Take the 2017 BC SRC Quiz and win!

This past spring, Randi Robin, BC SRC’s esteemed quiztress, put together yet another fabulous quiz for the BCLA Conference.

Didn’t make it to Conference? Well, we sure missed you, and now’s your chance to take the quiz and win some prizes! Enter as an individual, enter as a team!

We have a small quantity of gorgeous Darlene Gate art cards to be awarded as prizes. Each card is a quality reproduction of Darlene Gait’s original paintings and comes individually packaged with its own envelope. Gorgeous!

To enter, simply include the number of the question and the letter of the answer you think is correct, ie. 9:z (there is no question 9 or answer z — this is just an example!) DO NOT post your answers to the blog! 😉 Please send your entry directly to bcsrc@bclibrary.ca with the subject line “SRC Quiz + Your Library Name”. 

Good luck!

BC SRC Conference Quiz 2017

Unlimited downloads of Joseph Bruchac’s Bearwalker for BC SRC readers!

Thanks to our friends at BC Libraries Co-op, OverDrive, and HarperCollins, BC Summer Reading kids can check out the e-book version of Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac. (Any kids with access to the BC Libraries Library2Go will also have access to this title. )

Bearwalker is on our Week One Booklist , for ages 9-12. Activated on July 27, the e-book already has over 155 checkouts! Pretty cool!

Many thanks, too, to Chetwynd Public Library’s Ana Peasgood for suggesting we explore ways to increase both digital literacy and access to books, from the SRC weekly booklists.

Bearwalker is available for unlimited downloads till September 12!

Your Quick & Handy Reference guide to BC SRC essentials!

Hi Everyone,

The BC SRC is in full swing! Here’s a quick and handy reference guide to your SRC essentials: 

Too many/too few Reading Records? The BC SRC Exchange Blog to the rescue!

The SRC Exchange Blog lives at http://kidssrc.bclibrary.ca/index.php/blog/ Notify other libraries that you are running low on something (Materials Wanted!) and/or that you have extra materials to share (Materials Available!). As you know, this allows us to be a whole lot more flexible in matching materials to shifting demographics!

The SRC contact at your library should have login info.) If you can’t find it or never received it, just let me know and I’ll resend it. Also, libraries are welcome to have more than one contributor. If you or someone in your library would like to be added as a contributor, just send me an email!

How to Post to the Blog

Here’s instructions how: http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/blog/how-to-post-to-the-exchange/

Kids’ Summer Stories to Read!

Everyday, over at our amazing interactive kids’ site, children from throughout the province are writing and submitting their stories. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to visit http://bcsrc.ca/ and check out the stories — delightful!

Your Summer Stories to Tell!!

It’s not too early to be thinking about entering the BC SRC Community Story Award! Tell us a story about the way the BC SRC impacts you or your community and you might win attendance at the 2018 BCLA Conference! 

For more info, visit: http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/community-story-award/ Send your story to bcsrc@bclibrary.ca with the subject line: SRC Community Story Award.

Show us SRC at your library!

Have any great SRC-pics to share? We’d love to see them! You can post them on the SRC Blog (http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/blog/) or tweet them to @BC_SRC (hashtag #bcsrc)  

Download Goodness

Be sure to checkout the goodness waiting for you at the Downloads page of the staff website: http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/download-page/ All kinds of wonderful and useful things live there including Colouring Sheets, DIY iron-on transfer for t-shirts, a Certificate of Completion, a Reading Record Supplement for those voracious readers… And much, much more!

Happy summer reading!

Powell River Public Library looking for some tween programming ideas!

My name is Megan Cole, and I’m the teen services co-ordinator at the Powell River Public Library. We recently moved into a new library space, which is three times bigger than our previous one. Needless to say we’ve seen a lot of excitement from our community, particularly teens and the tweens Grades 4 – 6. I’m looking for programming ideas for our tweens Grades 4 -6. Like many libraries, especially in the summer, we see a lot of kids whose parents send their kids to the library to spend the day, which always means they try to camp out at the computers. We’re hoping to develop some on going programming to serve them. I’m wondering what other libraries are doing around this.

 

 

Megan Cole

Powell River Public Library

Teen Services Coordinator

604-485-4796

ORL’s System-Wide Summer Reading Club Training For Staff

 

ORL’s Linda Youmans, the Youth Collections/System Librarian, kindly agreed to tell us more about the SRC training workshop Okanagan Regional Library system has put together for staff.  She notes that their “Youth Services Team has been wonderful in helping to put the workshop together showcasing all their talents to the staff.” What a terrific sharing of knowledge and best practices!

 

The Okanagan Regional Library kicked off this year’s Summer Reading Club by offering internal SRC workshops based on the 2017 theme.

