parents with advice and tools.

Jury members also commend the outstanding inclusivity of the program, which provided families with suggestions for material tailored to children with reading difficulties. In Donnacona, young readers who have dyslexia, autism, or a visual or hearing impairment were able to take part in the activities and have fun reading.

(See Donnacona Municipal Library's video [French only])

Second prize ($4,000)

English program

[coming soon]

French program

The jury was very impressed with the wide range of activities that Kirkland Library thought up and offered. Despite a summer full of challenges and changing health restrictions, the organizers managed to make the TD Summer Reading Club a unifying and dynamic event. The result: loans of children’s books doubled!

In addition to creating a number of partnerships with the community, the Library showed how resourceful it is, brilliantly adapting its activities to make them available online. Participants’ reading efforts were rewarded with an impressive outdoor wrap-up party. At that event, Kirkland Library had the wonderful idea of offering workshops with an author and an illustrator from the region. From the kick-off to the closing celebrations, it managed to make reading an activity for everyone!  

(See Kirkland Library's video [French only])

Third prize ($2,000)

English program

[coming soon]

French program

Chambly Municipal Library charmed jury members with its original ideas: a marble machine and a photo booth. TD Summer Reading Club participants collected 543 marbles in the machine, for a total of 2,715 books read over the summer. 

A local artist painted a work of art containing a hidden word on the Library’s windows, and the youngsters could take a picture of themselves in front of it.

In addition to story time, the staff created some 30 activities for various age groups to encourage the children to develop their creativity, logical thinking and language skills. Finally, participants were treated to a circus show to wrap up this great summer of reading. The jury was impressed by how successful it was: participation increased by 400%!

(See Chambly Municipal Library's video [French only])

In addition, the following libraries received honourable mentions:

English program

[coming soon]

French program

This year, Mercier Library focused on the theatrical aspect of reading by offering an impressive array of activities related to show business and reading aloud.
In addition to a very original dubbing workshop, it organized three contests, one of which asked participants to write something inspired by the character of the unicorn, a prominent figure at the Library. Participation increased by 85%—these initiatives were clearly successful!

Sainte-Julie Library managed to make reading interesting and enjoyable. It offered a wide range of fun activities, such as reading aloud, creating herbariums, concocting recipes and conducting science experiments. Undeterred by the health restrictions in place, library staff travelled to city parks every week, with the Reading Squad, holding story times and enabling children to access books in their neighbourhood.

2020 Library Awards

Library and Archives Canada, together with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC) Library Awards.

Since 2007, the Library Awards have been given to recognize and reward the most innovative and effective TD SRC programs run by public libraries across the country, in both English and French.

First prize ($8,000)

English program

We were impressed with all that Westmount Public Library managed to put in place for the Club in 2020, despite a reduced budget, very limited planning time, and a summer that would be drastically different due to COVID-19.

The extensive participation they garnered resulted from their commitment to having a large variety of activities (such as local author visits and a StoryWalk®), offering Canadian content and putting in place efficient communications, such as numerous e-newsletters.

This Montréal neighborhood library was able to provide an experience of community solidarity during a difficult time. They made great use of the TDSRC promotional and programming materials, and even created their own emoji characters to go with the Club artwork.

French program

The Bibliothèque L’Octogone brilliantly achieved the objectives it set out for itself, despite a difficult year. It managed to maintain connections with its clientele through its many online resources, namely its website, Facebook group and newsletter.

Faced with the circumstances we are all too familiar with, the library implemented digital activities. Its website, which was constantly updated, captured the attention of young people throughout the summer, encouraging them to actively participate in weekly challenges and lightning rounds.

The library clearly stated the objectives of the TD Summer Reading Club in its activities. Additionally, the results related to these objectives were clear, precise and convincing. Finally, we should mention the creation of a simple but innovative activity: the promotion of books by Quebec children’s literature authors, an addition that perfectly matches the Club’s core principles.

Second prize ($4,000)

English program

Orillia Public Library delivered a positive and engaging TDSRC program this year. At a time when personal interactions with others were so limited, the library provided opportunities for children of all ages to safely interact with staff, one-on-one. 

 It was impressive how this public library kept a long-term view in how they delivered the Club program in 2020. Their efforts were not only focused on promoting reading during that particular summer, but on a long-term goal of building a lifelong love of reading and libraries. They included the children’s picture reports and the teens’ book reviews in a weekly newsletter sent to families.

Even when the library doors were closed, Orillia residents could see a tree blooming in the library window, with leaves being added each time a child reported their reading. This simple and creative idea had a positive impact on the community during the pandemic.  

French program

The Lachine Libraries (specifically, the Saul-Bellow and Saint-Pierre libraries) stood out due to their resources and originality. Notably, they engaged community partners to create challenges for kids and provide reading suggestions.  

