Every summer amazing things happen all across the province of BC, but this summer we had to stop, pause, re-evaluate, and adapt. With closed doors, limited staff, health and safety concerns, and more, libraries across the province still found ways to make sure the BC Summer Reading Club reached children and families in their communities while facing a global pandemic.
Libraries have always been a gathering place for our communities and a source of comfort for many. So from the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you and celebrate all the library heroes! We’re so proud of how the library community was able to come through and help support and foster the love of reading during these very uncertain times.
Since 2013, the BCLA has been accepting SRC Community Story Award nominations to recognize the amazing work that library workers do and how SRC impacts their community. And while this year looked very different for libraries, we want to hear your victory stories! We’ve received some amazing feedback from libraries and families across the province and we’d very much love to share and honour those wins. It’s certainly been a challenging summer and although we are still facing a pandemic, we can celebrate how libraries demonstrated their dedication to connecting with their communities and found ways to bring Summer Reading Club into homes while families missed their local library.
Here are some ideas to get you started, but by all means feel free just to tell us your story:
- What does SRC mean to your library and community and how was it impacted this summer?
- What ways did your library come together to bring SRC into your community?
- What types of ways did you provide programming to your community (virtual, make and takes, etc.)?
- Did you receive feedback from a member of your community and how glad they were still able to access SRC?
- Did you feel connected to a larger SRC/community through the variety of online resources?
- Has a parent or caregiver ever told you how participating in SRC has changed the way their child feels about books and reading? Describe what they said and how that made you feel?
To submit a story for nomination for the SRC Community Story Award, please contact us via email with the subject line: SRC Community Story Award.
The winner of the BC SRC Community Story Award will be announced in early spring of next year and the winner will attend the upcoming virtual conference as our guest! We are still working on details for how to present the award in a virtual setting, but more details to come soon.
And this year, we are giving away a box (you read that correctly!) of SRC notebooks to the first 10 submissions we receive for the nominators to share with their library staff.
Stories will be accepted until December 31, 2020 and may be submitted both by an individual or about an individual library. All submitted stories will be shared with our stakeholders and may be published to help demonstrate the powerful impact of the BC SRC. You may submit as many stories as you wish. Can’t wait to hear yours!