Missions
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100 Things To Do Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

List of fun things to do with your child before they enter kindergarten.

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Animal Rights
Voice


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Mission Badge
Baking Bonanza
Adult Cookbook Book Club

What is more fun then diving into the world of desserts and baked goods! There are so many different tasty treats to try and now is your chance! Different flavors, textures, and decorations!

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Mission Badge
Based on a True Story
All Programs

Not all stories are fiction. Many fiction books have been transformed from a true story. Or many you just enjoy a good true story. 

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Black Lives Matter
Voice


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Mission Badge
Chefs Kiss
All Programs

Even make believe characters get hungry. Now's your chance to fill them up with food!

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Climate Change
Voice


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Mission Badge
Cookbook Book Club All-Star Challenge
Adult Cookbook Book Club

This mission is not for the weak of heart, you will need to complete all 5 tasks to be considered an all-star! Good luck!

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Mission Badge
Cookbook Read (Fiction)
Adult Cookbook Book Club

In this mission we will explore a different realm of Cookbooks. There are many authors that take cooking and pair it will mystery and other types of fiction. I will share some options with you of fun and cozy reads, that are all about cooking and baking. Interestingly enough...you might find some of these on the Hallmark Channel. That could make for a cozy night in as the weather continues to change!

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Mission Badge
Cookbook Success
Adult Cookbook Book Club

In this mission you will required to try your hand at following the recipes in a cook book..or multiple. We don't always succeed when trying to use cookbooks. Sometimes they don't show enough pictures, or they are just to complicated. In this mission it is our goal to find a cook book that checks all the marks, and allows you to successfully complete the challenges defined in this mission!

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Mission Badge
Cooking Show Inspiration
Adult Cookbook Book Club

Who doesn't love a good cooking show. I think I have watched just about all of them at this point. Well now is your chance to use them as inspiration...

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Mission Badge
Cooking Together
Adult Cookbook Book Club

While it may be more efficient to cook alone...its often more fun to cook together. Whether it be a mom or dad, a child, a grandchild or a friend take the time to cook together, that is your mission! Virtually or in person depending on your bubble of course!

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Mission Badge
DIY Recipe
Adult Cookbook Book Club

In this mission you will try some DIY. Not all recipes work with what you have at home...or what you are allowed to eat. But that does not mean things cannot be altered. There are many ways to swap and adjust ingredients. In our household we swap out the Cows dairy and add in Goat dairy. There are many other swaps we make, but this is one of the biggest! Lets see what you can do to DIY some recipes!

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Mission Badge
Graphic Novel reader
For the Love of Stories, Fall Reading Challenge

Do you love comics, Archie, Bone, Asterix?  Have you explored classic novels adapted for the graphic novel format?  Have you tried creating your own?  The activities in this mission will give you tips on writing and drawing, introduce you to amazing graphic novel creators and will let your creativity shine.  Complete 3 activities to earn your badge!

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Homelessness and Poverty
Voice


How to Enter Secret Event Codes
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)


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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Indigenous Peoples Rights
Voice


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50 Pts.
Let's Watch - Red Maple book talks
Forest of Reading

Children's staff at Waterloo Public Library created these book talks for the 10 Red Maple nominated titles. Watch just a few, or watch them all.  Which title captured your interest?  

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50 Pts.
Let's Watch - Silver Birch Book talks
Forest of Reading

Children's staff at Waterloo Public Library created these book talks for the 10 Silver Birch nominated titles.  Watch just a few, or watch them all.  Which title captured your interest?  

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
LGBTQ+ Rights
Voice

 

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Mental Health
Voice


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Mission Badge
New Ingredient
Adult Cookbook Book Club

In this mission we are going to try our hand at unfamiliar ingredients. Now these ingredients will differ for each of us, depending on our background. For some a new ingredient might be as simple as a new cut of meat, for others it could be a new fish, or simply a spice you have never tried before. This year I tried my hand at curry...I had never used curry powder before...well now I have and we are huge homemade curry lovers!

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Pinterest Fail
Adult Cookbook Book Club

In this mission we will try our hand at Pinterest Fails. I know this seems crazy...but let me tell you how many times I have tried to replicate a Pinterest Recipe..and let me tell you it has not turned out how it was supposed to. This is more of an optional section, as we won't all have fails. But if you are an avid Pinterest user.. and it doesn't turn out as planned, let us know!