The libraries successfully demonstrated their originality during a year that was atypical, to say the least. Their fantastic website captured the imagination of kids and gave them a sense of belonging. Quite the virtual feat!

But the most impressive feature was undoubtedly the creation of an entirely new avatar system: kids could create gender-neutral avatars for themselves and see these avatars evolve throughout the summer. This initiative showed that the libraries considered their target audience and their interests.

Third prize ($2,000)

English program

Pickering Public Library promoted family engagement and community wellness. Their Book Bash, launch of Canadian authors, book prizes, and flexibility for online “drop ins” were wonderful ways to engage kids and develop literacy skills.  

The library’s transition into a virtual program for the Club in 2020 was impressive. Their Club launch party demonstrated the importance the library places on literacy skills: the children received free books by Canadian authors/illustrators and learned how to register for the Club.

The library showed resourcefulness in adapting their program to an online environment. (Normally they focused on book reporting, which was quite successful.) Using video conferencing tools, library staff were able to provide a fun book reporting experience to children, asking them questions about what they had read and also breaking the isolation.

French program

The two branches of the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Libraries clearly demonstrated how they achieved their objectives. All summer long, the focus was on accessibility: they invited a drag queen, provided gender-neutral audio books, and offered kids online and print activities.

In addition, their “What are you doing this summer?” clips and comprehensive website enabled the libraries to maintain connections with their clientele.

We found all the objectives to be excellent. The Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Libraries made admirable efforts to initiate and maintain contact with children, notably by creating a conversation page that brought together librarians and children in the community.

In addition, the following libraries received honourable mentions:

English program

Orangeville Public Library set itself a unique objective: teaching families how to support their children’s early literacy development.

To do this, the library featured interactive online storytimes in which a librarian read to her 7-year-old child. Families could use curbside pick up to collect craft bags that complemented the storytimes.

Their approach showed the special relationship that a parent and child could develop by reading together.

Cochrane Public Library continued to support their community by ensuring that their collection included English, French and Cree materials, as well as documents for people with visual impairment or those without Internet access.

The staff created varied opportunities for kids to participate despite unreliable or non-existent Internet connectivity, the remoteness of access, and the challenges of curbside pickup. 

The library showed resourcefulness in adapting their program to all members of their community, including the area’s large Cree community. 

Beaumont Library accomplished a lot with a small budget, showing resourcefulness in their creation of no less than 67 videos!

They also created a beautiful reading nook that featured a literacy quote, and read the first chapter of various school-aged titles, thus encouraging literacy in a fun and engaging manner throughout the summer.

The library’s focus on variety to encourage literacy was impressive. 

Champlain Township Public Library tapped into their community network of farmers to pique the interest of young and future readers. Storytimes for sheep, dogs, cows, etc. provided an entertaining and humorous interaction between the library staff member, the wildly distracted listener, and the audience (the child viewing the video). 

Their Facebook Live storytime events were popular as well as educational with the books read or presented being about the animals that were walking around the storyteller. 

This bilingual program series was outstanding!

French program

The Ville de Laval Libraries were creative in using catchy themes―mystery and knowledge―to target children aged 8 to 12, a group that is sometimes difficult to integrate into youth programming.

Their concept of video clips was very well thought-out, and the quality of the product, magnificent.

The libraries also had the great idea of hiring female actors from their community.

The Varennes Library had a simple goal: encourage children to read whenever, wherever and however they wanted.

It offered a variety of activities, including videos and webisodes that kept the children entertained throughout the summer.

The Verdun Libraries offered the kids beautiful bingo cards! There were some for every age group, and the variety of challenges they presented was a great way to get kids excited about reading while having fun. 

The libraries also posted several resources and videos on their website that encouraged children’s participation during the unusual summer.

2019 Library Awards

Library and Archives Canada, together with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC) Library Awards.

Since 2007, the Library Awards have been given to recognize and reward the most innovative and effective TD SRC programs run by public libraries across the country, in both English and French.

The first prize ($8,000) winners in English and French are:

Shelburne Public Library (Ontario) developed a program to promote reading and books. The creative activities designed for the Club emphasized the joys of reading and supported literacy goals to encourage children to explore their interests, be curious and embrace discovery.

Employees prepared activities for everyone—infants, parents and children—and organized various clubs based on different themes, like LEGO blocks, cooking and glue making. 

Thanks to the quality and variety of its programming, the library hosted a large number of children eager to participate in the Club week after week.

Pointe-Claire Public Library (Quebec) stood out thanks to a creative and innovative program that took advantage of opportunities available in its region. In addition to promoting reading among children, the branch created challenges for the entire family to encourage everyone to participate in the Club.

By creating a reading brigade, the library was able to reach the broader community: one employee on a bicycle distributed books at day camps and other locations, and handed out raffle tickets to passersby.

Special attention was also given to children with reading difficulties, who were able to read to a therapy dog.

