Information for Parents and Caregiversbcsrc2023-06-26T20:14:00+00:00
Welcome to BC Summer Reading Club 2023!
If this is your child’s first time joining the program, or maybe you’ve done this for a number of years, we’d like to welcome you to the BC Summer Reading Club website! BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program designed to engage 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.
This year’s BC Summer Reading Club time travel-based theme is called Journey Through Time! It features artwork by Richmond-based illustrator and artist Jeni Chen.
Here are some key pieces of information that you need to know to help support your child(ren)’s BC SRC experience this summer:
STEP 1: Connect with your local library
See what’s happening within your community by checking in with your local library. The BC Summer Reading Club happens all across libraries in the province, as well as in Yellowknife, Yukon, and select libraries in Nunavut.
Every library runs the program a little differently to best suit the needs of their communities, so it’s always best to start there. See if your library is running programs, contests, and other activities throughout the summer. Your local library should be giving out print reading records, stickers, and bookmarks for the program.
Find out what’s happening at your local library using the menu on the right side.
STEP 2: Sign Up for the Online Reading Tracker App
Since 2020, BC Summer Reading Club offers an Online Reading Tracker app (available starting June 19, 2023) where participants can track their reading goals throughout the summer. For every day that they meet their reading goal* they earn a themed digital badge. After reading for 49 days** throughout the summer, participants are encouraged to check in with their local libraries to see how they’re celebrating.
Please note that a parent or caregiver must sign up first and create their child’s account before your child can use the online tracker.
To protect everyone’s privacy, all data from last year, including accounts, were cleared.
* = a reading goal can be defined however one chooses such as reading for at least 15 minutes a day or 45 minutes a day, whatever is a challenge for them. “Reading” is defined include all methods of literacy such as listening to an audiobook or an oral story.
** = 49 days (7 weeks) is the day most libraries use to define completion. The 49 days of reading do not need to be consecutive.
STEP 3: Check out our online activities
Starting July 3rd until August 14th, bcsrc.ca will release new weekly activities including quizzes, contests, and more.
STEP 4: Follow and share how your family participates in BC SRC
Follow BC SRC on Instagram (@bcsummerreadingclub) and use the hashtag #BCSRC2023 or #BCSRC to share the different ways that your child and family participates in the BC Summer Reading Club.
You can also share your child’s BC SRC activities starting July 3rd.
STEP 5: Continue to encourage and support your child
Throughout the summer, encourage your child’s reading goals by checking in and seeing how they’ve been doing and ask what they’ve been reading. Participate in SRC activities together at home together as a a whole family. There’s lots of ways to adapt the activities to include everyone.
Most local libraries will be awarding children with an official BC SRC medal and/or other prizes. It’s best to see how your libraries are celebrating the end of SRC.
(Optional) Step 6: Accessible Reading Materials
Does your child have a print disability and need some help finding accessible reading materials?
Connect with your local library to ask about their eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.
You can also connect with the following organizations for more materials and resources: