There are TWO summery experiences for children listed on this page: the first is the “CRAFT in a Bag” program and the second, the TD Summer Reading Club program, is further below. Get involved in both! Have fun!

This summer the library is bringing the crafts to your home!

Pick up a FREE themed “Craft in a Bag” at your library branch. The bags include the materials, craft instructions, and “how-to” instructions to help you search for complimentary reading materials in our library catalogue! Spend some fun time crafting away at home & reading with the kids!

“Craft in a Bag” do not include basic supplies like glue, scissors, tape and crayons. Each week the bags will have a different theme and craft. Also, each week’s bag will be posted at our MMPL Summer Reading Program 2020 Facebook group with pictures of contents. Please join the group if you are on Facebook!

If you need glue, scissors, tape and crayons, the library is offering a FREE “Starter Kit Bag” by request.

Both “Craft in a Bag” and “Starter Kit Bag” can be picked up in Almonte or Pakenham each week starting Jun 29th. Order bags by email at or by phone at 613 256 1037. Current curbside pick-up times are:

Almonte Branch:

  • Tuesdays from 10 am to noon
  • Wednesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • Thursdays from 3 pm to 5 pm

Pakenham Branch:

  • Wednesdays from 3 pm to 5 pm

Bags with craft materials are for you to keep, but if you request other library materials (books, movies, audiobooks, etc.) with your bags, you can return them later in the bins or the book drop, when you come to the library.

Also, please share your family’s creations at our Facebook group: MMPL Summer Program 2020 –

This summer the EXCITING TD Summer Reading Club will be delivered online. It’s packed with activities, from reading to writing jokes, to attending workshops and sharing opinions, and watching movies. Check the list below!

Participating is easy, join here

The website will allow kids to do the following:

  • Create an online notebook—Kids create their own digital notebooks and can track their reading by adding the books they read over the summer to their digital notebooks. There is also a special section in their notebooks to record reading material other than books, such as games and recipes. Kids can personalize their notebooks with a nickname and avatar, and the notebook will store any contributions kids make to other parts of our website, such as jokes and stories (see below). Each time a kid adds a book or submits content, they are rewarded with a digital badge that is stored in their notebook.
  • Read ebooks—We have ebooks for all ages and interests, and in both English and French. Once kids set up their online notebooks, they can access the ebooks at any time over the summer—no waiting lists or restrictions!
  • Vote in the Battle of the Books—This is an 8-book tournament in which two books battle for top choice each week. All of the books are available as ebooks, so kids can read the books online and then vote for their favourite. At the end of the summer one book will be crowned as the summer’s champion.
  • Review books—Kids can share what they think about books they have read for other kids to see.
  • Participate in weekly trivia—Each week, we will have a new multiple choice trivia question for kids to answer. After selecting an answer, kids see an explanation and a prompt to explore the topic further.
  • Write stories—Our silly stories ask kids to add their own words to a pre-written, hidden story. Once kids fill in the word prompts, the full story is revealed—and it’s usually silly! We also have story starters, where kids continue writing a story that we’ve started for them. Kids can read the story endings that other kids have submitted.
  • Read and write jokes—Kids can write their own jokes and read the jokes submitted by other kids. There is an option to like a joke and sort the jokes by most popular and trending.
  • Read an original web comic—Kean Soo has written an original web comic called The Transfer Student. Kids can read it and then participate in discussion questions with other kids. For bilingual kids, Yves Bourgelas has written an original web comic in French that they can check out as well.
  • View author/illustrator readings and workshops—We will be offering 28 online readings and workshops that can be accessed through the kids’ site, including videos from Dave Whamond, Kean Soo and Yves Bourgelas.
  • Print colouring sheets— colouring sheets  ranging from simple to advanced for parents to print out for kids of all ages.
  • Find the perfect book—Kids answer our book-finder questions to find the book most suited for them.
  • Do at-home book reporting by sharing our written and illustrated book reports.
  • The TD Summer Reading Club will also be on YouTube this summer! Visit Bibliovideo to enjoy videos related to Canadian books for children. We’ll be adding videos to the TD SRC Bibliovideo playlist over the summer.
  • Watch National Film Board films with us. The NFB has compiled a list of films suitable for the 2020 TD Summer Reading Club theme with free online access to library patrons for home viewing. We’ll be posting them through the summer.