This year, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is changing its summer reading club.
The Summer STREAM - Science, Technology, Reading, Experience, Arts and Math â€“ is designed to help enjoy a summer of learning while earning fun incentives.
The activities can be done here in the Valley or while on vacation. Library branches will be offering free programs around this theme and AVRL has a website full of ideas for science, technology, art and math to explore.
Learning experiences have been added into this yearâ€™s program to make it more fun and to appeal to a wider audience, said Angela Reynolds, head of youth services at AVRL.
There are also a number of special programs planned, including Mad Science, Little Rayâ€™s Reptile Zoo, musicians Jamie Junger and Andy & Ariana, Lego programs, math games and art programs.
Two library days have been added at Oaklawn Farm Zoo, where anyone 18 and under with an AVRL library card will get in free on July 15 and Aug. 12. AVRL will also be partnering again with Upper Clements Parks to offer a free Fast Pass to those that complete the program. The library, along with Clifford the Big Red Dog, will be at the park on Aug. 16 and 17 for Word in the Park.
Teens have the chance to win great prizes, including a $100 Visa card, and books will be given away throughout the summer.
Last year, the libraryâ€™s GoBots were so popular that AVRL is trying something similar. This year, kids can print their own FINNY the Fish and send in pictures of Finnyâ€™s travels. Where in the world will Finny go? Check the AVRL website to find out. Everyone that sends in a picture gets a chance to win a family pass to Nova Scotia Museums.
Signup for the Summer STREAM begins on June 24 and participants have until Aug. 12 to join the program. The program ends on Aug. 22.