Library promotes funny business with reading club

Summer Reading Club invites kids to read more this summer, or be read to, for the chance to win prizes and earn stickers and a medal

There is no need for kids to be bored this summer, as there will be a lot of funny business going on at the Vernon library for kids aged five to 12.

Registration in the Okanagan Regional Library Summer Reading Club includes a reading log, chances to win prizes, special events including magician Leif David, and great programs in the library to help your kids enjoy the world of reading. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club is “Funny Business,” and branch librarians have developed a summer full of opportunities for your kids to laugh out loud.

“Whether or not families choose to attend events they will be able to fill out a reading log to earn stickers and a medal,” said Stephanie Vollick, youth services librarian at the Vernon library. “Summer Reading Club motivates kids to read — or be read to — regularly, so it helps to maintain or improve reading skills while school is out.

“It makes reading fun by inviting kids to read what they want. Registration is required, but it’s free thanks to the Friends of the Library.”

Travelling around a bit this summer? Kids are welcome to drop in at any branch to take out books, get stickers on their reading logs and participate in the special events.

All summer events take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Although all events are free, registration is required, with tickets available two Saturdays before each event. They can be picked up on a first come, first served basis at the downstairs information desk in the library.

The fun begins July 2 with a launch party, where kids can pick up their reading records, see the Jugglers and enjoy a laugh.

July 3 and 4, Gecko Cannot Sleep: story and a craft (for kids age eight to 12).

July 8, The Pigeon Party: a black light show and a craft (for ages five to seven).

July 9, Trixie the Clown: music, skits and storytelling (for kids age five to seven).

July 10 and 11, That’s Gross: story, science and trivia (for kids age eight to 12).

July 15 and 16, Tales With a Twist: storytelling and a puppet show (for ages five to seven).

July 18, more Tales With a Twist: storytelling and writing lesson (ages eight to 12).

July 22, Uncle Chris The Clown: professional clown performs a comedy/magic show with balloon animals (for ages five to seven). As this is a special event, there will be a repeat performance at 12:15 p.m.

July 23, Jeremy’s Stories: stories and a craft (for kids age five to seven).

July 29 and 30, Mixed Beasts: flannel story, puppetry and a craft (ages five to seven).

July 31 and Aug. 1, Pun & Games: fun with words — audience participation! (ages eight to 12).

Register by phone at 250-542-7610, ext. 6829, by e-mail at or drop into 2800-30th Ave.