"at your library" in the north island eagle: summer reading fun for all ages

Summer Reading Club is back, and it’s not just for kids. Children, teens, and adults can all find fun reading challenges – and prizes – at your library. Even infants and toddlers can get in on the fun.

SRC is all about motivating kids and their families to read during the summer months. The reason is simple: kids who read in the summer do better in school in September! Reading keeps kids’ brains exercised, keeps them in learning mode. This is true no matter what they read – silly stories, comic books, mysteries, or world record books. It all “counts”. What’s the best thing for kids to read? Whatever they enjoy most!

Babies and toddlers can participate too! It’s never too early to begin “reading readiness” for your children, grandchildren, or any children you spend time with. Reading readiness prepares kids for school success. All you have to do is read with your children! Let them see the pictures and help turn the pages. Ask them questions about what they see on the page. Sing and be silly and fun. It’s great for bonding, and it helps their young brains develop.

Joining SRC is simple. Just come to the library, pick up a package, and start reading! Kids track the days that they read, and earn prizes for reading daily. This year’s theme is Crack the Case, and there are some fun mystery activities planned.

Registration is not required – but if kids want to register, they can do so at bcsrc.ca.

Teens ages 12-18 can join the Teen Summer Quest. Teens can stop by their library and pick up a map of Middle Earth, or download it at virl.bc.ca/tsc.

From there, they’ll complete fun challenges to earn points. The more challenging the task, the more points earned. This year’s prizes are super: 3rd Prize is a $100 gift card to any bookstore, 2nd prize is a 7th Gen iPod Touch, and the grand prize a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Studio3 Headphones. 

Teens can track their challenges on paper or online. Questions? Email teensc@virl.bc.ca or visit the library branch.

Adults can also Crack the Case with VIRL’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge BINGO. You can print a BINGO sheet, or play online, on the fun mobile app Beanstack. For more info, go to virl.bc.ca/adult-summer-reading-challenge. If you’re reading anyway, why not sign up for a chance to win a bookstore gift card?

So whether your child is 8 months, 8 years, or 18 years, whether you’re in your 20s, 50s, or 90s, or anywhere in between, your challenge is simple. Read. Enjoy. Enter. And maybe win.

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