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Pinterest Success
Adult Cookbook Book Club

In this mission we will share our success on using Pinterest. Now we don't always have success, but when we do it is certainly something to celebrate! So find those recipes you have always put off trying...and see if we can make something magical!

Play
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

In this mission we will explore the practice of PLAY! We all love to play, but did you know books can teach us even more fun activities to do? Lets see all the fun things we can do!

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Racial Justice
Voice

 

Read
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

In this mission we will explore our practice of READ. Together we will explore our love of books and all the different ways to share a story together!

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Mission Badge
Read Around the World
All Programs

Book are written and take place all around this world. What will you discover in this mission?

Risky Play
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

In this mission we discover the importance of taking risks. This can be incorporated into all of our practices, but is relays on trust. Taking a risk can be fun, and still safe!

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Secure The Bag
All Programs

Get to know your character, this is your chance to tell us all about them.

Sing
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

In this mission you will explore the practice of SING. There are so many ways to incorporate singing throughout your day. For more fun you can also borrow our "SING" books from our EPL collection at the library!

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Mission Badge
Sketch It Out
All Programs

In this mission, art and creativity are your focus. Complete 4/5 tasks and you will receive a badge as well as points towards completing the program.

Talk
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

In this mission we will explore the practice of TALK. We talk all day long...do you know how much you learn throughout the day just from talking?

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Mission Badge
The Main Character
All Programs

Characters can make or break a book. How well do you know the characters in your book? This challenge will help you figure that out. 

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Mission Badge
Themed Cooking
Adult Cookbook Book Club

Themed cooking is how we have made weekend dinners a bit more fun. With Covid, in the beginning there were so many restrictions. When we could finally "see" friends, we decided to do a small Mexican Fiesta in our own backyard. We each contributed something. Our meal consisted of:Tortillas with Pico de gallo and GuacamoleQuesadillasTaco SaladChiliFully Loaded NachosChurro'sand of course CoronaWhat types of theme can you do?

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Water Crisis Issues
Voice


Write
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

In this mission, all your activities will be based on our practice of WRITE. Explore our EPL collection at the Library to learn more, but enjoy trying these fun activities at home together. 

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Mission Badge
Are you a member of WPL?
The Great Graphic Novel Contest

Are you a WPL member?

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Mission Badge
Evergreen® Read the Books
Forest of Reading® Evergreen Adult Program

Have you read the Evergreen® nominees? Here is the list of the titles for 2021. Check off each book that you read on the list. Read at least five titles to earn your Evergreen® badge!

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100 Pts.
Kahoot Challenge
For the Love of Stories, Fall Reading Challenge

This is it...the final missionComplete the one activity, and you will be entered into a draw for a fun prize.  Good Luck!

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100 Pts.
Kahoot Challenge
Page Turners, Fall Reading Challenge

This is it...the final missionComplete the one activity, and you will be entered into a draw for a fun prize.  Good Luck!

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's Read - Blue Spruce titles
Forest of Reading

Read 5 or more of the Blue Spruce titles to earn your badge and be able to vote for your favourite.  Also check out the Blue Spruce activities mission to extend the fun and learning!

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Mission Badge
Mystery Reader
Page Turners, Fall Reading Challenge

Get out your magnifying glass...there is a mystery afoot!

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Neighbourhood scavenger hunt
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

How many of these items can you find in your neighbourhood?

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Mission Badge
One Book, One Community
Get Outside the Box

One Book One Community is celebrating it’s 19th year! That means there’s 19 years of great books to read. From the 2020 title to all of the hits from the last 19 years, this mission is all about OBOC. One Book, One Community supports reading, celebrates books and writing, promotes Canadian writers, and builds a sense of community through the shared experience of reading. OBOC encourages people in Waterloo Region to read the same book, discuss it, attend an event, and meet the author. The book and author are announced annually in April and the author visits for a reading tour in late September.

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15 Pts.
Read - Missions
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Complete 5 or more fun reading challenges together!New missions will be released each Monday.

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Are you an engineer?
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

Put your engineering and creative skills to the test with these challenges.

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Mission Badge
Digital Graphic Novels
The Great Graphic Novel Contest

Did you know you can read digital versions of graphic novels?Check out the digital graphic novels available through the Library or the Toon books (beginner graphic novels available in several languages) available online.  Read at least one comic using the links in these activities for a bonus badge!

