A Summer of Reading Adventures for Everyone at VIRL

June 14, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018, Vancouver Island, BC: This summer’s all about getting out, being active, and hitting the books. From infants to adults, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has a summer club for everyone this year.

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, Motion Commotion, is tailor-made for kids on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Central Coast. With endless opportunities to play and explore and libraries that offer books and resources for every interest, this is the perfect summer for kids to embark on reading adventures where ever they live.

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 flying disc. 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 the RBC Foundation. In 2017, over 6,200 children at VIRL participated in SRC.

SRC 2018 starts on Tuesday, July 3 and runs until Tuesday, August 21. Registration begins June 15 and is free at the library, or online at virl.bc.ca/kids/summer-reading-club.

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: Newest Apple iPad
  • Zone Prize: $50 Chapters Gift Card
  • Weekly Book Prizes
  • Cool tech prizes

Teen Summer Challenge Task Booklets will be available for pick up at all VIRL branches starting Tuesday, July 3. The challenge runs from Tuesday, July 3 until Tuesday, August 21.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Adults can also get in on the summer reading fun again this year! They’re invited to take a trip around the world with titles, songs and movies from every continent during the Adult Summer Reading Challenge (ASRC)

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

Adults who participate have a chance at some great prizes:

Grand Prize: Kobo Aura One eReader
Gift certificates to local businesses

The ASRC runs Tuesday, July 3 until Tuesday, August 21.


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