Author Archives: Stephanie

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

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

* = 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.

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!

This week’s updates

Last week, we launched the activities and were excited to see kids participating online, whether it was voting in our Battle of the Books challenge, downloading activity sheets, starting their BINGO challenge, submitting questions for Ask an Astronomer (so many questions about the Black Hole!), and more.
We had about 150 entries for our weekly caption contests and we’re excited to announce our winning captions for the younger and older kids. We already have about 60 entries for this week’s contests and excited to select our finalists later this week that kids can vote on.
This week’s DIY for tweens includes a tutorial for two different jar lanterns using everyday household items (a sample can be seen below) and we’re excited to see what tweens come up with.
It’s also been so exciting to see what different libraries are up to this summer, whether it’s digital programming, take away kits, and more. Katherine Parker over at VPL shared their fantastic digital escape room using Google Forms if any library is interested in using it for their own programming. It can be found here. If your library is doing a great activity that you’d like to share and make available to other libraries, please add them to the blog!
Lastly, we’re excited to start sharing content submissions we’ve received from kids from weekly content on our Instagram page. If you’re not following us already, head over to to our page @bcsummerreadingclub to give us a follow.
Thanks again for all your amazing work this summer!
Happy reading!

Reading Record DIY

One of this year’s SRC initiatives was to add more tween specific digital content to help boost engagement with the 9-12+ crowd. As a result, we’re launching Weekly DIYs and creative projects that tweens and their families can make at home with household items.

To kick off this new series of content, I created an inspiration page for how to decorate your Reading Records that libraries may also find helpful. With the freedom of the new reading record design, kids can now choose to use and decorate their reading record however they please. The tutorial provides tips like what types of layouts or trackers to create, recycling old stationery and magazines, more.

You can find the Reading Record DIY over here, but here are some photos to get an idea of what to find:

Be sure to look out for other Weekly DIYs at the start of each week.