Library ready for summer reading
Summer vacation is fast approaching for school-aged children in the North Okanagan, and the Okanagan Regional Library is ready to ensure kids don’t lose their literacy skills during the break, with the Summer Reading Club.
Library branches will be holding a multitude of special activities, events, and contests to encourage young people to read over summer break.
The Summer Reading Club is a free service made possible thanks to sponsorship from the BC Library Association and the Ministry of Education, and with help from Friends of the Library groups. This year’s theme is “Savour Each Word.” Students can visit their local branch to receive a reading record and register for weekly activities.
In the North Okanagan, registration is required and begins in branches as follows: Vernon, June 21; Lumby, June 14; Cherryville, June 8; Armstrong, June 21; Enderby, June 18; Falkland, June 29.
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One of the most frequently asked questions at the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is “Can you recommend something good to read?” Now it will be easier for children and teens to discover good books through a new service offered on the website. Young people, or their parents, can fill out an online questionnaire about their likes, dislikes and reading preferences, and ORL children’s librarians will create a list of five recommended books to suit each child’s individual taste.
“We love matching people with books, and are very excited to offer this service online,” says Monica Gaucher, children’s librarian at the Vernon branch. “We hope this will encourage reading and literacy, and help young people discover new authors and books they might not have otherwise considered.”
The service is available at www.orl.bc.ca/branches.