The library’s wide-ranging activities made the Club a hit with children and their families. 

The second prize ($4,000) winners in English and French are:

Timmins Public Library (Ontario) offered an exceptional summer program, as shown by parents’ comments.

It reached as many people as possible through extensive community promotion and creative, lively activities such as a literacy fair, an escape room and an urban pop-up library, all with the help of various regional partners. 

In addition to offering bilingual activities, staff made accessibility a priority, ensuring that children of all abilities could participate in the Club. Finally, thanks to encouragement from staff, young readers also wrote and submitted over a hundred book reports to the library! 

Sainte-Catherine Public Library (Quebec) did an outstanding job in offering a program for children of all ages, even infants. Its balanced programming combined reading with activities that encouraged the young participants to interact. The group construction of a LEGO block creation was especially effective in encouraging children to read. Each child received a block for every book they borrowed.

The library also took full advantage of the nature theme by organizing activities centred on sustainable development and the environment, both inside the branch and outdoors.

All of these efforts by staff to deliver a comprehensive program to the public were rewarded—their Club enrolment increased by almost 25%!

The third prize ($2,000) winners in English and French are:

Scugog Memorial Public Library (Ontario) offered a program based on reading and inclusivity.

Club activities encouraged children to read more, their parents noted. An activity that combined reading and jewelry making, called “Read and Bead,” was very popular among youth.

Staff made a point of offering a program open to everyone. This included giving books to children who would not have had a chance to borrow from libraries otherwise. In addition to encouraging reading in the branch and at home, the library partnered with schools and daycare centres to promote the Club.

Through these initiatives based on inclusiveness and community engagement, even more children were able to participate in the Club. The library reported a 78% increase in registrations!

Trois-Rivières Libraries (Quebec) focused their program on reading, the core of all their activities. They not only leveraged the full potential of books in their programming, but promoted all of the resources available in their branches.

The libraries worked upstream, surveying parents and children to better identify their interests. As a result, they created an accessible and attractive program for various age groups. They also allowed children go to a step further by setting personal goals.

The promotional activities generated a lot of visibility for the Club, and led to higher registration numbers in 2019. Staff engagement and interest among youth carried the day!

 In addition, the following libraries received honourable mentions:

Penhold and District Library (Alberta) matched a book with each of its program activities, making literacy one of their priorities. Staff enriched their program by incorporating the nature theme with survival activities (like in Survivor) and camping stories, and by adapting Club activities to allow children in different age groups to participate.

Staff efforts to promote the Club and reading, and to design an attractive program for all children, were rewarded: the 130 children registered read over 3,430 books!

Melville Public Library (Saskatchewan) did an outstanding job of accommodating all children with special needs and allowing them to fully participate in the Club. In collaboration with the community, staff proposed environmentally friendly activities that effectively complemented the nature theme, including planting a garden and sustainable development activities (reducing, reusing, recycling and rethinking the way we use resources).

Despite limited staff, the library organized a popular children’s program, as indicated by comments from parents who noticed the Club’s positive impact on their children.

Wawa Public Library (Ontario) hosted four major clubs throughout the summer. Children’s activities were book-based and featured reading: an escape room game was designed to find a book, and a jar of candy was filled as the children read books (“Reading is Sweet”).

Although it serves a small community, the library made a considerable effort to promote the Club throughout the region.

Mercier Library (Quebec) launched its Summer Reading Club by symbolically adopting a polar bear. In addition to “visiting” the polar climate, staff took the children on a desert expedition, a deep-sea diving adventure and a tropical excursion.

To encourage the children to read, the library planted a tree every time 150 books were read. Thanks to the children’s commitment in devouring more than 1,200 books over the summer, the library planted eight trees.

The library’s programming helped foster discoveries and fuel the children’s curiosity, both for reading and nature.

Gatineau Public Library (Quebec) promoted the Club and reading through a strong outreach effort in daycare centres, schools and community organizations. Its proactive approach extended the scope of the Club’s contact with the community. 

With a program of nearly 300 activities, children were able to explore over a dozen nature-related topics. It generated a lot of positive feedback from parents and a lot of interest among children. The proof is the library’s record participation rates!

Alfred Plantagenet Public Library (Ontario) supported reading through their Club’s play and craft activities. The creation of a book featuring the children’s crafts strengthened their artistic skills and self-confidence.

Despite limited resources and the vast rural area they cover, the libraries managed to offer a rich and interesting program for the region’s youth. As a result, the Club’s registrations doubled! 

Finally, the winner of the Centre for Equitable Library Accessibility Award:

Moose Jaw Public Library (Saskatchewan)

2018 Library Awards

Library and Archives Canada, along with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, is excited to announce the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club Library Award winners.

Since 2007, these awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in each official language in public libraries across Canada. 

