SSMPL Slogan - One stop...endless possibilities
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

Kids Programming

We offer a variety of literacy based programming for children of all ages throughout the year. Our goal is to inspire a love of reading in young children while having fun!

At this time we are not offering in person programing for children, but we are offering some online programs and contests. Check back regularly for updates.

TD Kids' Summer Reading Club

Please complete this form if you'd like to pick up a Kids' Summer Reading Club Kit from the Library, or to receive accessible format files by email. 

To participate online only, you may sign up directly at

On-line Chalk Challenge

Submit entries from August 3rd to August 9th.

Create a masterpiece using chalk outdoors! “En plein air” make art outside!

Take a photo and email with child’s first name to Chalk Challenge Bookmark: 

All entrants will have their photo laminated into a complimentary Book Mark!
You will be emailed when bookmark is ready for pickup at the Centennial Library. 
This is a free program.

Summer LEGO My Library 

This program will be 7 weeks beginning Monday, July19th. 
Registration will start on Monday July 5th.
Each week you will receive a Lego Challenge by email.  Participants will have 1 week to complete the challenge and email us a picture of their creation.
Each creation picture sent to us will receive a response back from the library staff.

New!  Lego prizes will be drawn each week from the emailed pictures sent by builders.

Send an email with the following information to

  • Child first and last name
  • Boy/Girl
  • Parent Name
  • Parent Address
  • Parent Contact Number
  • Email address where Lego challenge will be sent

The Blueberry Pie Puzzle Mystery - Ages 4 to 7 (Starts July 5th)

Starting on July 5th, kids ages 4 to 7 and their grown-ups can pick up at the library (or be emailed) “The Blueberry Pie Puzzle” - a mystery story - and the pieces to a puzzle! Read the story and piece together the puzzle to find clues and solve the mystery!

Click here to sign up

Codes, Clues, and a Mystery in the Library! - Ages 8+ (Starts July 5th)

Want to help solve a 125-year-old library mystery? Once a week, starting on July 5th, kids ages 8+ can pick up at the library (or be emailed) a series of clues from Miss V., our first librarian in 1896! You’ll use codes and ciphers to gather evidence. Receive a new clue and code cipher each week. 

Click here to sign up

Surprise Reads for Kids

Surprise Reads for Kids is a monthly subscription with books picked just for kids, based on what they like to read! Each month, we’ll select 3 books for your child, check them out to you, package them for pick-up, and contact you to let you know your Surprise Reads are ready!

Fill out our online survey (1 survey per child – choose from Picture Book, EZ Reader, or Middle Grade) by following the links below:

Kids ReadingSurprise Reads Picture Book Subscription

Surprise Reads Learning-to-Read Subscription

Surprise Reads EZ Reader Subscription (Approx. Gr. 2-4)

Surprise Reads Middle Grade Subscription

The best part, it’s free and we do the work!