In my last column I highlighted incentives being offered by the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) for kids to read, and for teens to stay engaged in learning, through the Summer Reading Club and the Teen Summer Quest. I briefly mentioned the Adult Summer Reading Challenge, and some readers of this column wanted more information. Nothing makes a librarian happier!
The Adult Summer Reading Challenge (ASRC) is a fun and easy way to keep your summer reading on track, to branch out and read something new, and to explore more of what VIRL has to offer.
Like the classic Summer Reading Club for children, the ASRC is called Crack the Case. It’s set up like a BINGO game. You can download and print a BINGO sheet, ask library staff to print a sheet for you, or play online at virl.beanstack.org/reader365. You’ll need to set up a Beanstack account with an email address and a password.
After that, all you do is read to complete squares, lines, and even the whole card, to win draw slips.
If you’re participating on paper, visit your branch to fill out draw slips.
If you’re playing online, every time you complete a “badge”, you’ll be automatically entered into the draw through your Beanstack account.
No matter how you play, each BINGO square = one draw slip. Each BINGO line = a bonus draw slip. Each completed puzzle sheet = a bonus draw slip. And each completed whole BINGO card = an entry for a VIRL-wide prize of $100 at the bookstore of your choice.
If you read something that qualifies for more than one square, mark it down for every category it applies to.
The ASRC web page is full of resources and suggestions to help you complete your challenges. Some of the challenges are:
** Read an eBook. Read on a computer, your phone or tablet, or a dedicated eReader. Library staff can help get you started.
** Read a graphic novel. We have them for all ages, including graphic memoirs and nonfiction.
** Read a book by a Canadian author. This is easy to do, as there are so many great Canadian authors, spanning all genres and styles. See the ASRC website for lists and suggestions, including mysteries, award-winners, literary novels, books by Asian Canadians, books by Black Canadians, books by local BC authors, and more.
** Read a mystery. We’ve got lists of British and Irish mysteries, Canadian mysteries, “cozy” mysteries, literary mysteries – you name it! Ask our branch staff or search the catalogue on your own.
** Read a book that was recommended to you. This could be a recommendation from a friend, library staff, a display at your branch, or an online source like Goodreads or Book Riot. Anything linked on a ASRC list counts – and might earn more than one entry!
** Listen to an audiobook. Check one out on CD from your branch or download one from the Libby app or the Overdrive/Libby website.
** Read a magazine. Browse in your branch, find one at home, or try an eMagazine.
** Cook a new recipe from a cookbook from the library. Head to the 641 section and a bit beyond. Cookbooks are arranged by type of cooking. Our staff will be happy to show you where to find them.
** Read to a family member. This could be your dog, a plant, or your best friend. Family isn’t always related by blood!
There are more categories, too, like books made into movies, award-winners, young adult, humour, and a “summer” read. You can even earn prize entries by reading outside or staying up too late. That’s something we don’t offer on the children’s Summer Reading Club!