Meet Our 2020 Content Creators

Each fall a team of Content Creators from all over the province, set about building the BC SRC Manual. Under the direction of Co-Chairs Laura Zaytsoff (Castlegar & District Public Library) and Alicia Dobbs (New Westminster Public Library), each Content Creator takes responsibility for a section of the BC SRC Manual. During the dark days of autumn, these creative folks dream up sunny programs, activities, and booklists for libraries to use during the BC Summer Reading Club. It’s a delight to introduce you to the team behind the 2020 SRC manual!

Laura Zaytsoff, BC SRC Co-Chair

Children, Youth, and Outreach Librarian in Castlegar

The Castlegar and District Public Library is a single branch library and is a part of the wider Kootenay Library Federation. Our library currently services around 10,307 people.  In 2019 we had 84,792 patrons walk through our doors!

I love the process of collaborating with others all over the province. One of my favourite parts of being a co-chair this past year was attending BCLA in Surrey and getting to meet content creators and many others involved in BC SRC in person – so cool! It is really fascinating to watch the theme go through the process of beginning as just one word, like “space”, to the beautiful and stunning artwork we have for this year’s SRC. Bambi has done a truly amazing job and I can’t wait for everyone else to see the finished products!

Living in a rural area, it is really great to meet all of the content creators from around the province through the magic of the internet! I love seeing what everyone creates and think it is so great how we can all contribute to the greater whole of the BC SRC together. It has been so fun and magical to watch everything unfold over the past few years as BC SRC Co-Chair. I can’t wait to see what comes out of this year!

Alicia Dobbs, BC SRC Co-Chair 

Librarian I (Children’s & Teen Department), New Westminster Public Library

NWPL serves the City of New Westminster, with a population of about 77,000. We have one main library and one small branch in the Queensborough neighbourhood.

My favourite things about working on the Summer Reading Club have been seeing the (amazing!) artwork take shape, from first drafts all the way to a beautiful finished poster and reading log. I am so excited to finally see the materials in print! I’ve also been blown away by the creativity and hard work of the content creators, who come up with such a wide variety of material for the manual every year and help bring the SRC’s themes to life.

BC SRC Content Creators

The BC SRC is incredibly lucky to have this fantastic team of Content Creators! We thought you’d like to get to know this amazing group of people a little better.

Mehjabeen Ali and Surrey Libraries

  • Position: Librarian
  • Area of content creation: Activity Sheets
  • Tell us something about your library: Serving people across 9 branches, Summer Reading Club at Surrey Libraries is full of programs, special events and more for children of all ages!
  • How many people are on your content creation team? 3 wonderful members!
  • How you coordinate your efforts? Through a call out for contributors and then brainstorming ideas together.
  • What do you most enjoy about being Content Creators? The creativity and excitement that goes into making the activity sheets and children enjoying them in the summer!

Corene Maret Brown and Port Moody Public Library

  • Position: Programs and Youth Services Coordinator
  • Area of content creation: Family Storytimes
  • Tell us something about your library: We are a one branch library – small but mighty! Our average storytime attendance in the summer is about 120 people.
  • How many people are on your content creation team? One
  • How do you coordinate your efforts? Google Docs
  • What do you most enjoy about being a Content Creator? Making a felt Baby Yoda
  • Anything else you’d like to say? Looking forward to the school visits and sharing great reads with all the students.

Julie Carter and Vancouver Island Regional Library

  • Position: Customer Services Librarian – Children and Youth Services, Nanaimo North branch
  • Area of content creation: Web quizzes
  • Tell us something about your library: Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia. We serve over 430,000 people on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast (Bella Coola) through 39 branch libraries, our eLibrary and a Books by Mail service.
  • How many people are on your content creation team?Just little old me in terms of creating the web quizzes for BC SRC. We do have a wonderful Children’s Services Committee, though, that plans out SRC for all 39 of our branches.
  • What do you most enjoy about being a Content Creator? I like having the opportunity to work on a project that kids all over the province will have a chance to participate in!
  • Anything else you’d like to say? I have been a children’s librarian at VIRL for ten years. One of my fav aspects of children’s librarianship at VIRL is that we serve customers in very remote areas. We have a Books by Mail service for people living faraway from any of our branches. Each month, I get to select books to send to specific children through this Books by Mail Service and, in the summertime, I also send them SRC packages so that they can participate too. It’s wonderful that SRC can be enjoyed by all!

Gina Gaudet and Vancouver Public Library

  • Position: Assistant Manager, Children’s Library
  • Area of Content Creation: Programs (Ages 5-8)
  • Tell us something about your library: VPL is a large Urban Public Library that serves many diverse communities across the city.
  • How many people are on you content creation team? 14-18, that I know of.
  • How do you coordinate your efforts? Each of the 4 neighbourhood teams takes on one theme to spearhead, and staff at the Children’s library downtown take on the remaining 3. These small teams submit their programs to myself for edits and uploading.
  • What do you most enjoy about being Content Creators? Contributing to the manual gets our diverse team working together early on in the season and helps us get ready for Summer Reading Club.
  • Anything else you’d like to say? Our work on Summer Reading Club is contributed to by so many fabulous and creative minds it is a joy to be a part of this productive team.

Wiena Groenewold Fraser Valley Regional Library

  • Position: Librarian 1 and Summer Reading Club Coordinator
  • Area of content creation:  Programs (Ages 9-12)
  • Tell us something about your library: Largest public library system in BC with 25 branches and serving over 700,000 customers in its service area.  Service area:  Fraser Valley plus the Deltas and Port Coquitlam. Began serving customers from Ladner to Hope in July 1930 with the Fraser Valley Book Van, stopping at grocery stores, schoolhouses and gas stations with books displayed along its outside shelves.
  • How many people are on your content creation team? Idea input from various staff
  • How do you coordinate your efforts? Email SRC staff contacts to see who is interested in contributing creative content
  • What you most enjoy about being Content Creators? Sharing ideas that might be used throughout the province.

Jamie McCarthy and Burnaby Public Library

  • Position: Children’s Librarian at the Tommy Douglas Library
  • Area of content creation: Booklists (English and French)
  • Tell us something about your library: Burnaby Public Library’s dream is to empower the community to engage with and share stories, ideas and information. In 2018, we welcomed 1,825,621 visitors to the library!
  • How many people are on your content creation team: We had a fantastic team of 7 librarians working hard on the booklists (Jamie McCarthy, Myles Wolfe, Allison Jones, Sarah Hotson, Hana Kim, Jennifer Zilm, and Susan Gow).
  • How do you coordinate your efforts: Each librarian worked on a booklist (we provided 8 lists in total). Two librarians then edited and cross-checked the lists.
  • What they most enjoy about being Content Creators? It’s always such a fun challenge to curate booklists for children, caregivers, educators, and library staff to enjoy. We really hope that children will be excited about all the fabulous books they will read this summer. As someone who has always been fascinated with NASA and space, it was an added bonus to get to read all about space and the wonders of our universe.
  • Anything else you’d like to say? Summer Reading Club is probably my favourite time of the year. I can still remember getting my first SRC medal as a youngster!