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!

 

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