It’s time for Fraser Valley readers to crack open a book and crack the case.
The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) Summer Reading Club starts on June 21 and folks of all ages can sign up to join the club.
This year’s theme is ‘Crack the Case’ and as usual, it’s open to four age groups – ‘Read To Me’ (ages 0 to preschool), kids (Kindergarten to Grade 6), teens (Grades 7 to 12) and adults – and everyone has a chance to earn prizes.
New this year is the platform on which the reader tracking takes place. FVRL is using Beanstack, which can be used as an app or on the FVRL website.
“It’s designed to be easy-to-use,” said Katie Burns, community librarian at the Chilliwack Library.
When folks sign up, they can add each member of their family and their respective age group. People can choose to track their reading by minutes, days or pages read.
Read for 15 minutes a day and you can log your reading. Read for seven days and you get entered in a draw to win weekly prizes (and a grand prize). Unlike last year, the seven days do not need to be consecutive.
“Reading, especially right now, is important for kids of all ages because there’s so much going on in the world,” Burns said. “Reading is a really great way to remember there’s more going on and there are good things to look forward to and enjoy.”
The Summer Reading Club helps “close that gap to make sure kids are continuing to read” during the hot summer months, she added.
Burns reminds parents to let their kids decide what they want to read, and encourages parents not to “poo-poo” what their kids might choose to read like graphic novels and comic books.
“Those are great gateways to creating a strong, enthusiastic reader. It’s a great place to start,” she said. “A lot of kids that enjoy comics and graphic novels go on to become really avid readers.”
The important thing is that they’re reading, Burns said. And the more kids (and adults) read, the more chances they have to win prizes.
“This is a great opportunity to take a bit of a mental break, immerse yourself in other worlds and have a bit of fun while you do it.”
The FVRL Summer Reading Club officially begins on Monday, June 21, but folks can sign up now at fvrl.bc.ca/summer_reading_clubs.php
NOTE: Some FVRL branches (like Chilliwack) will be holding local draws where people can come into the branch each week and answer a reading related question.