The BC Summer Reading Club is a free reading program for children. It is a great way to practice or improve reading skills over the summer, meet new friends, learn more about your community and library, and have fun!
Who can join?
The BC Summer Reading Club welcomes all children and their families to participate, and seeks to provide a free, accessible, and fully inclusive program.
How do we join?
2020 Update: We anticipate online registration for the BC Summer Reading Club (bcsrc.ca) to open June 15. Please contact your local library to find our more about in-person registration.
Visit your local library:
Library staff will be happy to register your child for free, and give them
everything they need to join the Summer Reading Club. They will also be able to tell you about any summer programs and activities at the library.
When does registration begin?
2020 Update: We anticipate online registration at bcsrc.ca to open June 15. Please contact your local library to find our more about in-person registration.
Registration begins sometime in June. Just call or visit your local library to find out when you can sign up:
How does it work?
2020 Update: Join the BC SRC at bcsrc.ca to track your reading, earn digital badges, a completion certificate, and participate in fun activities!
Visit your local library and your child will receive a free reading record to keep track of their reading. Children also receive a weekly sticker to mark their accomplishments. At the end of summer, many libraries award a medal to children who complete the program.
Be sure to ask at your library about special Summer Reading Club activities and events!
Do I need a library card to join the BC Summer Reading Club?
You don’t need a library card to join the Summer Reading Club! If you would like to borrow some books or digital materials, just ask the staff about getting a library card.
Do I need to be enrolled in a school?
The BC Summer Reading Club is for school-age children (ages 5–14), but you do not need to be enrolled in a school to join. Homeschoolers are welcome to join!
What do children read for the Summer Reading Club?
Children read story books, information books, graphic novels, and even comic books! They read in whatever language they wish, including American Sign Language, and in whatever format they prefer, including audio books. They can also listen to someone else read or tell stories.
Library staff will be happy to recommend books and more, for your child to enjoy!
Is the program available in other languages?
The BC Summer Reading Club program materials are bilingual (English and French) but children are encouraged to read books in whatever language they feel most comfortable, including ASL (American Sign Language).
If you have any questions, just call or visit your local library!
Does the Summer Reading Club run all summer?
Each library runs the program a little bit differently. The program usually begins in late June and usually ends in August.
What if we miss a day of reading?
No problem! Just keep reading. After 7 days of reading, your child will earn a sticker or digital badge!
What if my child can’t finish the program?
Your child can still collect stickers even if they don’t finish. The reading record is yours to keep!
What if we will be travelling this summer?
2020 Update: Join the fun at bcsrc.ca and register online! Track your reading from anywhere and earn digital badges!
Keep reading! If you are traveling within BC this summer, you can visit any public library — all participating libraries have been provided with extra stickers for visitors. If you are travelling out of the province, just let your library know!