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Here is your handy 2020 BC SRC reference page:

Online registration & reading tracker


Overview of online registration


 Staff Orientation Video

 Parent/Caregiver FAQ

 Online Registration & FAQ

 Preschooler Registration

  1. Type “other” into the school field
  2. Select “other” in the grade field.

(The program is funded for 5-14; we have included “other” to capture anyone on either side of that range.)

 SRC T-shirts

Adult and Ladies T-shirts 

We have a (very!) limited quantity of available for purchase, in case you missed out. Please contact bcsrc@bclibrary.ca with the sizes and quantities you are looking for.


2020 Survey and Evaluation

 Technical Issues 

Online Registration & FAQ page

(scroll to bottom of page)

 Weekly Videos

See Resources: Video Files (Includes video files for your website, etc.


BC Summer Reading Club and Green Thumb Theatre Announcement

BCLA Logo  

GT Logo


The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Green Thumb Theatre for our mystery-themed 2021 BC Summer Reading Club (BC SRC).

The BC SRC is a free public library literacy program that connects school-aged children and families to their local library and encourages children to discover a love of reading. The BC SRC reaches more than 173,000* children and their families. This past summer, in the wake of a global pandemic, the BC SRC launched a brand-new online reading tracking app along with a summer’s worth of online activities for children and their families to explore. The program is made possible by generous funding from the BC Ministry of Education and CUPE BC. The BC SRC welcomes the participation of all children and their families and seeks to provide an accessible and fully inclusive program. All children are invited to join the BC SRC by visiting their local library.

Founded in 1975, Green Thumb Theatre is a force within the field of theatre for young audiences, not only in British Columbia, but across the country and throughout the world. Green Thumb Theatre creates and produces plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth, and young adults — touring theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation to stimulate empathy, debate and critical thinking. In their 45 year history, Green Thumb has commissioned over 50 new plays for young audiences and has toured to every province and two territories in Canada, 36 US States, and 11 countries overseas.

“Green Thumb Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with BC Summer Reading Club. This is a unique opportunity for young people across the province to let their imaginations run wild and explore reading, writing, and visual arts through theatre,” said Patrick McDonald, Green Thumb Theatre’s Artistic Director. “We are excited to announce more details about the project soon.”

Chris Middlemass, BCLA President, expressed similar excitement for this upcoming partnership: “This is an important opportunity for the BC Summer Reading Club to partner with the Green Thumb Theatre. Together we will deliver unique and interactive programming for kids across the province. It’s a privilege to be part of such innovative programming.”
BCLA and Green Thumb Theatre look forward to supporting the BC Summer Reading Club over the summer of 2021 and more details to come.

For questions to BCLA, please contact Annette DeFaveri, Executive Director of the BC Library Association at execdir@bcla.bc.ca.

For more information about Green Thumb Theatre please visit their website and if you have any questions, please contact Georgia Beaty, Education and Outreach Coordinator at outreach@greenthumb.bc.ca.

* = statistics from 2019

Share your SRC stories

We received these lovely words from Gillian Guilmant-Smith over at the Vancouver Public Library’s Children’s library:

She and her 4 year old daughter proudly presented themselves to request the medal that had been earned. While situating themselves to take a picture with our frame, the mom commented, “The SRC activities were really good this year!”

I responded, “Oh, so you did the online activities?”

And she said, “Yes, we followed them and we printed out the coloring sheets. It was very good!”

We love to hear these stories, so please share in the comments with the feedback you’ve received as folks make their way back to libraries to pick up medals.

Hazelton now has enough medals :)

Thank you all for your quick responses to our (Hazelton’s) request for more medals. I believe we will have enough now.

And thanks to all of you who post cute, inspiring stories about your clubs. We all enjoy them.

After a slow start Hazelton now has more participants in SRC than we have had in a few years. It’s been a strange summer and it’s gratifying that we have had so much help from our community partners this year.We will definitely need more medals. We are hoping to get at least 25 more medals. if anyone thinks they’ll have extra, we would appreciate some.

You could reply to me, Ruth Cooper, Assistant Librarian hdpl.ruth@citywest.ca

or to our SRC Community Co-ordinator Steph Menard at stephmenard3@gmail.com

medals could be mailed directly to the Hazelton District Public Library, PO Box 323, 4255 Government St., Hazelton, BC V0J 1Y0

Thanks in advance to those of you willing to help.



