Maggie Gordon, the Petawawa Public Library’s new Student Program Coordinator for the Children’s Summer Program is excited to roll out the TD Summer Reading Get Wild! Camps, starting in July. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

"Get Wild" at library's TD Summer Reading Club

Community News

By: Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

With summer officially here, the Petawawa Public Library is enticing kids to get in touch with their untamed side during the new TD Summer Reading Get Wild! Camps.

There are new wilderness inspired themes every week, with specially designed activities to maximize educational fun. With games, crafts, story time, outdoor play, two Reptile Rainforest shows, visits from special guests and so much more, it is sure to be an incredible time for all in attendance. It costs $5 to attend the week, and parents can sign their kids up for as many weeks as they desire.

“It is ... anything to get kids involved with nature and the wilderness, and even just getting crazy and messy,” said Maggie Gordon, the library’s new Student Program Coordinator for the Children’s Summer Program.

“It is just fun to play,” she added. “Kids are so into their computers and video games and stuff so it is good to get them to interact with other kids.”

The camps are run principally by Gordon. She arrived at the library two weeks ago, and is hard at work putting the finishing touches on programming, which starts in July.

“I’m just so passionate about these kids,” she said. “I want to keep kids reading all summer.”

The camps are separated by age group; kindergartners to Grade 2 are in the morning while Grade 3 to Grade 6 kids partake in afternoon fun. Tweens also have their own opportunity to participate in two separate events.

“I would have loved to have something like this when I was that age,” said Gordon.

The 21-year-old is studying at Nipissing University, majoring in English and History and concurrently in Education. This has prepared her for her new role keeping kids entertained and safe.

“This is a fun way to interact with kids, learning from them and getting to know what they like,” she said.

Originally from Chalk River, Gordon isn’t a stranger to the area. She does, however, appreciate the broad variety of programs and activities showcased at the library and is pleased to be adding to that roster. She completes her sojourn at the Petawawa Library the third week of August.

To register or for more information, please call Maggie Gordon at 613-687-2227 ext 2203 or visit their Facebook page at