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The TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) is a partnership between the TD Bank Financial Group, the Toronto Public Library and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Sponsored by TD, the TDSRC was originally created by the Toronto Public Library in 1994 for its 99 branches. Since 2004, through a joint initiative with LAC, this bilingual program is offered to public libraries across the country.
The TD Summer Reading Club encourages children ages 12 and under to read during the summer while having fun. Centred on a creative theme, the program fosters literacy and engages children in improving their reading skills as they take part in exciting activities. Each participant receives a bilingual activity booklet, a poster and stickers. The TDSRC website offers programming materials for libraries as well as a special site for children with games and activities related to reading.
TD Summer Reading Club
Staff members from the Children's Literature collection at LAC use their expertise to help develop content for the TD Summer Reading Club. They write the yearly thematic essay; participate in the selection of works for booklists, ensuring they reflect Canadian cultural diversity; help choose the illustrator; and provide input into the artistic direction of visual elements. Additional contributions on their part include participating in the national creative committee and the French creative committee; adapting English content for Francophone communities; conducting bibliographic research; and creating appealing and relevant content for activities targeting different age groups.