KSRC Wrap Up – Any ideas?

As the end of the 2020 KSRC comes, I’m left thinking of ideas for the final wrap up week!

Usually here at the Salmo Valley Public Library, we have a movie day and go to the local pool for a couple of hours. Seeing as we can’t do that, I’m wondering if anyone has any fun ideas for a wrap up! A zoom party is out of the question, as our turn out for zoom meetings hasn’t been great. Any ideas are appreciated!

Grace                                                                                                                                                                Salmo Valley Public Library                                                                                                                        Kids Summer Reading Club Coordinator

Library Staff Caption Contest

We’re in the final stretch for this year’s Summer Reading Club and wanted to highlight the wonderful interest and excitement we’ve received for our caption contests.

On average we receive about 150 submissions a week between the two age categories and they’ve been an absolute riot to read.

Here is an example from a few weeks ago

And the runner up captions included:

  • “The first flower of the decade!” by Liam
    “Glad to see you are taking it all in.” by NatDog

To build off this momentum, we want to introduce a Staff Caption Contest! Submit your captions below by next Tuesday, August 11th until 11:59pm and we’ll set up a vote and announce a winner on August 20th. The contest will receive an official Explore Our Universe SRC t-shirt!

And the winning caption is…


Thank you to everyone who submitted their captions!

Brainstorm for 2022 BC SRC Theme!

It’s time to start thinking about  SRC themes for… 2022!! (Our 2021 theme is Mystery). 

First though, we want to do a little brainstorming and we’d love your help! Are there any theme suggestions you’d like to have included in the mix? Add a comment or use the form below and we’ll add them to the list!

We’ll leave the brainstorm open till August 15th. The following week we’ll send out a short-list of themes and then it will be time to vote on the three “finalists”.

Suggestions so far:

  • Empowered
  • All Together Now (emotions/sharing/mental health)
  • Fizz, Boom, Read (science/learning)
  • Paws to Read (pets/animals)
  • Dream Big – Read (growth/dreams/learning)
  • Environment / Nature
  • First nations theme – spirit animals (Activity ideas: kids creating their own family pole with meaningful spirit animals)
  • Brainstorming – Just as you wrote in your email, and also a little play on Victoria Public Library’s recent marketing award.
  • We All Belong (celebrate diversity/multiculturalism)
  • “Underground”, Sub-theme ideas: Tunnels (Chunnel; railway construction; mining (Britannia Mine partnership?); gold rush), Animal homes (BC animals including Burrowing Owls; badgers; moles), Geology (caves; rocks and minerals; volcanoes; plate tectonics; earthquakes), Archaeology, Paleontology (who doesn’t like dinosaurs?), Utilities (sewers; wells; water mains; fire hydrants; electrical conduits; underground streams), Bugs (ants, worms, bacteria), Underground Railway, French underground resistance in WWII, Underground homes for people (e.g. Coober Pedy in Australia), Bunkers, Catacombs
  • Resilience!
  • Way back when (history);
  • The future is now (discoveries, trends, growing up, imagining the future);
  • Around the world in 7 weeks;
  • Friendship
  • Explore the Biomes: animals, vegetation, weather and conservation
    Tropical Rainforest
    Temperate Forest
  • Manga/Anime
  • Ethnic/First Nations’ Canadian Heroes

Ask on Astronomer event recording available!

We had such a great time with Rachel Wang and Trish Pattison from the Space Centre today during our Ask an Astronomer event!

After a minor technical delay we launched straight into exploring our universe, straight from the Space Centre (notice the giant telescope behind Rachel!!) And we had so many great questions from viewers all over the province!

In case you weren’t able to attend, we’ve added a link to the recording (just scroll down to the Event Details section on our Ask an Astronomer page. We’ve also added info on stargazing apps, a DIY star finder, and how to find Comet Neowise in the sky (see it now! Next chance is in 6,800 years!)

Be sure to mark August 12th (2:30-3:00) in your calendar when Astronomer Rachel answers more questions just in time for the Perseids Meteor Shower!

Happy Summer Reading!