Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club The 2020 Summer Reading Club (SRC) exciting new theme “Explore Our Universe” invites kids to become familiar with the universe of stories and ideas that reading has to offer.

Our new partner, HR MacMillan Space Centre had planned to bring inspiring interactive programs to communities in our area to promote the SRC and its theme this year. Because of social distancing requirements, the planetarium tour has been postponed.

Every year in July and August HDPL offers an array of Summer Reading Club activities throughout the Hazeltons for kids aged 3 to 13. Participants can register at any point throughout the summer at any SRC program they attend, including those outside the library. This year, in addition to registering with the Summer Reading Club facilitator in your community, on-line registration will be available. On registration, kids receive a kit to help them track their reading this summer. See our Events Calendar for the contact for Summer Reading Clubs in your communities, or call the library ( 250-842-5961 ).

As always, this program is free and designed for fun! Participants read what they choose, when they choose, and can attend as many events as they like or none at all. Children are encouraged to read, listen to stories and tell stories themselves. Storytelling builds strong language and vocabulary skills, so children should count storytelling as credit towards their reading goals. At club meetings, we play games, do crafts, read great books, and generally just have a good time. This year some free books may also be available for families, courtesy of LOGS. It is quite possible that actual face-to-face club meetings may not be allowed because of COVID-19 precautions. Therefore, take home kits with craft supplies, suggestions for activities and reading will be made available for families to pick up. Children are encouraged to set their own summer reading goals, whatever that may be, and if they meet their goals they will be awarded shiny new SRC medals at summer’s end.

Sadly, this summer the HDPL will not be conducting training sessions for people who would like to facilitate Summer Reading Clubs in their communities. However, we encourage former facilitators and others with experience in working with children to contact Hazelton District Public Library (250-842-5961) to discuss setting up clubs in their communities.

SRC is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association, the Libraries Branch of the Ministry of Education, CUPE and HR MacMillan Space Centre. HDPL also gratefully acknowledges the support of the Northwest Library Federation, the Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre, Learners Opportunity Group Society (LOGS) and Northern Health Imagine Grant, which make possible our additional SRC activities and community SRC clubs and events.