RBC donates $50,000 to the BC Summer Reading Club!

The BCLA Summer Reading Club (BC SRC) has been a uniquely provincial program for over 25 years. Jointly funded by the BC Ministry of Education, Libraries Branch, and RBC, the BC SRC offers children across the province the opportunity to maintain their literacy skills throughout the summer and take part in a variety of fun activities at their public library. RBC has been an important and valued partner in this program since 2001 and we gratefully acknowledge their generous support to the 2017 BC SRC.

Here we are at the RBC, Georgia & Burrard branch, with manager Sonya Reginato and her staff, to express our appreciation and to receive the cheque! Very exciting!

From left to right: Kate Adams (BC SRC Committee Past Chair), Michelle Rachmata (RBC staff) Stephanie Kripps (BCLA Board),Sonya Reginato (RBC Branch Manager), above: Cassie McFadden (BCLA Office Manager)  below: Cynthia Ford (BC SRC Provincial Co-ordinator), Henna Dua (RBC staff)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Thanks to RBC’s generous support, participating libraries are able to award children who complete the program with a specially designed medal to honour their reading accomplishments.

BC SRC medal (back), featuring RBC logo

BC SRC medal (front), 2017 theme Walk on the Wild Side!

Many libraries hold public ceremonies, attended by hundreds of eager Summer Readers and their families, at which RBC representatives, and other local dignitaries personally present each child with a medal.This is the time of year children throughout BC are proudly displaying their BC Summer Reading Club medal. Often, children will keep their medals year after year, as evidence of their significant personal accomplishments.

Via Twitter @gvpl shared a picture of a BC SRC member who collected this jaw-dropping collection of seven years of medals!

In 2013, BCLA partnered with RBC, to introduce the BC SRC Community Story Award. Each year, this award is presented to an individual whose story best demonstrates the impact of the SRC within their community. To read the winning stories and for more details on how to enter, please see: http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/community-story-award/

Each library is encouraged to design and and deliver programs that best meet the unique needs of their community. Thanks to the enthusiasm and deep commitment of library staff, the BC SRC is featured at parades, weekly farmer’s markets, and community days throughout the summer. Not only does the BC SRC program make it fun for children to maintain their reading skills over the summer, it creates opportunities for them to make new friends, develop a lifelong love of reading, learn about the many things their local library has to offer, and feel a sense of belonging within their community. The BC SRC program currently reaches over 172,000 children and their families throughout the province. 

This would not be possible without RBC’s incredible generosity, support, and community perspective. Thank you, RBC!

 

SRC Display at VPL’s Central Branch

Staff at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch sent along some pictures of their SRC display. Fun!

Be sure to send us yours, too!

 

A giant octopus floats above the registration desk.

 

Amidst the trees, colourful flowers mark each child’s registration.

A log cabin in the woods,  just right for summer camping and reading!

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!