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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 (http://bambivision.com/) or by email hey@bambivision.com

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: http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/

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,
Jami

 

 

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

“Now I’m a reader, too!”

Francesca de Freitas from VPL’s Children’s Library recently shared this delightful story of “adorable SRC excitement”:

Some kids in our co-op put their reading records on their front doors so they show-off and can see what other kids have been reading, and so the Summer Reading Club is a not an infrequent topic of hallway conversation between the school-aged kids.

This morning my 5 year-old neighbour Ruby (starting K in Sept) came knocking very softly and, unusually shyly, at my door. She wanted to tell me she had joined the ‘library summer reading plan’ and that last night she’d read an entire book all by her self for the very first time. I asked her what the book was she told me it was ‘Time for Bed, Fred,’ and that her mom only had to help her with a couple of words that were hard. ‘Now I’m a reader too!’ she said.

We were so charmed at work that I’m bringing her a SRC poster and few buttons to celebrate this momentous becoming a reader milestone!

Do you have a SRC story to share? The winner will attend the 2020 BCLA Conference as our guest! For more details please visit http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/community-story-award/

Please send your story in an email to bcsrc@bclibrary.ca, subject line: BC SRC Community Story Award.

 

New Resource Page: BC SRC Serving First Nations Children and Communities

We are delighted to share with you a brand new Resource Page on the BC SRC staff site: BC SRC Serving First Nations Children and Communities.
 
This resource page grew out of a 2019 BCLA Conference session: BC SRC Serving First Nations Children and Communities. During the session, a panel of four representatives from three libraries gathered to discuss the successes, challenges, and evolution of serving First Nations children and communities through BC SRC. The topics touched on included: relevancy, factors in participation, partnerships, funding, adaptations, creating positions and policy to increase relevancy and engagement, training. Each of these topics could, of course, have filled an entire session. The panel included:
 
 
The panel members have generously agreed to share some of the resources they have developed within their communities. In addition, we have included the slide show from the session, as well as a video recording of the session, for those of you who were unable to join us. You may find all of these items here. We hope you will help us continue to build this page of resources. 
Many thanks go to our amazing panel members and their communities and to filmmaker TJ Galmut. A special thanks to Libraries Branch, Minstry of Education, for their continued and generous support in increasing accessibility to the BC SRC.
 

Win!! Prizes!! Enter the 2019 BC SRC Quiz!

Once again we were lucky enough to have Randi Robin, BC SRC’s esteemed quiztress, put together another fabulous quiz for the BCLA Conference.

Didn’t make it to Conference? Well, we sure missed you, and now’s your chance to take the quiz and win some prizes! Enter as an individual, enter as a team! The first three winners will receive their choice of a bundle of tattoos OR a poster signed by Jami Gigot while quantities last) to give out as prizes! 

To enter, simply include the number of the question and the letter of the answer you think is correct, ie. 9:z (there is no question 9 or answer z — this is just an example!) DO NOT post your answers to the blog! 😉 Please send your entry directly to bcsrc@bclibrary.ca with the subject line “SRC Quiz + Your Library Name”. 

Good luck!

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