Library provides youth with 2020 reading club

Dawson Creek reading clubs start today in the city, and online.

The Dawson Creek Public Library is taking a digital approach for this year’s summer reading club, encouraging kids to sign up for the BC Library Association’s virtual club.

The theme this summer is “Explore Our Universe” with space inspired activities for youth to follow along with.

Dawson Creek will also host their club starting July 7, confirmed head librarian Pam Morris, with kids age 14 and under welcome to stop by the library Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 12pm to 3pm.

Due to COVID-19 measures, the library will not be holding any special events. Despite the setback, Morris says the club is an invaluable tool for keeping literacy skills strong.

“We hear from teachers all the time that they know which kids have joined the summer reading club in the fall, they can tell who’s been reading all summer and who hasn’t,” said Morris.

The club has always been well attended, with 600 kids registering last year.

A tent will be set up outside for youth to visit, with goodie bags each week. Participants get a reading journal at the start of the summer to keep track of their books.
“They can come  and get a little booklet like they always do, and what they’ll do is pick up a new bag each week. They can come once a week and pick up a new bag, and it’s going to contain an activity or a craft,” said Morris.

Two grand prizes are planned for the summer, one for older readers and one for younger readers, says Morris, with Willy Wonka style golden tickets being placed in the activity bags.

The library is open for business as of Tuesday, and will be limited to ten patrons at a time. Parents can register their kids for the digital reading club at https://www.bcsrc.ca
 

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with files by Tom Summer

 

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