The Book Drop: Creston library continuing Summer Reading Club tradition

Web Lead

Aaron Francis is the chief librarian at the Creston Valley Public Library.

What does summer mean for you? For me, summer is no socks, swimming in Kootenay Lake, reading and playing banjo under the maple tree, camping, going on road trips, making cherry wine, and just being happy to be alive and well in this beautiful valley!

Another summertime tradition for families in B.C. is Summer Reading Club at the library. Since 1990, the British Columbia Library Association and local public libraries have sponsored a provincial Summer Reading Club, which encourages summer reading and public library use by school-age children and families in B.C., encouraging them to do their very best and to set their own reading goals.

Here in Creston, we have been very fortunate for the past few years to receive grant funding from Canada Summer Jobs to hire a summer student to assist with summer programming. This year, our summer student is Alyssa Mynott, a third-year bachelor of elementary education student at the University of Victoria and Prince Charles Secondary School grad who recently completed a teaching practicum at Erickson Elementary School.

Teachers like Alyssa know that children who read over the summer do better in school. And according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), students’ enjoyment of reading is one of the most important individual characteristics that predict higher achievement throughout life.

In the Summer Reading Club, we emphasize self-directed reading for enjoyment and learning. We want to make reading fun. We combine exploration of books with theme-based activities, such as crafts, outdoor exploration, music, drama and more.

We offer a variety of ways to participate in Summer Reading Club. For families who stay in the area for the whole summer, we have weekly registration-required activities for children aged four to 12. On the other end of the spectrum, we offer a completely self-guided program for families who plan to spend the summer away (or just don’t want the commitment of weekly scheduled activities). And for those in between, we offer a variety of drop-in activities and special events that don’t require any registration.

Because all libraries in B.C. follow the same theme and similar program outline, you can take part in Summer Reading Club activities wherever you go. And, of, course, your Creston library card is good throughout the province. You can even drop off books you signed out at one library at any other library you happen to visit.

All registered participants in Summer Reading Club receive a reading record for recording your daily reading, a custom postcard, a bookmark, stickers and, upon completion, a highly collectible medal. We’ll have lots of other prizes for weekly activities, plus a return of the jellybean contest!

Did I mention that all of this is completely free?

Summer Reading Club 2016 will start July 11, with registration starting June 20. Questions? Send me an email (aaron@crestonlibrary.com) or drop by my office anytime.

Aaron Francis is the chief librarian at Creston Valley Public Library. He is currently reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt.

Just Posted

Increases in taxes, utilities lead to higher rents, businessman tells Creston Town Council

Local businessman and landlord Keith Goforth accused the Town of being unsupportive of business development.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion

I do not appreciate having someone’s opinion shoved in my face.

Let there be peace

Let us show respect and love

Holiday season means more impaired drivers are on the road

It was another slow week for Creston RCMP members, who responded to… Continue reading

Committee for an Affordable Fire Hall ready to get to work

The public will be invited to submit their written ideas for “the top ten ways to get an affordable fire hall.”

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

B.C. anti-hate campaigner finds Google search on his efforts redirects to porn

Text from online news article about Cran Campbell being used to link to suspect websites

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

Elkford Mayor, CAO visit Colombian town on mining mentorship

Pair travel south as part of Federal mining town liaison program

Most Read