First prize winners:

Carleton Place Public Library (Carleton Place, Ontario) offered an impressive, inclusive program with their limited resources. In addition to visiting local schools to promote the TD Summer Reading Club, the library enclosed a promotional pamphlet with June report cards and in town water bills.

Staff created a poster encouraging parents to come forward if their child required any form of accommodation. Grant money was used to hire tutors to differentiate the program and to assist individual children struggling with literacy skills.

The library website offered participants electronic access to the program. Children who could not make it to the library for every session were able to check in virtually and maintain their reading status.

The Art Shack set up in the parking lot allowed families to participate in library programming even when the library was closed.

Tied in first place: 

Bibliothèque municipale de Candiac (Candiac, Quebec) offered a notable program that featured varied activities always centred on reading and literacy. Program themes were selected to engage both boys and girls. Staff also created an activity book for children with autism and added resources in braille.

Anne Villeneuve, the illustrator of the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club, held a workshop for program participants.

An active outreach program significantly increased registration for this summer reading program.


Chelsea Library (Chelsea, Quebec) extended its programming into the small community, involving day camps, the mayor, fire fighters at the fire station, a sugar shack, and a local farmer who offered samples of fresh produce at the farm. Volunteers helped the small staff develop a robust program with interesting and appropriate activities for all reading levels.

The program was promoted at local schools and community venues, including the fair, resulting in lots of participation at all age levels.

Promotion of the program at local schools and community venues, including the fair, resulted in lots of participation at all age levels.

Second-prize winner:

Churchill Falls Library (Churchill Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador) did a wonderful job of promoting their library program. Staff visited schools, placed TD Summer Reading Club posters throughout the town, and hosted a parent information night in the branch to explain the program in detail to the parents.

They also planned a stuffed toy sleepover, an outdoor ABC scavenger hunt and two pop-up story times in the community.

With very limited funding, Churchill Falls Library made an amazing effort through their summer reading club to place the library at the centre of community life.

Third-prize winners:

Burlington Public Library (Burlington, Ontario) implemented an incredible outreach program across its seven branches. Staff went to schools, local festivals, kindergarten registration nights, and partnered with other organizations to involve children of newcomers, and other families, who otherwise may not have been aware of the program. This led to a significant increase in registration among young participants.

Activities and outcomes were designed to keep families engaged, and even children who could not be present at the library were able to participate. Reading rewards, such as zoo passes, were also family oriented.

Médiathèque maskoutaine (St-Hyacinthe, Quebec) featured varied activities always centred on reading and literacy. Staff created a reading bingo to encourage participants to experience a variety of types of books, and combined music and reading in some activities.

Staff visited community centres and day camps in the region to attract new registrants. They also sent weekly bags of books to camps, which resulted in hundreds of additional books borrowed throughout the summer from those locations.

Honourable Mentions:

Melville Public Library (Melville, Saskatchewan) implemented a remarkable summer program solely based on funds raised by the library.

Activities were varied, creative and always linked to literacy. Everyday materials were used for art activities to raise awareness of reusing and recycling.

Other highlights included effective online promotion, Indigenous authors and books, and great displays of resources, resulting in very positive parent feedback.

Orangeville Public Library (Orangeville, Ontario) involved the community creatively through music, dance, art, crafts and by extending events outside the library to the police station, parks, and the Farmers’ Market.

Library staff created a “Wonder Wheel” that featured tactile and non-print information to engage participants in a sensory experience.

Timmins Public Library (Timmins, Ontario) partnered with the Ojibway & Cree Centre to offer a broad spectrum of programming. They included therapy dogs, braille kits, Indigenous resources, puppet shows and local authors in their summer reading club.

Bibliothèque Armand-Miller (Saint-Urbain-Premier, Quebec) offered a great program despite the limitations of having only one part-time employee and a small budget. The library’s TD Summer Reading Club became a popular attraction for children and families, with half of the children in the local schools participating!

Promotion focused on developing a reading habit within families. Circulation increased dramatically over the summer and many new patrons registered.

Bibliothèque Jean-Lapierre (Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec) offered an excellent summer program as reflected in the comments that parents submitted. The library offered some sessions at a local historic site, focused each event on reading, and integrated activities for children with disabilities.

As part of their outreach initiative, staff created a reading corner at several local day camps and provided collections of books for participants.

Winners of the Accessibility Award offered by the Centre for Equitable Library Access are:  

  • Cochrane Public Library, Ontario
  • Bibliothèque de Saint-Léonard, Quebec


“Congratulations to this year’s recipients and to libraries across the country that have taken part in the TD Summer Reading Club. Library and Archives Canada fully supports the Club’s efforts to encourage the enjoyment of reading among children. Reading is the key to knowledge and the source of imagination for our youth.” 

