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Libraries in the summer

Published on
June 8, 2015
Attention, lovers of thrillers, documentaries or comic strips: summer is finally here! Curled up in an armchair or lying on the grass, what a delight it is to lose yourself for hours in a good book. That’s the joy of reading!


Why not enjoy this wonderful hobby with the kids? The activities offered in municipal libraries open their horizons by showing them that reading a book is one of the great pleasures of the summer (with ice cream, of course!). 

Reaching out to young readers

As you are walking around town, you could come across a group of children hanging on to every word of a storyteller. This will certainly be one of the readers of the Livres dans la rue program, which aims to transmit the love of reading in a relaxed and unstructured atmosphere. In short, bringing the library to the kids encourages them to discover their local library when fall comes.

For eight weeks, ten readers will roam various areas of the city. Sitting on a blanket with children who happen to stop by, the readers will have several books to choose from, and the children select the story that will be read. Then the adventure begins!

Sparking a passion for reading to last a lifetime 

During your next visit to the local library, why not enroll your children in the TD Summer Reading Club? They will receive a fun and colourful kit containing a postcard with a unique Web code, a notebook and stickers, among other goodies. The Club has a rewards program, which offers great prizes and highlights the achievements of young readers, helping to build their confidence.

The theme of the 2015 season is “Games”. Children are also invited to participate in activities organized by the library and to share their favourite books with other participants across Québec and Canada through the club's website.



Here are some suggestions from Renata Podbielski, librarian at the Pierrefonds Library. These books are available in all libraries, so grab the opportunity! 

"All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

Set during World War II Europe, this is a novel to savour until the last page. We discover two main characters, Marie-Laure and Werner, each one on opposite sides of the conflict that is destroying Europe. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold until their fates ultimately collide. Doerr’s latest is highly recommended for fans of Michael Ondaatje's similarly haunting The English Patient.

"Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand

The author of Seabiscuit (2001) returns with another exciting and well-researched story of courage and resilience. This best-seller tells the inspirational true story of how Louis Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent who became an American Olympic athlete and a World War II pilot, crashed into the ocean and survived for weeks on a life raft only to become a prisoner of war. A great read for World War II history buffs.

"The Pearl that Broke Its Shell" by Nadia Hashimi

Hashimi’s first novel tells the story of two young Afghan women, separated by a century, who both share the experience of participating in a tradition called bacha posh, in which young girls are dressed and treated as boys until puberty. Filled with tragedy and triumph, this work is sure to be appreciated by readers who enjoy similarly told stories with strong protagonists by authors such as Lisa See and the Afghanistan-born Khaled Hosseini.

"An Untamed State" by Roxane Gay

Gay’s debut novel provides a disturbing portrait of a politically and economically divided Haiti. The novel begins with Miami-based attorney Mireille, a Haitian-born young woman, visiting her rich and influential parents in Port-au-Prince, with Michael, her white Nebraskan husband, and their baby son. The family is heading to the beach when they are ambushed by men with machine guns, who kidnap Mireille.  Her wealthy father refuses to pay the ransom as a matter of principle so Mireille is left in the hands of her captors who torment her for her privileged life as she tries to remain unbroken. 

There’s a special “holiday” loan that lets you keep the books for 28 days.