Don’t forget to grab your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an outdoor screening of The Neverending Story happening in Parkdale Park on Saturday, June 23 at 8pm, featuring a special appearance (weather permitting) by the Ottawa Public Library’s award-winning BiblioBike! In addition to this reading-themed movie, there’s also great reading to be had all summer long at the Rosemount Library.
The TD Summer Reading Club is a free, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. It celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, inspiring kids to forge a lifelong love of reading.
Families can pre-register and pick up club materials at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library, which is Ottawa’s oldest and one of the most welcoming too!
We asked a local librarian for recommendations from this year’s reading club book list to get kids started. For little ones, Jennifer Johnson likes the board book One Piece of String by Marthe Jocelyn. This book takes a length of string, and uses it to create images from a snail’s shell to a lightning bolt; a bowl of spaghetti to a clothesline. There is lots of scope for imagination and conversation within this small package. Marthe Jocelyn is a very prolific author, writing for the very young to young adults.
Jennifer says another book of note for Rosemount this year, with its 100th anniversary celebrations underway, is The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie, as Rosemount is a Carnegie library. The author, Andrew Larsen, is also a prolific writer for young readers. The illustrations, by Katty Maurey, are particularly noteworthy in this book which is recommended for kids aged 9 - 12.