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Evergreen® Activities
Forest of Reading® Evergreen Adult Program

Have you read the Evergreen® nominees? Check out the activities for each of the books in this category. Complete the activities and earn a badge.

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Mission Badge
Fact is Stranger than Fiction
Get Outside the Box

Great things often happen by chance - inventions, discoveries, relationships... Sometimes the outcome is wilder than you ever could have predicted.  For this mission, let's roll the dice and see what happens!

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Mission Badge
Fantasy Reader
Page Turners, Fall Reading Challenge

Magic, dragons, unicorns and wizards, the world of fantasy has all things imaginary and wonderful.  Here you will find book recommendations, book trailers, author talks, writing prompts and lots of fun.  Complete at least 5 activities to fulfill this mission.AND...on Wednesday Oct 21, Erin Bow, award winning author of Plain Kate, Stand on the Sky and many more amazing fantasy books will be 'visiting' WPL.  Register through our events calendar to participate.

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's explore - Blue Spruce® Titles
Forest of Reading

Let's explore that amazing Blue Spruce titles.  Here you will find exciting activities to extend the fun and learning with this books.  Complete 5 or more activities to earn your badge.

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Mission Badge
Mystery Reader
For the Love of Stories, Fall Reading Challenge

Get out your magnifying glass...there's a mystery afoot!

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Women's Rights
Voice


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15 Pts.
Write - Missions
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Complete 5 or more writing challenges together!New missions will be released each Monday.

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Mission Badge
Graphic Novel Reader
Page Turners, Fall Reading Challenge

Do you love comics, Archie, Bone, Asterix?  Have you explored classic novels adapted for the graphic novel format?  Have you tried creating your own?  The activities in this mission will give you tips on writing and drawing, introduce you to amazing graphic novel creators and will let your creativity shine.  Complete 3 activities to earn your badge!

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Kitchen Science
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

The kitchen is a great place for yummy science!

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Mission Badge
Non- Fiction Reader
For the Love of Stories, Fall Reading Challenge

Non-Fiction: Writing that is about real events and facts, rather than stories that have been invented.In this mission you will learn about information books, what they are and how to write one.  We will share some amazing titles for you to explore and share some cool videos with you.  

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Mission Badge
Non-Fiction Reader
Page Turners, Fall Reading Challenge

Non fiction books, or information books come in many forms - instructions, facts, diaries, illustration and more.  Discover some new non fiction titles, try your hand at writing an autobiography, a set of instructions or a persuasive letter.On Nov 5, you can meet author Anuradha Rao, author of One Earth.Three activities will complete this Mission.

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15 Pts.
Sing - Missions
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Have fun singing 5 or more activities to complete the mission!New missions will be released each Monday.

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Mission Badge
Videos worth watching!
The Great Graphic Novel Contest

Get some great drawing tips, writing tips and inspiration tips from these amazing graphic novel authors and illustrators.

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Mission Badge
Way Back Play Back
Get Outside the Box

Dinosaurs, Shakespeare, Family Matters or your high school dance? What does Way Back Play Back mean to you?

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Chill Out!
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

Brrrrrr... read, eat, play and learn - all things cold!

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Mission Badge
Fantasy Reader
For the Love of Stories, Fall Reading Challenge

Magic, dragons, unicorns and wizards, the world of fantasy has all things imaginary and wonderful.  Here you will find book recommendations, book trailers, author talks, writing prompts and lots of fun.  Complete at least 5 activities to fulfill this mission.

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Le prix Mélèze: Lisex les livres
Forest of Reading

Il y a 10 livres nominés pour le prix Mélèze pour 2021. Cochez chaque livre que vous avez lu sur la liste. Lisez 5 livres pour gagner votre badge delecture du prix Mélèze! Vous gagnerez 10 points pour chaque livre que vous lisez. Quand vous aurez lu 5 livres, vous pourrez voter pour votre livre favori et gagner encore plus de points pour le tirage du Grand Prix!  

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Mission Badge
Shipwrecked
Get Outside the Box

Maybe you have been isolated in lock down or feeling a little adrift. Perhaps you're wishing for some me-time on a sandy white beach or long for the adventure of chasing pirates on stormy seas. Whatever it means to you, you're shipwrecked now!