– Dr. Guy Berthiaume

Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada

“Once again this year, the TD Bank Group is proud to sponsor the TD Summer Reading Club as part of The Ready Commitment. By investing in early learning, we help young people build the foundation for future success. Reading builds young learners’ confidence and opens doors to a more inclusive tomorrow. Congratulations to this year's award recipients and thank you to the 2,052 library branches across the country that delivered more than 45 522 activities for the 831,546 participants.”

– Andrea Barrack
Global Head, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship

“Congratulations to this year’s Library Award winners for their exceptional creativity and enthusiasm and for delivering programs that are fresh, fun and exciting. By keeping children engaged in reading and learning activities over the summer, they are helping them become successful lifelong learners and readers.” 

– Jessica Roy
Manager, TD Summer Reading Club
Service Development & Innovation
Toronto Public Library

2017 Library Awards

Library and Archives Canada, along with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, is proud to announce the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club Library Award winners.

First-prize winners of $10,000:

Callander Public Library (Callander, Ontario) demonstrated that with creativity, community partnerships and passion, it is possible to have an amazing TD Summer Reading Club program on a very limited budget.

The library created an “escape room” that offered participants a fun and exciting way to “get away” by becoming more familiar with the set up and services of the library. Kids used a variety of strategies to decipher and solve clues and puzzles, including spelling and completing math questions based on the Dewey Decimal System.

Callander also collaborated with the North Bay 1305 robotics team to run a full day camp with the TD Summer Reading Club in the morning and Lego and robotics in the afternoon. This resulted in some children, who had initially signed up only for the Lego and robotics activities, participating in the Club and the related reading program. Staff demonstrated a commitment to accessibility by downloading a translation app so that one little boy who had recently moved from Poland could participate in the weeklong camp even though he could speak very little English.

As well, library staff collaborated with the Métis Nation of Ontario to feature Métis traditions and information about First Nations people, to provide a deeper connection to and understanding of Métis culture.

Métis-sur-Mer Bilingual Public Library (Métis-sur-Mer, Quebec) Thanks to a variety of promotional strategies, including collaboration with teachers and early childhood educators, this library attracted participants from 120 kilometers away! These efforts resulted in a 73% increase in participants and 64% more books read than in 2016. Despite a very small budget and limited staff, the library presented an excellent program, offering numerous activities to involve children of all ages.

Staff organized an amazing program launch, a book festival, a reading tent, story time visits to eight parks and reading events at playgrounds and local beaches. The strong liaison between activities at playgrounds and the summer reading program attracted many children unfamiliar with the library to come in and take advantage of its resources and amenities.

Second-prize winners of $2,500:

Clarington Public Library (Bowmanville, Ontario) took the initiative in the spring to seek out schools in need of literacy support. These schools received special staff visits to promote the summer reading program and involve children who might not be familiar with the library. Staff outreach also included speaking to families on the street, at the local fair, and during the Get Your Summer Read On event.

To maintain participation in and enthusiasm for the TD Summer Reading Club throughout the summer, library fines were waived for registered kids and a Ride to Read program enabled kids to use their library card as a bus pass.

The Read across Canada program was a visual record of reading and encouraged readers to earn 1 kilometer per book read to travel 7,400 kilometers across a map of Canada from St. John’s to Victoria. Participants in 2016 read fewer than 5,000 books, but as the map indicated that 2017 readers were getting closer to 7,400 kilometers and to Victoria, they became more and more engaged in the campaign. They did “arrive” in Victoria and were greeted by the mayor in a video message welcoming them to the city and celebrating the 7,400 books read.

Châteauguay Municipal Library (Châteauguay, Quebec) had a record-breaking summer, increasing participation by 110% over the previous year. Staff also noted a significant increase in traffic in the children’s department and in circulation of materials. 

The launch event, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” involved a number of organizations in the community and featured kiosks such as The Adventure Station and The Second-hand Book Exchange.

The library ensured that the TD Summer Reading Club program was very visible in the community by promoting it in both print and social media throughout the summer and “taking it to the people” with lots of programming outside the library. Promotion and outreach strategies included staff visits to14 schools and 6 daycare centres, visits to day camps, story time in 8 parks, and a family fair as the final summer event.

Third-prize winners of $1,000:

Spruce Grove Public Library (Spruce Grove, Alberta) wanted to encourage families to spend more time reading together so they launched an adult summer reading club in addition to the kids program. They rewarded adults for reading with their kids, effectively turning reading time into a family affair. 

They also implemented a Moose Race across Canada and challenged other libraries to see who could go the farthest. Kids would tell their parents, “We need to go home and read some more, so that our moose can catch up.” 

This library almost doubled program participation from 2016!

Saint-Michel Public Library (Montréal, Quebec) To meet the needs of a very diversified clientele, both economically and linguistically, library staff decided to take the program out to participants. TD Summer Reading Club activities were offered in a number of parks, and books travelled by book bike and reading van to various neighbourhoods for loan.

