Library reading programs offer kids summer fun in Tofino, Ukee

Summer vacation is almost here and your children are no doubt dreaming about fun times and adventures! But in order to keep your children’s reading skills sharp, it’s also a smart idea to include reading as a part of their summer fun.

Like all skills, a little practice goes a long way. Vancouver Island Regional Library invites kids aged 0-12 to laugh, giggle and chuckle their way to a branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library to join Summer Reading Club. We encourage children to read a little every day by providing: Fun tools, such as a colourful reading record, stickers, prizes and medals -and chances to win cool prizes-the more they read, the more chances to win.

Best of all, the Summer Reading Club is free.

This year you can register online starting June 14 at virl.bc.ca or drop by your local branch in Ucluelet or Tofino.

In remote areas, the program is available through our Books by Mail service. Please call 1-877-415-8475 for information.

Planning a family trip or vacation? Don’t forget that children can borrow from and return books to any of the 39 branches of Vancouver

Island Regional Library located on Vancouver Island (except Victoria), Haida Gwaii, and Bella Coola on the central mainland coast. We make it that easy for you!

In Tofino, there is a Kick-Off Party on Saturday, July 5, from 1-2 pm in the Tofino branch. Families can drop in anytime between 1 and 2 to enjoy a snack, make a craft, and register for Summer Reading Club. Then, on August 2, from 1-2pm in the Tofino branch, join us for a Funny People crafternoon. Transform into a jester, as we create a jester’s hat and cane. Ages 5 years and up. Space is limited for this program, so please visit or call the branch to register.

In Ucluelet, our Funny People craft is offered on August 2, from 10-11 am, at the Ucluelet branch. Transform into a jester, as we create a jester’s hat and cane. Ages 5 years and up. Space is limited for this program, so please visit or call the branch to register.

On August 20th, from 1-2pm, we’re hosting a wrap-up party at the Ucluelet branch to congratulate everyone who participated in Summer Reading Club. We’ll have snacks, activities, and medals will be given to children who completed their Reading Record.

Maggie Hodge Kwan is Customer Services Librarian for Children + Youth for Vancouver Island Regional Library