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15 Pts.
Talk - Missions
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Complete 5 or more activities to complete the mission. New missions will be released each Monday.

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Mission Badge
You are a comic strip creator
The Great Graphic Novel Contest

You too can create a comic strip.  Included in this mission are links to drawing and comic strip creating that you can try.

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Graphic Novel Expert
The Great Graphic Novel Contest

Test your knowledge of Graphic Novels / Comics with this series of trivia based activities.  Correctly answer 12 of these questions to earn 100 points (that's the same as 2 book reviews!)

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Mission Badge
I can get into this... Realistic Fiction
Page Turners, Fall Reading Challenge

Realistic fiction is writing that, although invented, depicts a completely realistic scenario. Realistic fiction contains believable characters, settings, conflicts, and resolutions. Here you will find book recommendations, book trailers, author talks, writing prompts and lots of fun.  Complete at least 5 activities to fulfill this mission.AND... Wesley King, author of OCDaniel, Sara and the search for normal, A world below and many more will be making a virtual visit to WPL on October 8 - register now to participate!

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Mission Badge
Le prix Mélèze: Activités
Forest of Reading

Complétez trois activités pour gagner votre badge d’activités du prix Mélèze.

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Mission Badge
Not Quite Human
Get Outside the Box

Some of the best reading takes you so far out of your everyday experience that you forget everything else.  A trip to a previously unknown planet, experiencing life through the eyes of another being, learning about a new way of thinking. How will you look at the world? 

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15 Pts.
Play -Missions
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Complete 5 or more activities to complete the mission.New missions will be released each Monday.

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Science Lab
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

Check out these fun home experiments.  Science really is fun!

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
This could really happen - Realistic Fiction
For the Love of Stories, Fall Reading Challenge

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Mission Badge
Centered Stage
Get Outside the Box

A meditation reference, a theatrical performance, or a 2000 dance movie? What does Centered Stage mean to you?

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15 Pts.
Numeracy - Missions
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Completing your numeracy missions is as easy as 1, 2, 3!New missions will be released each Monday.

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Wet and Wild
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

You may get wet along the way, but it will certainly be fun and cool!

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Backyard Survivor
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

Do you have the skills and knowledge to survive the wilds of your backyard?

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Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's Read: Silver Birch Express® titles
Forest of Reading

Read 5 or more of the Silver Birch Express titles to earn your badge and be able to vote for your favourite.  The voting mission will open on April 5.Also check out the Silver Birch Express activities mission to extend the fun and learning!

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Mission Badge
Mr. Robot-O
Get Outside the Box

Ok, Humans! Let's play in the virtual world. Robots, high tech, digital learning and science fiction. Boot up your digital adventure here. 

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10 Pts.
Risky Play - Missions
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Risky play in early childhood can help develop a child's self-confidence, resilience, executive functioning abilities and even risk-management skills. Risky play is not about exposing children to serious harm but allowing children to experience risk and how to problem solve when they encounter challenges.Have fun exploring this week's mission, with adult supervision, of course.New missions will be released each Monday.

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15 Pts.
Get Outside
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Get outside for these fun missions!New missions will be released on Monday.

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's Explore - Silver Birch Express® titles
Forest of Reading

Have you read the Silver Birch Express® nominees? Make sure to check out the missions for this category. Complete at least five of the activities, and earn your Silver Birch Express® badge!

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Mission Badge
Meet Canadian Authors and Illustrators
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

Check out these exciting videos, made available through the TD SRC.  Meet Canadian Authors and Illustrators as they share information about their new books, about themselves and fun drawing tips and tricks.  For this mission you will earn points for every video you watch.

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Virtual GeoHunt
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

Your challenge this week is to use Google Maps and Streetview to solve this mission.

Earns You
Mission Badge
15 Pts.
Indoor Scavenger Hunt
15 Minutes Every Day (June 29 - August 29)

Search for items in your home to complete this fun Scavenger Hunt!

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's read - Silver Birch® Titles
Forest of Reading

Read a minimum of 5 Silver Birch® titles to earn the Silver Birch® badge and to unlock the voting Mission.This is a wonderful collections of stories: there are travels to Japan, Tasmania and mythical lands, there travels back in time and memories to be enjoyed and held onto, there are friends to be made and personal growth to discover... a rich and varied collection of Canadian fiction for grades 4+.