The workshop was entitled “SRC Smackdown: Summer Reading Club Success” and featured presentations/discussion on the following:

  • The Purpose of Summer Reading Club
  • Summer Reading Club Basics – supplies, age levels, guidelines, additional clubs (teen and read-to-me),
  • Evanced Calendar and Online Registration – benefits of using these new methods
  • Planning Programs – Useful forms, parental guidelines and websites
  • Outreach – panel discussion on how the three of our larger branches libraries do outreach to schools
  • Contests such as Recycled Birdhouse, Nature Before and After, and Scavenger hunts!
  • 2017 SRC Themed Programs and Contests such as
    • “Yard Wars: Seed Bombs – a nonfiction program on weird and wacky plants, where children, based on the facts that they heard, design their own unusual plant
    • Wild Animal Fun, a story /craft program featuring tabletop storytelling with puppets
    • Book Smack and Marshmallow Toss – thirty -second book talks by participants where, if the timer goes off before finishing, they are pummelled by marshmallows
  • SRC Brainstorming Session where attendees worked in groups, brainstormed on one of the themes, and walked away with a usable program. There were no paper handouts at the workshop since all information goes on our staff Shared Drive.
  • Evaluating the SRC – discussion regarding the importance of evaluation and the methods the ORL uses including  Project Outcome.

“SRC Smackdown: Summer Reading Club Success” was held in three locations in our system.   Fifty-five on-call, full-time and part-time staff from our 29-library branch system attended. 79% rated the workshop as excellent, while 69% said that they were now very confident, after the training received, to do an SRC program in their branch. Last year we did a workshop on Story Time Success for 53 attendees, which was popular as well!

We are looking forward to our 2018 internal Youth Services training workshops with the projected theme of “Teens and Steam.”

Storytelling with Paddle Puppets (The Elephant’s Child)

Transporting smarties from one paper filter to another with only a straw – Minute to Win-it Activity

Blowing Feathers Across the Room (activity for kids while doing the Book Smack and Marshmallow Toss program)

More Great Books about Nature!

The nice people at Heritage Group Distribution,  Orca Book Publishers,  McKellar & MartinMidtown PressRaincoast Books and Ronsdale Press have sent along some additional titles related to our 2017 theme of “nature”! If you have created any book lists related to this summer’s theme, feel free to send them along and we’ll link to them here!

Nature themed HGD kids books for BC Summer Reading S17
Nature themed books for the BC Summer Reading Club from Orca
Midtown_Nature-themed books_BC SRC 2017
Raincoast Nature-themed books for 2017
Summer Book Club list 2017-2

Walking on the Wild Side at the 2017 BCLA Conference!

What a great time we had at the BCLA Conference! As always, it was a treat to see old friends and put faces to email addresses. Although this year’s chair, TNRD’s Emily Olsen, was unfortunately unable to attend Conference, Incoming Chair, VPL’s Jennifer Lee and Outgoing Chair, RPL’s Kate Adams were on hand to welcome conference delegates to the 2017 BC SRC: Walk on the Wild Side!

VPL’s Jennifer Lee and RPL’s Kate Adams

On display was this year’s gorgeous artwork by  Darlene Gait! Jenn Lee’s stunning cut-outs of BC foliage added a wonderful wild-ness to the SRC booth!

We were thrilled when Darlene generously donated the original painting of the poster for the Conference. In recent years, our SRC artists have worked digitally so it was pretty exciting to see the artwork IRL!

VPL’s Jenn Lee beside original painting for 2017 BC SRC poster by Darlene Gait. Done in ink, coloured Pantone pencil, and gauche; measures 12 x 24″.

Everyone was invited to try the SRC Quiz Conference Edition, created once again by our brilliant Quiztress, Randi Robin. Prizes included a bottle of BC wine and an adorable thematically-correct Folkmanis Raccoon puppet. Stay tuned later this summer, when the SRC Quiz Conference Edition will appear here on this blog, for you to try!

An oversized reading record and some crayons provided an opportunity to explore drawing skills with the Draw Yourself in Nature Activity cards. (Most of us decided we’d best stick with our day jobs! 😉 )

A ballot box invited people to vote for their favourite theme for 2019. They were asked to choose from a shortlist (the top contenders from last year’s poll). 

The possible 2019 themes include:

  1. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  2. Mysteries
  3. Imagination/Art

If you haven’t yet voted, please do so here! (So far, it’s a very close race!) Voting is open till Monday, June 19th.

If you didn’t make it to Conference this year, we missed you, and hope you’ll send us news and updates about the SRC goings on at your library.

Be sure to tell us your stories, too! We are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Community Story Award! Please see here for more details!

Looking forward to A Walk on the Wild Side with you this summer!

Welcome to our Incoming Chair!

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Lee as Incoming Chair for the BC SRC Core Committee. Jennifer is currently a Children’s Librarian with the Vancouver Public Library where she has been involved in Summer Reading Club planning for over three years. Like many others librarians she loves books and cats (and the occasional book about cats). When she’s not busy with either, you can find her in the kitchen.

Welcome, Jennifer!