Just because the doors to the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) branches are still closed doesn’t mean the annual Summer Reading Club has been cancelled.
“The Summer Reading Club looks different this year,” said Katie Burns, community librarian with the Chilliwack Library.
Due to COVID-19, it’ll all be done online and run through the FVRL’s administration centre as a system-wide program instead of through each individual branch.
Starting Friday, June 12, readers can register online and begin tracking their reading. They will also be able to download a printable version of their reading record.
When you read for 15 minutes or more a day, mark it down in your reading record and at the end of seven days you can enter your name into an online contest.
Even people who read stories to their children, that counts toward their daily reading.
The age groups are: ‘Read To Me’ (0 to preschool), kids (Grades K to 6), teens (Grades 7 to 12), and adults.
As with previous Summer Reading Clubs, there will be weekly draws plus medals (for kids) handed out at the end of the summer. They don’t know yet if there will be an official medal ceremony yet or not, Burns said.
There will be no lack of entertainment this year either. The lineup of virtual entertainers includes: Norden the Magician, Puppets with Elspeth, Panagaea Arts, and Music with Marnie.
With the current state of the libraries, the FVRL is doing what it can to make books and library items as accessible as possible, Burns added.
Late fees were suspended when the branches closed in mid-March and even though folks can now check out books through the new FVRL Express – Click, Pick, Go system, there are still no fees being issued.
Additionally, people can now check out twice as many books as before. The maximum number of items one can borrow is 120, up from 60.
To sign up for the Summer Reading Club, go to fvrl.bc.ca/summer_reading_clubs.php.
Registration begins Friday, June 12 and continues throughout the summer.