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Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Reading Challenge
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

Its time to stretch your reading preferences.

Earns You
Mission Badge
50 Pts.
Art Attack
Kids 2020 Summer Reading Club (June 29 - Aug 29)

Try out these exciting art challenges.  Some are easy, others require some research, but all of them are fun! 

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's explore - Silver Birch® Titles
Forest of Reading

Let's dig deeper into the Silver Birch® titles and challenge ourselves with these activities.  There are art projects, quizzes, videos and thoughtful reflections, each reflective of the book's nature.  Complete 5 activities to earn the Silver Birch® activities badge. 

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Mission Badge
Embarrassed to Be Seen With
Get Outside the Box

From politics to guilty pleasures, where do you draw the line between proudly flaunting your current book and red-faced stealth reading? Embarrassed to be seen with is a LIGHTNING Challenge. Unlike permanent challenges, Lightening Challenges are only available for play for a short time. Complete this mission before October 5 when it disappears! 

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Le prix Peuplier: Lisez les livres
Forest of Reading

Il ya 10 livres nominés pour le prix Peuplier pour 2021.Cochez chaque livre que vous avez lu sur la liste. Lisez les 10 livres pourgagner votre badge de lecture du prix Peuplier! Vous gagnerez 10 points pour chaque livre que vous lisez. Quand vous aurez lu les 10 livres, vous pourrez voter pour votre livre favori et gagner encore plus de points pour le tirage du Grand Prix!  

Earns You
Mission Badge
Move in Mysterious Ways
Get Outside the Box

Let's take a walk on the mysterious side...Move in Mysterious Ways is a LIGHTNING Challenge. Unlike permanent challenges, Lightening Challenges are only available for play for a short time. Complete this mission before October 19 when it disappears! 

Earns You
Mission Badge
Le prix Peuplier: Activités
Forest of Reading

Complétez trois activités pour gagner votre badge d’activités du prix Peuplier.

Earns You
Mission Badge
Who are you? (Who, who, who who)
Get Outside the Box

Is it where you come from?What you do? DNA? What people say?Things you've done?who you'll become?Who are you? What makes you you?...Who Are You (who, who, who who) is a LIGHTNING Challenge. Unlike permanent challenges, Lightning Challenges are only available for play for a short time. Complete this mission before October 17 when it disappears! 

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's Read -Yellow Cedar titles
Forest of Reading

Read 5 or more of the Yellow Cedar titles to earn your badge and be able to vote for your favourite.  Also check out the Yellow Cedar activities mission to extend the fun and learning!

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's Explore - Yellow Cedar titles
Forest of Reading

Explore 5 or more of these fun book related activities to collect your badge!

Earns You
Mission Badge
Le prix Tamarac: Lisex les livres
Forest of Reading

Il y a 10 livres nominés pour le prix Tamarac pour 2021. Cochez chaque livre que vous avez lu sur la liste. Lisez 5 livres pour gagner votre badge delecture du prix Tamarac! Vous gagnerez 10 points pour chaque livre que vous lisez. Quand vous aurez lu 5 livres, vous pourrez voter pour votre livre favori et gagner encore plus de points pour le tirage du Grand Prix!  

Earns You
Mission Badge
Le prix Tamarac: Activités
Forest of Reading

Complétez trois activitéspour gagner votre badge d’activités du prix Tamarac.

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's read - Red Maple® Titles
Forest of Reading

Read 5 or more of the Red Maple titles to earn your badge and be able to vote for your favourite.  Also check out the Red Maple activities mission to extend the fun and learning!

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's explore - Red Maple® Titles
Forest of Reading

Let's dig deeper into the Red Maple® titles and challenge ourselves with these activities.  There are art projects, quizzes, videos and thoughtful reflections, each reflective of the books nature.  Complete 5 activities to earn the Red Maple® activities badge. 

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's Read - White Pine® Titles
Forest of Reading

Read 5 or more of the White Pine titles to earn your badge and be able to vote for your favourite.  Also check out the White Pine activities mission to extend the fun and learning!

Earns You
Mission Badge
100 Pts.
Let's Explore -White Pine Titles
Forest of Reading

Have you read the White Pine Award™ nominees? Make sure to check out the missions for this category.Complete at least three of the activities, and earn your White Pine Award™ badge!



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