June 29 to August 15

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and challenge yourself with new books and activities.

We understand that access to food security and affordability is not universal. For a list of local, provincial and federal food security programs visit foodatlas.ca

Share photos of you completing your challenges or your amazing food or garden creations, feel free to send them to info@virl.bc.ca

ASRC 2020 Handout

How It Works

  1. Download and print the handout, or just view the tasks on the webpage.
  2. Submit your challenges by email at info@virl.bc.ca or 1-877-415-8475. When you contact us please include your name, a way to contact you, your branch and what challenges you’re submitting. You can contact us, after each challenge you complete, or when you are finished multiple challenges.
  3. Each challenge will enter you in a draw for a chance to win a prize at the end of the program.

If I don’t have access to a printer, or my internet access is unstable?

  1. Contact us at 1-877-415-8475. We can mail you a paper copy of the challenges.
  2. Submit your challenges by phone, at 1-877-415-8475. When you contact us please include your name, a way to contact you, your branch and what challenges you’re submitting. You can call us, after each challenge you complete, or call us when you are finished multiple challenges.
  3. Each challenge will enter you in a draw for a chance to win a prize at the end of the program.

We understand that life is uncertain, and you may be trying a book, or format, that is new to you. If you start a challenge, but are unable, or chose not to finish it you are still eligible for an entry slip.

Online books

While accessing print books might pose an extra challenge right now, we encourage you to check out our eBook and eAudiobook collection. OverDrive/Libby, TumbleBooks and RBdigital are all great resources available to you for free through the library!

We have created a special reading list on OverDrive Libby, feel free to check it out.

What are the Challenges?

  1. Read a mystery novel with an item of food in the title
  2. Read a book with a picture of food on the cover
  3. Try a recipe from a new cookbook. Share a photo on social media and tag us!
  4. Create a recipe inspired by your most recent read
  5. Read a book about your favourite food
  6. Read a Canadian book about gardening
  7. Plant a vegetable, fruit, or herb at home
  8. Design your dream garden. Would it include more flowers or more edible plants?
  9. Name three species of local plants that you’ve seen growing in your neighbourhood, yes this can include weeds
  10. Read a book with the name of a flower in the title
  11. Create your own cookbook: collect 3-5 different recipes from friends, family or online that you have enjoyed in the past. Record them in one place, by hand or electronically, so you can find them again easily
  12. Create a gardening log: Keep a record for one or more plants in your garden, or plants you have seen in your neighbourhood. You can record the weather, how the plant changes, the various names of the plant? Does this recorded information help you see patterns or changes you missed before?
  13. Take a Food + Home course on CreativeBug, our new craft and DIY online database
  14. Research the origin of your favourite spice. What country did it originally come from? How is it produce, or refined for consumption?
  15. Make a dish with at least one fresh local ingredient.
  16. Submit a poem about food or gardening and how it has impacted your isolation experience to the Alone but not Alone Poetry Anthology collection. Check out how to submit your poem here. Please submit your poem in word format to CC@virl.bc.ca by September 28th 2020