Local library to keep students reading all summer long

In hopes of keeping local kids reading throughout the summer break from school, the local library has reinstated its Summer Reading Club.

Just because school is no longer in session doesn’t mean kids should stop reading.

In hopes of keeping local kids reading throughout the summer break from school, the local library has reinstated its Summer Reading Club.

“So far we have 29 regular readers and 15 read to me, which is not bad because the official startup was this week,” Lake Cowichan branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library librarian Diana Hutton said.

The Summer Reading Club has kids reading books of their own choosing, which they record into a reading log.

Read to me participants have their parents log how many reading sessions they’re read to.

There’s no cut off date for kids to sign up, though the sooner the better, as they’re entered into a weekly draw for book prizes.

“They can do it when they’re camping, or at the lake, and it keeps the kids reading,” Hutton said, of the Summer Reading Club.

In addition to reading, a poster contest with a theme of “My favourite book and sack combo is…” will be ongoing throughout the summer.

A wrap-up party has been scheduled for Saturday, September 10, at 11 a.m.

The event will consist of a puppet show, refreshments, medals, and prizes.

Before then, a couple of events have been scheduled for the summer, as well.

On Friday, July 22, a hands-on craft evening of fun involving food will take place, named Food Stamps, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register at the library by calling 250-749-3431.

On Wednesday, August 17, pirate enthusiast Captain Thunderpants will visit the library, during which time a pirate picnic will also take place.