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Canada One eRead 2021

Join One eRead Canada, the first national, bilingual (English and French) digital eBook club featuring the celebrated novel Vi by Kim Thuy. This January, more than 600 public libraries, including the SSRPL will be taking part in this simultaneous reading party.
From January 1st to 31st 2021, the SSRPL will offer free, unlimited access to Vi by Kim Thuy in eBook and eAudiobook formats. The book will be available in English and French- without holds or waitlists- on Overdrive, available through the Online Catalogue tab on our website;

The author will participate in a live Q&A on Facebook on January 19th in English, and January 20th in French at 7pm. In the meantime, you can start connecting with readers across the country right away by joining the One eRead Canada Facebook Group ( , by using the hashtag #1eReadCanada.




TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s largest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, and all abilities. The Club proudly celebrates Canadians authors, while we inspires kids to explore the exciting fun of reading.

Kids will be able to come and register and participate in fun reading activities online through the TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC) website which will launch on June 15th, 2020. 


Coronavirus: A Book for Children is a free downloadable picture book that helps answer the questions kids ages 4-10 are asking during this difficult time.  In an NHS-endorsed project, Jenner, Wilson, and Roberts start with what we know right now about this virus, why it matters, how it is spread, what children can do, and how they can help. This book touches everything from being kind to siblings also stuck at home, understanding that parents may not be available if they are working from home, that isolation is necessary, and that it may come with sadness and worry. Then the authors offer advice for what a child can do with this fear.

Zoos and Aquariums

  • Atlanta Zoo: 

  • The Georgia zoo keeps a “Panda Cam” livestream on its website.

  • Georgia Aquarium: 

  • Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium’s live cam.

  • Houston Zoo: 

  • There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo’s live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.

  • San Diego Zoo:

  •  With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.

  • National Aquarium: 

  • Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.

Virtual Museums  

You can find online exhibits from a ton of Canada’s major museums and galleries here. Whether you’re interested in design, photography, paintings, ships, natural history, David Cronenberg movies, or way more, you can find something to occupy your time.

Vancouver Art Gallery

If you’re itching to check out the Vancouver Art Gallery, you can use Google to access the museum itself. Their website also includes some images and explanations related to their current exhibits, available for free.

Art Gallery of Ontario

A lot of the gallery’s pieces are available on its online collection. It’s organized alphabetically, so it’s best to use some of the filters to narrow down what kind of artwork you’re interested in looking at.

Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM has an extensive collection of more than 45,000 objects viewable through its online archive. Just type in something like “dinosaurs” or “gems” and look through thousands of results.

If you’d rather have a more authentic experience, Google Street View lets you go right into the museum itself, where you can pretend you’re walking around through the exhibits.

Canadian Museum of History

A ton of the museum’s exhibits have been made available online, including Alex Janvier’s famous “Morning Star” and an exhibit about the history of Canadian fashion.


Interactive FUN links 

The Cat in the Hat Invents
Everyone’s favorite Cat is the start of this STEM-based website that challenges kids to be engineers and problem-solvers. FREE 
Cosmic Kids Yoga
The Cosmic Kids YouTube channel will get your kids moving for a little post- or pre-study yoga break. Kids follow the poses that also help to tell a story in these short (roughly 10 to 15 minute) yoga sessions. (It also streams on Prime.) FREE
Khan Academy
Khan Academy is always free and provides high-quality content for kids (and adults) of all ages. Make sure to check out Khan Kids for the littlest of learners. FREE
Mystery Science
Mystery Science has opened up its most popular science lessons for FREE and easy for remote learning during the coronavirus crisis. Topics range from weather to who invented pizza. Head to your child’s grade level for age-appropriate learning. FREE (for now)
Rivet is a free reading app that has over 3500 leveled books for kids. FREE
Wow in the World
Wow in the World is a podcast for curious kids and their grown-ups brought to you by the folks at Tinkercast. These 20-30 minute episodes investigate factual real-world stories. FREE