Summer is almost here, and so is the free, provincewide Summer Reading Club, this year called "Strange - But True?"
Children three to 11 can pick up a booklet starting June 18 and earn stickers and small prizes on the way to a Summer Reading Club medal. Keeping track of daily reading is easy with the calendar attached to the booklet.
Mark your own calendar for the official kick-off party on Wednesday, June 20 at 3: 30 p.m. when the Purple Pirate will entertain. Enjoy the performance, join the Summer Reading Club, and make something wacky.
There will be free drop-in programs throughout the summer for all ages: Summer Fun Days for children four to 11 on Tuesdays from July 3 with stories, crafts, music and special guests; Story times for two-to six-year-olds on Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting July 4 and 5; and Baby time on Fridays from July 8.
French Story time runs on Thursdays, starting Aug. 2 for those aged four to eight.
Register for Creative Tweens Do Summer on four Thursdays from July 5; sign up after June 18 for these special craft events.
Teens can also join a summer reading club. "Feed the Hunger" starts June 11 for those 12 to 18 - read, write reviews and win prizes.
Teens can also take the Hunger Games Challenge for more prize chances.
Make the most of less hectic schedules and slow the "summer skills slide." Encourage your children to join the Summer Reading Club, and bring them to the library to choose their own books and to enjoy the many programs.
The Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the New Westminster Public Library board, the British Columbia Library Association and the Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education.
Strange - But True?
Yes - children who read through the summer do better in school in September, and the library rarely takes a holiday.
For more information, phone the children's department at 604-527-4677 or check our website at www.nwpl.ca. email@example.com