By Jacqueline Wagner
Director of the Radium Public Library
This year we are offering a more interactive BC Summer Reading Club (SRC) Program at the Radium Public Library. We are currently offering a 1.5 hour program twice per week, from July 4th to August 16th on Thursdays and Fridays. Our program includes stories, special guests, fun activities and a new theme every week! This program is appropriate for ages 5-8, although everyone is welcome. Please note that parents are required to register their children for Summer Reading Club. It runs on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and Fridays from 1-2:30 p.m. Our SRC wind-up party will be held on August 17th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
On both July 25th and August 8th our SRC participants will have the opportunity to become certified Junior Rangers through our friends at WildSafe BC. Participants will be introduced to the concept of human-wildlife conflict and encourage them to take an active role in reducing human-wildlife conflict at home by helping their families identify backyard wildlife attractants.
Our next special guest will be local children’s author and retired principal Pamela Maxwell. At 1 p.m. on July 26th she will be debuting her new children’s book I Want to Be a Writer. The story follows a character named Pencil, who is trying to achieve his dream of becoming a writer. The artwork in this story was illustrated by the author’s daughter – Amy Maxwell. The story will be followed by a craft and SRC activities.
On August 15th at 11 a.m. we will be hosting another guest performer – Picos’ Puppet Palace. This performer creates their shows from re-purposed and recycled materials, and it is designed for contemporary young audiences. Please note that children do not need to be a member of the Summer Reading Club to attend these special events.
We will also be hosting our annual Teddy Bear Picnic on August 10th at 10 a.m. Bring the kids out for a fun afternoon of games, music, snacks and a Teddy Bear Picnic! We would like to express our gratitude to the CBT for their generous sponsorship of this family favourite event!
We are also excited to announce that there will be a two-week general interest course on early Canadian Explorer and Fur Trade history offered at the Radium Library on the 10th and 17th of August from 2-3:30 p.m. The course will be taught by Dr. Rod Martin, a retired Canadian History professor from Calgary. Admission is free and there are no examinations or quizzes.
This week’s column was written by Jacqueline Wagner, director of the Radium Public Library. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.