Parents and Caregiversbcsrc2021-07-06T14:45:21+00:00
Welcome to BC Summer Reading Club 2021!
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 new BC Summer Reading Club website! 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.
This year’s BC Summer Reading Club is the mystery-themed Crack the Case! featuring artwork by Vancouver based illustrator and cartoonist Zoe Si.
Here are some key pieces of information that you need to know to help support your child’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 and select libraries in Nunavut. And together, we are all trying to Crack the Case!
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 they’re 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 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, including accounts, were cleared.
* = a reading goal can be defined however one chooses such as reading for at least 15 minutes a day. “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 weekly activities
Starting June 29th until August 9th, bcsrc.ca will release new weekly activities including activity videos, quizzes, contests, and more.
We are also excited to announce that we are partnering with Green Thumb Theatre, a world renowned BC theatre group, for a mystery playwriting contest. More details can be found here.
STEP 4: Follow and share how your family participates in BC SRC
Follow BC SRC on Instagram (@bcsummerreadingclub) and use the hashtag #BCSRC2021 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 June 28th.
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.
We’ll be giving away prizes throughout the summer for activities and children can earn a completion prize or medal from their local libraries. It’s best to see how your libraries are celebrating the end of SRC.
Find out what is happening at your local library here: