Launch Into Your Library - Summer Reading Club |  July 8 to August 22

The TD Summer Reading Club inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. This is the key to building a lifelong love of reading. The program is accessible to kids of all interests and abilities and this year’s theme, LAUNCH INTO YOUR LIBRARY, will be out of this world.  

Visit one of our Space Stations (Summer Reading Club desks) at any WPL location and our Galaxy Guides (Summer Reading Club staff) will be on hand to help you fill out your reading log, complete your weekly mission, enter to win bi-weekly prizes and give you cool incentives along the way. Plus, you can participate in pop-up activities at each library location and travel through space to make your way to Party Planet. Reading has never been so fun!

NEW Pre-Registration

New this year, you can pre-register your child (ages 4 to 12 years) for the Summer Reading Club! Pre-registering makes things quick and easy for your family. Simply complete the form and then starting Monday, July 8, visit any Waterloo Public Library location to check in at one of our Space Stations (Summer Reading Club desks) to receive your reading log and start your mission!

Pre-register now

Registering In Person

Kids ages 4 to 12 years can visit one of our Space Stations (Summer Reading Club desks) between Monday, July 8 and Thursday, August 22 to sign-up and begin their space mission (please see desk hours below).

Desk Hours

Our Space Stations (Summer Reading Club desks) will be open during these hours. The desk times below apply for all WPL locations.

Mondays 10am to 8pm  
Tuesdays 10am to 8pm  
Wednesdays 10am to 8pm  
Thursdays 10am to 8pm  
Fridays 10am to 12pm 1pm to 5pm
Saturdays 10am to 12pm 1pm to 5pm

How It Works

You are traveling through space and need to get to a planet that is 50 light years away but is supposed to be even cooler than Earth! Along the way, you run into space debris and face multiple challenges. Will you make it to Party Planet or will you be stuck in our solar system? 

Each week, kids will have a new missions and activities that will inspire them to learn and have fun as they work towards making it to Party Planet.

Visit our Space Stations (Summer Reading Club desks) from Monday, July 8 until Thursday, August 22 during specified desk hours to receive weekly reading logs and missions from our Galaxy Guides (Summer Reading Club staff). Each week, kids can complete either 15 minutes of reading for 4 days or a space-themed mission to be entered into our prize draws. Plus, there will be pop-up activities at all locations. 

Weekly Themes

Each week, there will be pop-up activities and special mission cards. Check out the activity themes below:

Week 1: Moon
Week 2: Solar System
Week 3: Life in Space
Week 4: Robotics
Week 5: Growing Food in Space
Week 6: History
Week 7: Stars

Missions graphic with cartoon kids looking through a telescope
Each week, when you visit one of our Space Stations, you will receive a mission card. Mission cards allow you to track your reading and complete fun activities at home. Complete either side to get a ballot for the bi-weekly prize or complete both sides to get 2 ballots!
End of Summer Party graphic with cartoon kids and creatures floating in space having fun
End of Summer Party
After 4 visits to our Space Stations, you will be invited to join us at the End of Summer Party on Party Planet on Saturday, August 24 from 1:30-4pm.
Prizes graphic with cartoon kids looking at model planets
Complete missions or track your reading for a chance to win one of our bi-weekly prizes. Plus, once you reach 4 visits to our Space Stations you will receive a ballot for our grand prize draw.

Pop-Up Activities

Enjoy special pop-up activities based on our weekly themes from July 8 to August 22. Please see the schedule below for specific location information. Children must be accompanied by an adult while participating in a pop-up program.

2:30pm to 3:30pm

(Jul 8, 15, 22, 29 & Aug 12, 19)

Main Library Auditorium

2:30pm to 3:30pm

(Jul 9, 16, 23, 30 & Aug 6, 13, 20)

McCormick Branch Optimist Room

2:30pm to 3:30pm

(Jul 10, 17, 24, 31 & Aug 7, 14, 21)

Eastside Branch Program Room

2:30pm to 3:30pm

(Jul 11, 18, 25 & Aug 1, 8, 15, 22)

John M. Harper Branch Program Room