Summer reading club certificates and medals were handed out to more than 60 participants at the Barriere Library this month, for reading, taking part in weekly scavenger hunts, colouring contests and take-home activities.
Tealya Lane, 2, was the grand prize winner for the 0-5 age group, while Corbin Summers, 7, took him the prize for the 6-12 age group.
“It just basically encourages children to stay on their continuum of reading,” said librarian Pam Rudd. “This year we did some online events and partnerships with some different groups and did the best we can.”
The BC Summer Reading Club is a free reading program for children ages five to 14, helping them to practice or improve reading skills over the summer, meet new friends and learn more about their community. Children receive a free reading record to keep track of their reading, with a weekly sticker to mark their accomplishments throughout the program, which ran from June to September.
The 0-5 contest challenge focused more on “read-to-me books.” Children had the option to have someone read 25 books to them, have someone read to them for 25 minutes or have 25 consecutive days of reading as a “fun challenge,” Rudd said. The older youth group was challenged to read 15 minutes every day.
At the end of summer, many libraries award a medal to children who complete the program. Teens and adults also competed, but library Rudd wasn’t sure if the prizes had been drawn yet.