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Summer Reading Club will inspire children and families to read

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Children and families can make reading a fun part of summer by joining the BC Summer Reading Club (BC SRC), a free literacy program available at public libraries and online across British Columbia.

“Reading together brings stories to life and strengthens bonds between families, communities and local libraries,” said Niki Sharma, MPP for Vancouver-Hastings. “Encouraging children to read during the summer while having fun builds the confidence and motivation needed to keep learning. This program develops literacy skills that will enrich children’s lives and help them succeed.

Libraries welcome the participation of children of all reading abilities and offer virtual and in-person Summer Reading Club activities, with each library developing its own programs based on community needs. Families can register readers ages 5-14 and learn about activities on the program’s website or by visiting their local library.

The BC Summer Reading Club encourages children to read daily and track their progress. From listening to a story to reading a graphic novel, all forms of reading matter – and in any language. Entrants can enter contests to win prizes and earn digital badges. Many libraries also award a medal to those who reach their reading milestones.

“For more than 30 years, the BC Summer Reading Club has worked with local public libraries to provide an engaging, interactive and inclusive literacy program for children and their families across the province,” said Rina Hadziev, Executive Director of the British Columbia Library Association. “This program has become a tradition and summertime highlight for many families, and we’re always thrilled to hear the wonderful ways it meaningfully impacts them.”

Through their local libraries, families can participate in weekly activities and events based on this year’s theme: All Together Now features artwork by Vancouver-based illustrator and video game artist Elaine Chen.

In May 2022, the province invested $8 million in COVID-19 relief and recovery funding for libraries, including $100,000 to the BC Library Association to support increased accessibility and inclusion for BC Summer Reading Club in the years to come.

Coordinated by the British Columbia Library Association and public libraries, the BC Summer Reading Club is supported by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and CUPE BC.

Quotation:

Christina de Castell, Chief Librarian and CEO, Vancouver Public Library –

“The Summer Reading Club is an annual highlight for the Vancouver Public Library, especially for bonding with our young patrons. Our staff looks forward to seeing children and their families return each summer to be part of our SRC programs and events. It’s a fun way for young readers to develop literacy, a love of reading, and lasting relationships with their library.

Stephanie Usher, Provincial Coordinator, BC Summer Reading Club –

“This year, our theme, All Together Now, focuses on building community and connections, and features the beautiful artwork of Vancouver illustrator Elaine Chen. We’re excited to share weekly activities and contests online starting Monday, July 4, including a free Ask Me Anything virtual event featuring Elaine in her role as this year’s BC Summer Reading Club artist.

Fast facts:

  • The Department of Municipal Affairs provides $65,000 annually to support the BC Summer Reading Club.
  • In 2021, 63,758 children signed up for the BC Summer Reading Club in more than 200 communities with 209,610 recorded reading entries online.
  • There are 71 public libraries in British Columbia, 247 service points and six library federations, serving 99% of British Columbia’s population.

Learn more:

BC Summer Reading Club – participate, register and access online reading tracking here: https://bcsrc.ca/

Learn more about local libraries: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/publiclibraries