Program aims to keep children’s reading skills up over the summer
Monday June 21, 2021
Victoria, B.C. School may be out (or nearly out) but that does not mean children should take a break from reading. Greater Victoria Public Library offers the BC Summer Reading Club with prize incentives to encourage children to read 20 minutes every day. Starting June 29, children ages 12 and under (or their parent or caregiver) can visit any GVPL branch to collect a 2021 BC Summer Reading Club package with its ‘Crack the Case’ theme.
“The BC Summer Reading Club encourages children to read and maintain or improve their reading skills during the summer months. It helps kids develop or continue the habit of regular reading and explore the joy of reading for pleasure. It also reminds families of the fantastic resources available to them through their local library,” said Maureen Sawa, CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library.
“During the summer months, parents may feel their children need a little extra help maintaining reading skills as they transition into the next grade level. Reading keeps young minds active, and the BC Summer Reading Club can give students the incentive to stay engaged throughout their summer break,” said Sawa.
BC Summer Reading Club participants read every day for at least 20 minutes and record their progress in their reading record. After one full week of reading, participants choose a sticker and match it to their record. The goal is to complete seven weeks. Starting August 19, participants can visit any GVPL library branch and collect their final prize of a book and a medal.
There will also be related online programs offered by the library as well as “Take and Make” activity bags that will be distributed in person as part of the program.
The provincial program’s 2021 ‘Crack the Case’ theme features artwork from Vancouver-based cartoonist and illustrator Zoe Si.
A special program designed for tweens and teens, called Read and Write Reviews, is set to be launched by GVPL in early July. Formerly called All That and a Bag of Chips, the program encourages participants to engage with books and reading through an online contest.
The BC Summer Reading Club is offered at all 12 branches in the GVPL system and runs till September 7, 2021. Information is available at www.gvpl.ca/src.
The 2021 BC Summer Reading Club is supported by the British Columbia Library Association, the Province of British Columbia (through Libraries Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs), CUPE BC, BC Libraries Co-op, and IslandLink Library Federation.
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Jon Chabun, Communications Officer, Greater Victoria Public Library
Office: 250-940-4875 ext. 345 [email protected]
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