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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 ( 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! 

VIRL Needs Medals

We’re finished with SRC, but we’ve got some waitlisted kids still hoping to get a completion medal. I think we could use up to 80 but any you can spare would be most appreciated pretty please and thank you!

Please reply to this post and send to:

Julie Carter, Nanaimo North Branch, 6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9R5N3

Email or call 250.933.2665