Long before it was the BC Summer Reading Club, summer reading programs of one sort or another had sprang up around the province. While these programs varied in all kinds of ways, they shared one clear vision — to engage school-age children with libraries and reading, throughout the summer.
Resources were incredibly limited and the success of these programs was evidence of not only the tremendous need, but also the incredible creativity, commitment, and resourcefulness of library staff.
In 1989 the Children’s Services Advisory Committee of the Greater Vancouver Library Federation (predecessor to Public Library InterLINK) recognized the potential in pooling resources. They made a presentation to the then Public Library Services Branch: was there a way to run a summer reading program province-wide? The answer was ‘yes’ and the following year (International Literacy Year!), the Biggest, Greatest, Most Amazing Reading Club was launched throughout BC. Over the past 25 years, the BC SRC has evolved into a program that reaches more than 170,000 children and their families, throughout the province.
Each year, a BC artist is asked to realize the annual theme and, in so doing, inspire and invite children to visit their local library and participate in the BC SRC. We now have an entire generation of children who have grown up in the BC Summer Reading Club!
To view images of past Summer Readings Clubs, please see our Archive. You may also wish to purchase one of our beautiful Notebooks, featuring a selection of BC SRC artwork. Proceeds go to support the BC Library Association.