Filled with delightful humour and invention, colour, and energy, this year’s artwork is by Bambi Edlund. 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. To learn more about Bambi and her work, please visit (http://bambivision.com/. Bambi is available for library visits and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A delightful fleet of spacecraft, piloted by all kinds of critters — from cats and turtles to dogs and fish — invite us to Explore Our Universe. As they navigate amongst the planets and stars, it is obvious that adventure, discovery and friendships await our space explorers! Keen eyes will delight in noticing how the space ships reflect the pilots: cats in a cat-shaped ship, turtles in a turtle-shaped ship, mice in a… a cheese-shaped ship! 😀
New & Improved! More flexible! Reading Record
Last winter we asked our Content Creators and their teams for feedback on the Reading Records. While many people loved the “classic” reading log, many also expressed a desire for something more flexible, less daunting for reluctant readers. With all this in mind, TheCore Committee worked to develop a new layout that honours the best of both worlds while continuing to provide maximumaccessibility. We are delighted to be able to have this more flexible reading record available for this summer!
Across the top of each panel there is a bar with 7 circles. These can be checked off, coloured, or disregarded, depending on thereading goals of each child. Also on each panel there is a large box with the words: “I read…” at the top (in English & French)and the words: “Write or draw.” at the bottom (in English & French). This provides enough room for kids to :
- list books (classic-style!)
- enter a single title (especially if they are reading longer books)
- write or draw a picture related to a title they enjoyed
- write a book review
- make a diary entry
We look forward to hearing what you and your summer readers think!
Inside the reading record, an interstellar, interspecies gathering is happening! Along the panel there is room for 8 stickers, each of which completes one of Bambi’s delightful characters. You may use the 8th sticker in any way that works for your patrons (e.g. to “launch” or “complete” your SRC, to acknowledge a special reading accomplishment.)
PLEASE NOTE: each library is intentionally provided with an additional 5 % of stickers. This allows you to give them freely to visiting children and not have to worry about running out!
Activity Card: Mission Control Trading Cards!
This year’s bonus Activity Card is a pair of stunning “Mission Control” Trading Cards featuring historic events in space exploration. There are four different Activity Cards, each with 2 different Historic Event cards. Kids can trade ‘em, collect ’em, play card toss games with ‘em, find out more about the historic space exploration events described!
In addition a full Trading Card Game called “Mission Control” will be available from the websites for libraries and kids to purchase and/or download (More to come soon!)
As always, Activity Cards may be used in any way that best suits your community — handed out to each child who participates, given out as prizes for programs or community events, or used as part of a self-directed program activity (e.g. finding out more about the historic events on the cards!).
NOTE: the paper used to print the Activity Cards is “extra” space on the press sheets. Rather than let it go to waste, each year we strive to create an additional bonus activity for kids to enjoy.
T-shirts and Tattoos and Medals
As part of our ongoing effort to streamline the BC SRC program, this year we are working with Fairware to produce t-shirts and tattoos. This should significantly improve production and delivery for our novelty items (t-shirts and tattoos) as well as ensure we are working with a company that is serious about sustainability.
This year’s t-shirt colour is purple, providing a fantastic backdrop for interstellar activity! T-shirts come in Adult, “Ladies”, and Youth styles. All t-shirts are 100% cotton.
Tattoos come in a “bundle” of 200. Each bundle includes 100 tattoos x 2 designs. Please note this is a slightly different quantity than in previous years. Many of you had asked for smaller bundles. We are happy to tell you we were able to reduce the bundles from 250 to 200 while retaining two tattoos designs.
The ribbon colour for this year’s medal is gold.