The library worked with a number of community partners to support their outdoor reading program. Even the fire department participated by helping to animate story time in the park!

Honourable Mentions:

Bibliothèque d'Acton Vale (Acton Vale, Quebec) Programming at this library included reading and presentations focused on themes such as First Nations, legends of Glooscap, Canadian inventions, and online books. A clothesline featured covers of books read, a bookshelf displayed best reads selected by participants, and the launch theme was “Canada by Bicycle.”  Participants read twice as many books as in the previous year!

Airdrie Public Library (Airdrie, Alberta) made a strong effort to get reading materials into the community. Staff promoted literacy using multi-library partnerships and programming in English, French and Spanish. Activities also highlighted digital literacy and involved STEM elements. Reading and literacy were clearly the focus of all of the programming at this library.

Médiathèque maskoutaine (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec) staff developed a series of games based on Canadian themes to encourage kids to read and to become familiar with lots of different types of resources. Book Bingo, Who Stole My Name, and a library treasure hunt were very successful. The library also offered reading club related events and activities at local day camps.

Orangeville Public Library (Orangeville, Ontario) effectively incorporated TD Summer Reading Club materials provided into their promotional and program items. Library staff developed engaging literacy incentives and challenges in both French and English and offered programming six days a week. The focus on reading in various activities was evident. The community responded with a lot of positive feedback about the programming and outreach by library staff.

Bibliothèque de Sainte-Julie (Sainte-Julie, Quebec) Outreach was a significant element of this library’s summer program which featured a Book Brigade that toured the community; mini lending libraries in the parks; reading activities featuring the arts, science and the outdoors; and a reading challenge contract with each participant.


Congratulations to the winners and to all the libraries across Canada that participated in the TD Summer Reading Club. Library and Archives Canada fully supports the Club’s efforts to engage children in the joy of reading. For young people, reading is the key to learning and a spark to imagination.

Dr. Guy Berthiaume
Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada

As part of The Ready Commitment, we are proud to sponsor TD Summer Reading Club again this year, investing in early learning that will help young people to gain the foundations for future success. Through this partnership, we are opening doors to a more inclusive tomorrow by increasing young learners’ confidence in the future through the power of reading. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients and thank you to the 2,061 library branches across the country that delivered more than 38,000 programs to 718,399 participants.

Andrea Barrack
Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group

The Toronto Public Library would like to congratulate the award winners for their outstanding creativity and commitment. We would also like to thank public library staff across the country for inspiring Canadian families each summer with their infectious enthusiasm for books and reading.

Jessica Roy
Manager, TD Summer Reading Club, Toronto Public Library

2016 Library Awards

Library and Archives Canada (LAC), along with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards for 2016. 

Since 2007, these awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in each official language in local public libraries across Canada.

First prize of $10,000 was awarded to: 

Shelburne Public Library (Shelburne, ON). Jury members remarked that staff at this library clearly linked all of the TD Summer Reading Club activities to reading and literacy to create an outstanding program. Their innovative activities were designed to inspire new fiction and non-fiction reading choices and their World Wilderness Tour really demonstrated the connection to the theme.

Paul-Aimé-Paiement Library (Québec, QC) also offered a variety of original and innovative activities each week. Library staff reached out to several community organizations such as women’s shelters and a welcome centre for refugees to promote their reading club and provide programming to the children. Their Urbaniculture project featured a library roof garden that was seeded and tended by reading club participants. 

The second prize of $2,500 was awarded to: 

Idea Exchange—Hespeler (Cambridge, ON). This library offered a Sensory Friendly Summer Reading Club for special needs children. They also showed great outreach efforts in promoting library activities and reading in the community, making sure that their TD Summer Reading Club pop-up tent appeared at all community events. Library staff and volunteers were always available for one-on-one reading consultation.

Candiac Library (Candiac, QC) created interesting literacy-focused activities throughout the summer and invited expert guests to speak to the participants. Library staff strove to promote a variety of reading materials, including creating a listening centre for access to audiobooks where stuffed animals wore headphones along with the children.

Third prize of $1,000 was awarded to: 

Westmount Public Library (Westmount, QC). Library staff made an excellent effort to attract participants to the program and maintain their interest with a wide variety of activities to promote reading. They successfully incorporated literacy and nature in their programming—a great idea for an urban environment. There were many creative elements and strong community involvement in this library’s TD Summer Reading Club.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux Public Library (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC) offered different reading challenges every week and created wonderful programmes targeted to all ages throughout the summer. Their reading rewards included adding leaves to the ever-growing reading tree, a table of leaders, collector’s cards and a chance to work at the checkout desk!

Honourable Mentions 

Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library (Ontario). This very small library used the materials provided to offer a strong summer program for children in the area. They held a Library Literacy Event featuring a travelling zoo, story telling, book displays and various other library resources. The only staff member posted flyers throughout the community to promote the program and organized a grade one field trip from the local elementary school in June to introduce the children to the facility itself.

