The BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program designed to engage school-aged children, ages 5-14, with libraries and reading, throughout the summer. We strive to do so in a way that is fun, educational, inclusive and community-oriented.

Each year, the BC SRC commissions a BC artist to realize our annual theme. Most recently, we’ve had the privilege of working with artists Zoe Si, Bambi Edlund, Jami Gigot, Jeff Solway, Darlene Gait, Lee Edward Födi, Shayne Letain, and Jeremy Tankard. We work with a graphic designer and web designer to ensure high-quality, visually-appealing print materials and an interactive website (www.bcsrc.ca).

The program is designed to allow libraries from every part of the Province to plan and deliver the program in the way that best meets the distinctive needs of their communities. All children are invited to join the BC SRC by visiting their local library.

The BC SRC welcomes the participation of all children and their families, and seeks to provide an accessible and fully inclusive program.

The BC SRC is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and your local public library with the generous assistance of Public Libraries Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, and CUPE BC.

History of the BC SRC

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 173,000 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.