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Eckville Municipal Library is building the annual TD Summer Reading Club with a turnaround at home.

Children will receive packages full of supplies to keep busy with games and craft items, as well as prize sheets to keep track of their reading.

Patti Skocdopole, director of the Eckville Municipal Library, says there are two kits full of goodies related to this year’s “Game On!” Theme.

“What we did was provided with many tools for creative play and the development of your own games and games from all over the world and even just to start physical activity,” said Skocdopole.

The first package is about team spirit and the creation of their “extravagant Olympic games”.

Children can create their own mascot, decorate a team hat and participate in the javelin throw using a pool noodle.

The second kit is more oriented towards indoor activities and games with the possibility of designing your own /

The kits come with a guide full of content ideas, and parents can run them with their kids as they wish, or even use the objects to get creative and do their own thing.

Skocdopole says it was important to pass this program on to the children after all they have been through this year and they like the way the activities are interactive for the whole family.

Prize sheets are included and can be returned to the library for prize entries every five books read. A minimum of a book read results in a registration for the first prize draw.

The first kit of the summer reading program became available in July. 31 and the second kit is expected to be available the week of August 11.

Registration can be done by contacting the library by phone, email or Facebook. The program is for children aged 6 to 12.

Currently the library does not host any internal programming, including outdoor activities that take place in the green space, but are open to the public.

The new library hours are Tuesdays from 10 to 17, Thursdays from 14 to 20 and Fridays from 11 to 17 Masks are not necessary unless they receive individual IT instructions.

The library will also publish as a distributor of disposable and non-medical masks for the community as part of the Masks for Albertani program.

The masks are available for use within the library or in packs of eight to be taken away by community members.

During the closure of the library, the building underwent renovations before reopening the doors with new floors and a new layout to comply with the guidelines on social distancing.

“There is a bit of sadness because we had to move the soft furniture and toys out and all that kind of thing, but in terms of real space it illuminated the space,” says Skocdopole.

During the renovations they also had to go down to two computers to keep the social distance and hang protective screens between the shelves.

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