Gananoque Public Library (Ontario) created a great claymation video and extended their outreach program to all area children. They offered their TD Summer Reading Club when other programs were not available so they were not in competition. They also featured a display of materials for print disabled children.

Leader Branch Library (Sakatchewan) created the reading reward of Leader Library dollars that children could spend at local sponsoring businesses. Staff also established a partnership with the nearby Hutterite colony and each week a few children would come to the library for an afternoon, exchange books and take them back to the other children in the colony.

Médiathèque maskoutaine (Quebec) created lots of reading activities for local day camps and set up a competition for reading achievement between camps. They featured a Book Expo and offered participants a chance to Read Away Fines. 

Métis-sur-Mer Bilingual Public Library (Quebec) This small library conducted fund raising activities and collaborated with the larger library system to purchase and display French books to support the 2016 theme. They set up a reading tent at a local event to promote the program and created small group activities to accommodate children with special needs.

Milton Public Library (Ontario) This library’s Read and Ride program offered children 14 and under free bus transportation to the library via their library card. The library hosted 3 Leading to Reading sessions over the summer for children in grades 1-4 reading below their grade level. The children met weekly with trained volunteers to read, write and play literacy-based games.

Spruce Grove Public Library (Alberta) featured online registration for their TD Summer Reading Club. Staff included sensory resources and books by or about Indigenous Canadians in their main book display. Their active promotion of the program included brief presentations about the Club in local schools, and classes booked into the library for tours and Wild story time.

2015 Library Awards

Library and Archives Canada (LAC), along with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards for 2015. Since 2007, these awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in each official language in local public libraries across Canada.

For the programs offered in 2015, the winners of the first prize of $10,000 are:

Pickering Public Library (Pickering, Ontario) Highlights of this library’s program included working with the Durham Health Region to determine areas with low Early Childhood Development Indicators and focusing programming to meet the needs of children there. Participants always had access to staff for one-on-one selection and reporting, and a Ride-to-Read program which connected library cards to bus passes to provide children with free transportation to the TD Summer Reading Club. 
Rosemont Library (Montréal, Quebec) The library began promoting the TD Summer Reading Club in the spring, targeting non-user families in their community, and developed their program to meet the needs of these families. The librarian visited splash pools and parks in the area to engage children and to promote the program to parents. The resources and activities offered by the library were exciting, diversified and designed to meet the literacy needs of the whole community.

The second prize of $2,500 was awarded to: 

Kirkland Public Library (Kirkland, Quebec) Staff ensured that all activities had a clear connection to reading and literacy, providing a variety of resources for different reading levels. Club participants could see the progress of their reading over the summer as they added a bead per book to a bead maze leading to a large jar to tally books read. The library also featured TD Summer Reading Club logos, illustrations and activities in all programming materials and on the website.
Robert-Bourassa Library (Montréal, Quebec) TD Summer Reading Club participants read 6,130 books over the summer. Library staff created a Bibliopoly game to encourage exploration of all of the library resources. They adapted the program for families travelling during the summer by continuing reporting until the end of August. 

Third prizes of $1,000 were awarded to Carbonear Public Library (Carbonear, Newfoundland) which offered an outstanding program despite very limited resources, and Mattice-Val Côté Public Library(Mattice, Ontario), where volunteers offered an ambitious program despite the lack of budget money.

Honourable Mentions

  • Arnprior Public Library (Ontario) 
  • Chelsea Library (Quebec) 
  • Emile-Nelligan Library (Quebec) 
  • Gananoque Public Library (Ontario) 
  • Henri-Bourassa Library (Quebec) 
  • Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Library (Quebec) 
  • Shelburne Public Library (Ontario) 
  • Stratford Public Library (Ontario) 
  • Westmount Public Library (Quebec) 

2014 Library Awards–Eureka!

Library and Archives Canada, along with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, are pleased to announce the winners of the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards for 2014. Since 2007, the Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada. This year, the first and second prizes were awarded on June 5 at the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Library Association Conference in Ottawa.

The first-prize winners for 2014 are as follows: 

  • Musquodoboit Valley Library Services, Halifax Public Libraries (Nova Scotia) 
  • Médiathèque maskoutaine (Quebec)

Musquodoboit Valley Library Services 
The community of Musquodoboit Valley does not have access to a physical library, but that did not stop its sole librarian, Amanda Fullerton, from offering the TD Summer Reading Club to children! Amanda put considerable time and effort into organizing the Club by bringing ever-changing boxes of books to a public park and running a full program from a gazebo there so that children in this small rural community could enjoy reading over the summer. A true lesson of innovation and determination!


Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations , TD Bank Group
Amanda Fullerton, Community Librarian, Musquodoboit Valley Library Services
Johanna Smith, Director General, Library and Archives Canada

Médiathèque maskoutaine 
The 2014 TD Summer Reading Club at Médiathèque maskoutaine was a great success, earning this library the first prize in the French category! The number of book loans increased significantly over the summer. The lead organizer played a key role in the success of the TD Summer Reading Club. In addition to storytelling, she brought tubs of books to local day camps that children could look through at their leisure. Médiathèque maskoutaine held several book draws to encourage young people to keep reading.


Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations, TD Bank Group
Sophie April, Public Services, Médiathèque maskoutaine
Johanna Smith, Director General, Library and Archives Canada

Second and third prize winners:

The Richmond Green Public Library (Ontario) was awarded second prize for its very innovative technology-driven programming. In particular, it encouraged young readers to explore online resources and gave them electronic certificates of completion. 
Second prize was also awarded to Bibliothèque de Beaconsfield (Quebec) for its creativity in attracting young readers, as well as its employees’ efforts during the TD Summer Reading Club. 
Third prize was awarded to the Red Deer Public Library (Alberta) for its community involvement. The staff at the Red Deer Public Library held story time at the local farmers’ market! 
Bibliothèque de Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette (Quebec) won third prize as it participated in the TD Summer Reading Club for the first time and, with few resources, exceeded its reading goals. The library staff showed passion and enthusiasm in making the Club a great success!

Honourable Mentions

• Chelsea Library (Quebec)
• Clarence-Rockland Library (Ontario)
• Leader Branch Library (Saskatchewan)
• Octogone Library (Quebec)
• Pembroke Library (Ontario)
• Saint-Léonard Library (Quebec)
• Saint-Pie Library (Quebec)
• Wainfleet Library (Ontario)

2013 Library Awards - Go! 

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the TD Summer Reading Club are pleased to announce the winners of the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards for 2013.

Since 2007, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada. The awards were officially presented to the first and second place winners on May 31st at the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Library Association conference which was held in Victoria, British Columbia.

The first-prize winners for their 2013 programs are Westmount Public Library (Westmount, Quebec) in the English category and Bibliothèque Robert-Bourassa (Outremont, Québec) in the French category.

Westmount Public Library staff and volunteers combined creative programming with good literacy practices to actively promote reading. The results of their efforts were evident in their readership statistics and the feedback they received from participants and parents.

Bibliothèque Robert-Bourassa used a variety of creative techniques to encourage children to read and included the community in the process through a successful art project. Their “Tour de défi de lecture” was an effective visual record of the reading children completed throughout the summer.

Second-prize winners are Pickering Central Library (Pickering, Ontario) in the English category and the Bibliothèque municipale de Sainte-Christine (Sainte-Christine, Quebec) in the French category.

Pickering Central Library reached out to a large number of children with its TD Summer Reading Club in 2013. Over 300 children reported on the books they had read each week, all of the children had one-on-one time to talk about the books they had read with library staff or volunteers.

Bibliothèque municipale de Sainte-Christine is a very small library with limited resources that depends on volunteers to run the program. A giant reading thermometer in the library measured the number of books read and on-line activities and communication kept children reading on days they weren’t at the library.

Honourable Mentions 

  • Clarence-Rockland Public Library (Rockland, Ontario)
  • Crossfield Municipal Library (Crossfield, Alberta)
  • Médiathèque Maskoutaine (St-Hyacinthe, Québec) 
  • Orangeville Public Library (Orangeville, Ontario)
  • Red Deer Public Library (Red Deer, Alberta)
  • Springfield Library (Springfield, Ontario)

2012 Library Awards - Imagine 

The first prize winners are the Queen’s Square Branch, Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge, Ontario) for the English category, and Bibliothèque L’Octogone (LaSalle, Quebec) for the French category. Second prize winners are the Carleton Place Public Library (Carleton Place, Ontario) for the English category, and the Bibliothèque de Chelsea (Chelsea, Quebec) for the French category. The awards were officially presented on June 1 at the closing ceremonies of the annual conference of the Canadian Library Association in Winnipeg, Manitoba. First prize winners each receive $5,000 to be invested in their libraries and second prize winners receive $2,500 for the same purpose.

Congratulations as well to those libraries who received Honourable Mention for their programs: Airdrie Public Library (Airdrie, Alberta); Bibliothèque de Saint-Lambert (Saint-Lambert, Quebec); Bibliothèque de Sainte-Julie (Sainte-Julie, Quebec); Pickering Public Library (Pickering , Ontario); Wainfleet Public Library (Wainfleet, Ontario); and Westmount Public Library (Westmount, Quebec).

A joint initiative between the TD Bank Group, Library and Archives Canada and the Toronto Public Library, the TD Summer Reading Club is an award-winning program that offers children and their families a fun way to enjoy reading during the summer months. Through the participation of libraries across the country, the program offers an innovative approach towards helping to raise literacy levels in Canada.