By Blair McFarlane
Community Outreach Intern
Summer Reading Club is almost here and boy oh boy am I ever excited! Summer Reading Club, or SRC, is probably my favourite program at the library. It has a special place in my heart because when I was 11 or 12, a friend and I volunteered as helpers for Summer Reading Club. I loved helping the younger kids with crafts and games, and I even got to read a few stories to the group, making me feel like a real librarian. And look at me now! I have now helped run SRC since 2015, and it is still just as much fun as it was when I was 12, if not more so. This year’s SRC will be brought to you by our wonderful UBC Co-op student, Rhiannon Wallace, and myself.
The theme this year is “Imagine the Possibilities,” and the possibilities are endless for the fun we are going to have! There will be two weekly, drop-in programs: Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m., July 3-August 21st, designed for kids going into grade 5-grade 7; and Thursdays from 1:30-3 p.m., July 4-August 22nd, designed for kids finished Kindergarten-grade 4. Younger children are welcome to attend if accompanied by an adult. Each week will have a new theme, such as “Superheroes and Make-Believe” and “Reach for the Stars” with activities, games, and stories. The Wednesday Summer Reading Club will feature a read-aloud from a different novel each week, and we will have extra copies for kids to sign out.
“Imagine the Possibilities” is such a great theme because imagination is key to becoming a strong reader. Summer Reading Logs are the perfect tool for imaginative, developing readers to track their reading. Each line equals 15 minutes of reading, with 7 lines per page, and you get a sticker for each page filled. Once you complete your log, you can win a Lego Mini-Figure (while supplies last)!
Summer Reading Logs will be available starting on June 28th at our Summer Reading Club Launch Party! The launch party begins at 2 p.m.—there will be cupcakes and slime you can take home! Come on by and bring your friends!
Beyond our weekly programming, there will be two special events happening this summer. The first is a presentation called Hydration Nation, developed by the nation-wide Let’s Talk Science initiative. It is aimed at children ages 10 & up, however, younger children are welcome to attend, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Hydration Nation will be taking place on Monday, July 22 at 10 a.m. at the Invermere Library. Then on Thursday, August 15th at 2:30 p.m., Pico’s Puppet Palace will be putting on an all-ages puppet show in the Columbia Valley Community Centre! I hope you are all as excited as I am for Summer Reading Club 2019!