City Libraries kick-off TD Summer Reading Club

City Libraries kick-off TD Summer Reading Club

Released: 10:41 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s largest bilingual summer reading program, returns for another year of reading fun and programs at Winnipeg Public Library. Children of all ages can now visit any library branch to receive a free bilingual reading kit that includes an activity notebook, stickers, and a calendar to track reading. 

“Frequent reading is a pathway to higher learning and the TD Summer Reading Club is a fun way to get children engaged and improving their literacy skills,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “With over 2000 public libraries participating across the country, the Club is helping build literacy for the next generation of Canadian children.”

Participants can explore recommended reads, track their reading, and participate in activities online. Submit your progress at any Winnipeg Public Library branch for a chance to win great prizes, including books, swim passes, or tickets to a Winnipeg Goldeyes game.

“There’s no better way to discover new ideas, learn new skills, or be transported to a new world than to pick up a good book,” said Sherri Rollins, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “We can’t wait to welcome young readers of all ages to the Winnipeg Public Library for a summer of reading and fun.”

Pre-readers can also join the club by being read to by their parents, siblings, or caregivers. Reading aloud to children supports early literacy skill development and improves school readiness.

The Teen Summer Challenge Card also returns for youth in Grades 7 – 12. For each challenge teens complete, they’ll receive a ballot from library staff to enter a prize draw. Pick up a bilingual challenge card at any branch, or download it at Winnipeg Public Library – Booked

Check out the online calendar or view the What’s On at Winnipeg Public Library brochure for information on all programs, including special performances and story times. All programs are free, and require registration.

TD Summer Reading Club runs until Friday, September 2.

For details on all summer programs, visit:

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on College Avenue

Released: 1:50 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 8:28 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire at a vacant, one-and-a-half storey house in the 300 block of College Avenue.

When crews arrived on-scene, they found a well-involved fire in a vacant house that was extending to one floor of a second, occupied, two-and-a-half-storey house. Crews immediately evacuated the neighbouring property. They launched a defensive attack on the first property, and an offensive strategy on the second. Hand lines were established to knock down both fires, and an aerial ladder was set up to support the operation. Crews also evacuated a second neighbouring property as a precaution and pressurized the building.

Three firefighters were assessed on-scene for injuries. Two were transported to hospital in stable condition, and a third was transported in unstable condition. No other injuries were reported.

“The heat and humidity today created challenging conditions for crews and WFPS thanks all members for their hard work and commitment to the safety of Winnipeggers,” said Scott Wilkinson, Assistant Chief of Community Risk Reduction.

The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services was called to assist 16 occupants of the fire extension property in finding temporary accommodations. It is expected that the residents of the other neighbouring property will be able to return to their home once crews complete their work.

Firefighters knocked down the fires in both properties, and are addressing hot spots and conducting overhaul operations. College Avenue is closed between Aikins Street and Charles Street and residents are advised to avoid the area.

The vacant one-and-a-half-storey house is expected to be a total loss and suffered damage from previous fire activity. The two-and-a-half storey house suffered major structural damage to the attic, as well as smoke and water damage throughout. The cause of the primary fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

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