2018 Library Awards
The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2018.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 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
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!
• 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.
- 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.
About the TD Summer Reading Club Library 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 public 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 offering the program for at least six weeks during the summer months are eligible to apply for the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards.
Prizes and honours
TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards
First-prize winners in each language will receive:
- $10,000 to be invested in 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:
- $2,500 to be invested in 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:
- $1,000 to be invested in 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
To recognize the efforts of libraries, the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and its partners have initiated an annual Accessibility Award. Libraries delivering creative and inclusive programs for patrons with print disabilities as part of their TD Summer Reading Club may apply. Individual awards are available for English and French programming.
For criteria and application form, see: www.celalibrary.ca/tdsrcaward.
Who is eligible to apply for the Awards?
- The applicant must be a local public library or a public library branch that is registered with the TD Summer Reading Club.
- The applicant must have offered the TD Summer Reading Club program, in its local branch, for a minimum of six weeks during the previous summer and have clearly identified the TD Summer Reading Club in all of its promotional and programming materials as outlined in the detailed brand guidelines on the website.
- The applicant must be prepared to promote its TD Summer Reading Club program and share its success strategies through workshops and/or on the program website.
Please note: The winners from any given year will not be eligible for prizes in the following year.
Participating libraries may submit one application either in English or French.
How to apply
- Review the Letter of Agreement for participation (signed by your library to participate in the program), Tips from the Jury for Successful Applications and Evaluation Criteria for the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards, and for the CELA Accessibility Award if applying.
- Complete and print the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards 2018 Application Form [PDF]. Check the CELA Accessibility Award box if applying for that award as well.
- Write a program description that demonstrates both innovation and the results of the public library branch's TD Summer Reading Club program. Entries will be assessed for their impact on children’s reading and literacy, effective outreach strategies, creative program implementation, and clear identification of the TD Summer Reading Club in all materials, as outlined in the Evaluation Criteria for the Library Awards. Entries for the CELA Accessibility Award will be assessed based on the additional criteria for that Award.
- Include essential supporting documentation to substantiate your application. Documentation should effectively define the program offered by your library and can include photographs, letters, statistics, news articles, copies of website pages, newsletters, promotional materials, or other appropriate materials. (High-quality photos are preferred over actual crafts or DVDs.) Clearly label all print/photo documentation with the name of your library.
- Complete the application form and send it along with your supporting documents using either method a) or b):
a) by mail or courier to this address:
Library and Archives Canada
TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards
550 de la Cité Boulevard, Room 5-22
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0N4
b) in a PDF file (26 pages maximum). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for submission details.
Applications must be postmarked October 3, 2018 or earlier.
Evaluation criteria for TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards
Applicants will be evaluated according to all of the following evaluation criteria. The program description and supporting documentation must provide evidence that the public library branch:
- offered the TD Summer Reading Club program for at least six weeks
- clearly identified the TD Summer Reading Club in all of its promotional and programming materials and adhered to brand guidelines
- followed the general theme for the TD Summer Reading Club, and primarily used the program materials provided to offer regularly scheduled and publicized TD Summer Reading Club events and activities
- noted an improvement in the children's literacy and reading habits as a result of the TD Summer Reading Club program (increase in interest in reading/books; increase in time spent reading and/or number of books read; increase in materials circulated)
- clearly indicated connections to reading/literacy in all events and activities and used creative techniques to foster an interest in reading and actively engage children of all abilities in the TD Summer Reading Club.
- gave children access to and promoted materials (books and other media, including accessible materials) of various genres and formats and at different reading levels that were geared to their interests, abilities and experiences
- considered the needs of the print disabled community in the promotion and planning of activities (review Plan for Accessibility on our website)
- developed innovative outreach strategies, and invited various groups of children or involved community groups (e.g. 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs, community centres, summer camps) in the age groups targeted by the library branch
- completed and submitted the TD Summer Reading Club Statistics and Evaluation Form which is sent to an independent polling company. (**Relevant statistics regarding changes and/or improvements in children's literacy and reading habits should be included with the submission to the Awards program as well.)
For more information, please contact your provincial or territorial coordinator or Lianne Fortin: email@example.com
TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards
- 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.