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Join the library summer reading club
Summer vacation is almost here, and it’s a time when school-aged children can fall victim to the dreaded “summer slide” by losing part of the literacy skills they’ve learned over the year.
The Okanagan Regional Library branches are ready to help combat this trend in a couple of ways— customized booklists and the annual Summer Reading Club (SRC).
The SRC is a tradition throughout libraries in B.C., reaching over 85,000 students, and made possible thanks to sponsorship from the B.C. Library Association and the B.C. Ministry of Education, and with help from local Friends of the Library groups.
This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is “Strange…but True?”, encouraging students to explore myths, monsters, and mysteries of science. Each of the ORL’s 29 branches will be holding a multitude of special activities, events, and contests. Registration is free; visit the webpage of your local branch at www.orl.bc.ca/branches to find out about their events and registration dates.
Summer is also a time when school-aged children have an opportunity to read whatever they want for fun and entertainment. Series like “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” have sparked a whole new generation of readers, but these popular titles are only the tip of the literary iceberg for kids.
ORL librarians are ready to help them discover new reads by creating customized booklists for children. Simply visit www.orl.bc.ca/kids/booklist , fill in information about interests and favourite reads, and within a week, a customized booklist will be sent with five suggested titles to read over the summer.