Summer's over and we have our winning Crew! Puddle Jumpers from St. John's, Newfoundland to Cranbrook, British Columbia, helped their team win the 2011 TD Summer Reading Club 'Splash!' Crew Challenge!
Over the course of the summer, 270 kids across Canada requested our accessible kit so they could join in the fun of the TD Summer Reading Club through the CNIB Library. 99 of these kids were brand new Library clients, the highest number of summer sign-ups we've ever had! We'd like to give a special shout out to CNIB Early Intervention Specialists and Rehabilitation Workers who encouraged families to sign up their kids for our awesome free Library service!
Randomly assigned to five different Crews, kids splashed through many of the same books that their friends were reading, in audio, braille, PrintBraille and online formats.
With some kids reading more than 50 books, our Club members read thousands altogether, everything from 'One fish, two fish, three, four, five fish' to 'Rumble fish'. They sent us stories and poems they wrote, water safety reminders and water conservation tips. They told us where they used the CNIB water bottles we sent them and they told us about their favourite (real or imaginary) water creatures.
We love this tactile sea, crafted by brothers Ian and Scott! The starfish are made out of sand and the fish are shaped out of wikki stix.
Some kids checked in through the Children's Discovery Portal Chat Room, to find out how the rest of their Crew was doing. Others worked on Treasure Hunt and Mystery Questions at home independently, sending in their answers along with book lists and book reports at the very end of the summer. Some kept in touch by phone or email, describing the crafts that they had done. We heard about special treasures collected and stashed in the treasure chests kids built, while they explored beaches, rivers, lakes and puddles in every corner of Canada and beyond. Whew, these kids were busy!
This year we were especially pleased to hear from kids who visited public libraries along with their friends to do TD Summer Reading Club activities there! The Partners Program is an important initiative of the CNIB Library and an upcoming blog post will be about the successes and challenges we experienced this summer in supporting public libraries to ensure their 'Splash!' programs were designed with accessibility in mind.
For everyone following the program through the blog this summer, we wanted to reward you with a snapshot of how it all turned out.
- Puddle Jumpers: 311 points
- Lagoon Divers: 269 points
- Swamp Cruisers: 158 points
- Tidepool Surfers: 92 points
- Fjord Fishers: 83 points
Prizes are being sent to the following Puddle Jumper Crew members who helped their team win: Jane, Rebecca, Dorian, Keisha, Lucas, Helen (Mira), Misha, Ian, Rakibul, Joshua, Cyndie, Isabella and Megan.
We're also sending prizes to the top point earners for the other 4 Crews: Veronica (Tidepool Surfers); Ian (Fjord Fishers); Darrelle (Lagoon Divers); and Cassie (Swamp Cruisers).
Crew Challenge winners will each receive a set of summer-themed tactile colouring pages from Tactile Vision.
The points that kids earned also qualified them for the end-of-summer Prize Draw. This summer we had two awesome prizes to give away.
We're sending a very special TD Summer Reading Club 'Splash' T-shirt to Thula in Markham, Ontario.
And our Grand Prize, a Victor Reader Stream DAISY MP3 player generously donated by Humanware, was won by Scott in Val Therese, Ontario.
Congratulations everyone! Thanks to all the kids, parents, families and support workers who made this the best TD Summer Reading Club ever!
If you'd like to provide us with suggestions or other feedback, please comment below, or email us. In particular, we'd like to know:
- Did it make a difference to you that the CNIB Library used the same Splash theme as the TD Summer Reading Club in public libraries this year? Why or why not?
- Did you also participate in Splash activities through your public library? If not, why not?
- Was there anything you really loved or hated about the Kit, our activities or the prizes? How could we make next year's program better?