A summer of reading adventures for everyone at VIRL

June 19, 2019

Vancouver Island, BC: Summer’s here and that means libraries across the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) system are coming alive with reading clubs and challenges for readers of every age!

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club (SRC) is an annual system-wide initiative that encourages children, aged 0 – 12, to visit their local library to help build and maintain their reading skills during the summer months.

This year’s SRC theme, Imagine the Possibilities, invites kids aged 0 – 12 to let their minds run wild as they read all summer long.

Registration opened on June 18 online and at the library. SRC 2019 starts on Tuesday, July 2 and runs until Tuesday, August 20.

When they register for SRC, each reader receives an SRC registration package, which includes an information sheet, a reading record, a bookmark, a tattoo, stickers, and a Tales Book Muncher. Every time a reader fills in seven lines of their reading record, they can enter their name into a weekly prize draw. Readers who finish their reading record are eligible to receive a special Summer Reading Club medal.

SRC is a province-wide summer reading club sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) and local public libraries, with support from the Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education, and CUPE BC. In 2018, over 6,000 children at VIRL participated in SRC.

Teen Summer Challenge

The Teen Summer Challenge is back! Teens aged 12 – 18 can connect with VIRL in fun and engaging ways in this system-wide program that encourages teens to critically think through a series of tasks while learning new skills, reading, and experimenting.
Teens who participate in the Summer Challenge have an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes:

  • Grand Prize: Skullcandy Earbuds
  • Chapters Gift Cards
  • Book Prizes

Teen Summer Challenge Task Booklets will be available for pick up at all VIRL branches or on the Teen page of the website, starting Tuesday, July 2. The challenge runs from Tuesday, July 2 until Tuesday, August 20.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Adults can also get in on the summer reading fun again this year with the tic-tac-toe-themed Adult Summer Reading Challenge (ASRC).

To get involved, visit any VIRL branch to pick up the reading package, Media Release which includes instructions, challenges to complete, and everything else participants will need.

The ASRC runs Tuesday, July 2 until Tuesday, August 20.


For more information
David Carson
Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651