Call for BC SRC Co-Chair!

Call for BC SRC Co-Chair!

The BC Summer Reading Club is seeking a Co-Chair for the 2021 BC SRC. (This is a volunteer position with a three-year cycle, beginning April 2020.)

Below is a general idea of the Chair’s responsibilities:

Working with the BC SRC Provincial Coordinator, and the BC SRC Committee, the Co-Chair will:

  • Select annual artist
  • Develop theme
  • Craft seven weekly themes
  • Meet with illustrator to discuss and develop design direction  (Can be done via Skype)
  • Review, provide feedback on, and select from artwork using online project management tool
  • Announce theme, artist, etc. to listservs
  • Recruit/coordinate Content Creators and assign content tasks; recruit future co-chair
  • Oversee creation of manual content (review and edit as necessary)
  • Provide book lists to ULS, CELA, NNELS
  • Support Coordinator in surveying participating libraries about use of, and feedback on, the program, future themes, etc., as needed
  • Read SRC Community Story Award submissions and select winner
  • Attend the BCLA conference (registration is paid for BC SRC) to assist the SRC Coordinator with booth/promote BC SRC during Tradeshow; welcome Story Award Winner
  • Attend photo opps as needed/as able
  • Present the BC SRC Community Award to the winner


  • You love the BC SRC and have 3-5 years personal experience working with the BC SRC program
  • You appreciate the way each library system in the province develops the BC SRC to best suit the needs of their community
  • You have the support of your library management team
  • You are technically capable and comfortable with online tools (project management, Skype, etc)
  • You are highly organized and able to meet deadlines
  • You have excellent communication skills
  • You are a strong facilitator, comfortable working with differing opinions and building consensus
  • You are able to work collaboratively towards an ultimate goal
  • You are excited by the idea of continuing to grow and evolve the BC SRC
  • You are able to commit to the following cycle:

2021 SRC Co-Chair (begin April 2020)
2022 SRC Co-Chair
2023 SRC Past Chair (with light support to Co-Chairs)

If this sounds like you, please send your expression of interest by email ( with three paragraphs describing:

  • your experience working with BC SRC
  • a time you have worked collaboratively
  • a time you have facilitated differing opinions

Deadline: to be considered for the 2021-2023 cycle, please submit your expression of interest by February 28, 2018 to Co-Chair to be announced mid March.




The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) is pleased to announce a partnership with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre for our space-themed 2020 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. In 2019, the BC SRC reached over 173,000 children in more than 200 communities throughout BC. 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.

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource that brings the wonders of space to Earth, while providing a personal sense of ongoing discovery. Through innovative programming, exhibits and activities, their goal is to inspire sustained interest in the fields of earth science, space science and astronomy.

“The Space Centre is very excited to support the 2020 summer reading club theme of “Explore the Universe” this summer!” said Lisa McIntosh, Director of Learning at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. “This unique opportunity allows us to share our passion for Space with inquisitive young readers across the province. We look forward to a fun summer of reading and wonder about the universe!“

Christine Middlemass, President of the BC Library Association echoed McIntosh saying, “Partnering with the H. R. MacMillian Space Center enhances our very successful Summer Reading Club and helps us help children and families learn more about space and enjoy reading about space.”

BCLA and the H. R. MacMillian Space Center look forward to supporting the BC Summer Reading Club over the summer of 2020.

For questions to BCLA, please contact Annette DeFaveri, Executive Director of the BC Library Association at

For questions to H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, please contact Jennifer MacDonald, Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre at

Annette DeFaveri Executive Director

BC Library Association

Erin’s SRC ukulele welcome song!

Our friend, Erin Cockriell from the Telkwa Reading Centre generously agreed to record and share her “SRC Ukulele Welcome Song”. By special request she has also shared the lyrics and chords!

SRC Ukulele Welcome Song 

(Repeated Chord Pattern: C, Am, F, G7)

Summer Reading Club, this is how we do it.
Summer Reading Club, just put your brain into it.

Reading isn’t lazy, it’s won’t drive your parents crazy (single strum) C, F, C, G7
Don’t you know that stories take you where your feet can’t go… (single strum)C, F, C, G7

(Repeated Chord Pattern: C, Am, F, G7)

To the Summer Reading Club, this is how we do it.
Summer Reading Club, just put your brain into it.

Little section where I get the kids to share their names without feeling on the spot just continues the chord pattern while speaking.

Welcome to Stephanie Hong, our new BC SRC Tween Project Coordinator!

One of the highlights that came out of this year’s survey  was the need to address Tween participation (or lack thereof!) in SRC. We have asked Stephanie Hong to help us develop a plan for provincial strategies to increase Tween engagement in the 2020 BC SRC.

Stephanie has worked at Surrey Libraries and VPL (where she works with the Teens and has coordinated their summer bookcamp). She will be creating some benchmarks to help us better understand our audience, and be focusing primarily on digital content.  

Stay tuned! We look forward to sharing more over the next few months. 

“Explore Our Universe!”

The theme for the 2020 BC Summer Reading Club is “Explore Our Universe!

Seven weekly sub-themes have been selected to use as inspiration for your programs, activities, displays and contests:

Week 1: Up and Away – Transportation and technology
Week 2: Home Base – Planet Earth, animals, the environment
Week 3: What if…? – The future, science fiction, imaginations
Week 4: Sun, Moon, and Stars – Planets, moons, and other celestial objects
Week 5: Out of This World – Fantasy, mythology, other universes
Week 6: Into the Great Unknown  – Aliens, black holes, and other mysteries of space
Week 7: Blast off!  – Astronauts and space exploration

We are delighted to tell you that Bambi Edlund is the 2020 BC Summer Reading Club artist!

Bambi Edlund grew up in Wycliffe, a small community between Kimberly and Cranbrook, surrounded by coyotes, cougars, bears, and a star-filled night sky.

She spent summer nights watching for satellites and shooting stars, and glimpses of the Milky Way. Days were spent exploring, reading, and making things. Above all else, she loved animals and drawing. She drew all the time —the margins of her grade school notebooks were filled with singing cats, dancing groundhogs, and chickens playing guitar.

This self-taught artist, designer, needle-felted sculptor, and stop motion animator, has been the Art Director for Edible Vancouver since 2008. She illustrated the picture book What a Waste: Where Does Garbage Go? (Annick Press, 2017), and is currently at work on a proposal for Kids Can Press.

Filled with delightful humour and invention, colour, and energy, Bambi’s illustrations are a perfect match for next year’s theme of “space”: Explore Our Universe!

Bambi lives in Vancouver, BC with a large Bernese mountain dog named Beatrix and a big fluffy cat named Midge. Bambi is available for library visits and may be reached through her website ( or by email

The BC Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and public libraries throughout British Columbia, with generous support from the Province of British Columbia, through Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education and CUPE BC.

“Explore Our Universe!” booklists and program suggestions will be available in early 2020 on the BC SRC website:

Stay tuned as we being to Explore Our Universe for the 2020 BC SRC!

Thanks from Jami Gigot!

Just wanted to share a lovely note we received from our amazing 2019 artist, Jami Gigot:

I just wanted to say thank you again to the SRC team for giving me the wonderful opportunity to create the artwork for the Summer Reading Club this year. It’s such a fantastic program, and I had an amazing time visiting several of the branches over the summer! I’ve attached a few photos of the fun. The first one is from a workshop at the Sooke Branch, and the lovely fish artwork was sent to me from Vruti Patel and the Victoria branches. The storywalk was in Pemberton and so much fun! 
Warm wishes,



Our warmest thanks to Jami for creating such beautiful artwork and for helping us to Imagine the Possibilities!