Author Archives: Cynthia Ford

BCLA and CUPE BC Announce Support for BC SRC

We are pleased and proud to announce BC Library Association’s new partnership with CUPE BC!

CUPE BC is generously contributing $50,000 to ensure that BC Summer Reading Club continues to award medals to children across the Province who participate in this successful, inclusive and much loved program. Please see BCLA’s News Release for details.

Thank you CUPE BC!

Call for Proposals for CATS Conference!

Children and Teen Services (CATS) Conference
Monday, October 7, 2019
Kelowna, BC

The Okanagan Regional Library System (ORL), Nelson Public Library  (NPL), and British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) are pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for children’s and teen library staff from across the province at this FREE one-day event.

Call for Presenters now Open! 2019 CATS Call for Presenters 

Plastic Bags from Medals

If you don’t have a use for the leftover small plastic bags that the medals come in, please feel free to send to me, and I will ensure they get reused/recycled.

Please send att: Cynthia to

Public Library InterLINK
#158 – 5489 Byrne Road
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5J 3J1



Prizes!!! Take the 2018 BC SRC Quiz and Win!

Once again we were lucky enough to have Randi Robin, BC SRC’s esteemed quiztress, put together 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! Win a bundle of tattoos or a kid’s Motion Commotion t-shirt to give as prizes! T

o 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 with the subject line “SRC Quiz + Your Library Name”. 

Good luck!



BC SRC Poster Exhibit at NVDPL till July 30

So fun to visit North Vancouver District Library and get a chance to see their exhibit: A Look Back: 29 Years of the BC Summer Reading Club.

When Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education, moved out of their Robson Street office earlier this year, all the framed BC SRC posters needed a home. NVDPL offered  not only a roof, but also an exhibit on the 2nd Floor of Lynn Valley Library.What a wonderful opportunity to see all the BC SRC posters in one place! On display till July 30.

Here are a few pics from the opening reception:

A Look Back: 29 Years of the BC Summer Reading Club.

Jacqueline van Dyk (NVDPL’s Director of Library Services) welcomed guests and visitors to the opening reception.

Jacqueline with a reading record one of her own children had filled out: “Something we treasure and hang onto forever.”      











Meghan Crowe (Communications/Events Coordinator) with display of the BC SRC reading records and t-shirts.









BC SRC Web Guy, Neil Firkins (pictured here with Maryann Kempthorne, NVDPL’s Manager, Innovation and Learning)









Nice to see retired (ILK/PLSB) SRC alumni, Jim Looney.










What a pleasure to meet 2008 artist, Elisa Gutiérrez (Read all Over the Map)












And if you can’t make it to North Van, thanks to our Web Guy, Neil Firkins (pictured above), you can always see the posters on the BC SRC digital archives.

Parent and Caregiver’s Page

For 2018, we’ve introduced a “Caregiver’s Page”. This page provides general information on the BC SRC, as well as simple explanations on how to join the program. Currently, it is available in French and English, with plans to translate into multiple languages. This page will exist year round on the Staff site (Information for Caregivers/Information pour les aidants) and be linked annually to the Kids’ site (Info for Grownups/Pour les grands).












If you think of something this page should include, by all means send me a note!

The 2018 Kids’ Site!

If you haven’t already visited this year’s kids’ site, be sure to move on over to!

Once again, thanks to the incredible efforts of Shayne Letain and Neil Firkins, a bunch of “Motion Commotion!” is happening over at! Children and their families are invited to join in the fun by visiting their local library. As well, at, they have lots of options for interaction, for creativity, and to develop their literacy and digital literacy skills.

Meet Team Motion Commotion’s Leo DaVinci and J-Cat






Visit Leo’s Lab







The French page is accessible via a direct link in the top right-hand corner, above the menu bar. (When on the French page, the English link is in the same location.)



Links across the bottom include the Colouring Sheets, Booklists (coming), the DIY t-shirt images, and the staff site.

Leo’s Creator Club
In Leo’s Creator’s Club children are invited to write a story or draw a picture and submit to the site.






Some of the prompts include:

  1. Imagine that you are an inventor of Movement Machines! What would you invent? Describe your invention and how it works.
  2. Imagine your perfect laboratory or creation space. Describe it in a story!
  3. What do you like to make most? Short stories? Comics? Drawings? Animation? Movies?
    Leo wants to see what you make!

This is a perfect activity to share with teachers in your communities looking for a fun end-of-year activity that bridges the connection between school and the Summer Reading Club.

Each submission is reviewed for content, and then usually published on the site within 24 hours (or less). For more info on our Guiding Principles for approving submissions to please see the last section under “About Us” on the Staff Site.

The Manual and Downloads

The Manual

Our amazing Co-Chairs Emily Olsen (TNRD) and Jennifer Lee (VPL), along with our fantastic team of Content Creators: Mehjabeen Ali and SPL, Anne Martin and VPL, Wiena Groenewold and FVRL, Susan McCowan and Meghan Ross and TNRD, and Tina Lee and BPL, Julie Carter and VIRL, have worked hard to put together 7 weeks worth of motion-commotion-filled fun.

You’ll find the programs, activities, and booklists here or visit > Manual. We are so incredibly fortunate to have these skilled and generous people on our team! 

The Downloads

Lots of wonderful treasures for your own promotion await you here  ( > Downloads) including images, icons, this year’s logo and font (“Rumble Brave Vintage”!), icons, report card stuffers in French and English, and much,, much more!