B.C. public libraries to host online reading club

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Public libraries throughout the province will host virtual and in-person BC Summer Reading Club (BC SRC) activities this summer.

Activities and programs will run in July and August in an effort to make reading a part of kids’ summer activities.

The program encourages kids to read every day and track their progress. Kids may read any kind of books in any format or language, including audio books, the BC SRC said.

“From book clubs to rocket launching, the BC Summer Reading Club is an active series of programs that encourage curiosity and develop a love of reading,” said Rebecca Burbank, chief librarian at the Powell River public library. “Anticipated by families and local schools, BC SRC programs and activities build the relationship between children and our library. BC SRC fosters an inclusive and collaborative environment that connects kids to books and builds their confidence with reading.”

As kids complete reading challenges and track their progress online, they will earn digital badges and will unlock clues to “Crack the Case” — this year’s reading club theme, which features artwork from Vancouver-based illustrator and cartoonist, Zoe Si. Children can also participate in weekly themed activities including contests, videos and quizzes, according to the BC SRC.

Registration for the program is open for young readers from the ages of 5–14. They can register by visiting their local library in person, on the BC SRC website or with the Online Reading Tracker.

The BC SRC has been in operation for almost 30 years, with over 85,000 children registering for the program each year and more than 100,000 participating in library activities all summer long, according to the province.

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