Book Camp


Book Camp is a one hour program for kids aged 5-7, reading or ready-to-read. The program consists of:

A Picture Book,
4 or 5 Games based on the theme of the book,
A craft based on the theme of the book,
A short film.
Some extras, like word searches or puzzles to keep kids who are quick with their crafts occupied.

The Saskatoon Public Library has each branch create a book camp program. Each branch's Book Camp program, including all materials and instructions, is packed into a large bin. Each program then circulates through the system, with each branch running each program. Kids who participate in 4 of the 7 programs win a small book prize (i.e. a Beginning Reader book). There are often options for games depending on the size of the programming space, and the numbers of children who attend (as some branches regularly have many children, and other branches regularly have fewer children attending).

Source Library

Length of program session

60-120 minutes

Number of sessions





Children's Service Librarians and Branch staff.

Primary Audience

Primary (Gr. K-3 or aged 5-8)

Budget for this program

a maximum of $70.00 from each branch

Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.)

Crafting materials, DVD, book, Games supplies

Feedback from Participants

none yet this year.

Highlights - what worked well?

The program has been a long-standing program at Saskatoon Public Library. It works well.

What were the goals/objectives of your program?

To engage kids with books and literacy over the summer!

What would you change about this program?

It has been pretty streamlined at this point for our needs.