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New TNRL pilot program in Kamloops and Clearwater aims to engage children in summer daycare

The TNRL says they want to ensure kids in summer daycare can take part in the Summer Reading Club.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club (SRC) is “Crack the Case.” The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library (TNRL) is looking forward to sharing some exciting mystery-themed activities. Babies, children, teens, adults – there is a summer reading club for everyone!

Registration for all clubs opens at 10:00 am on June 7 at all TNRL branches or through Reading records can be picked up from any library branch or can be printed at home from the library website. The goal of SRC is to encourage a love of reading and ensure that everyone can meet their reading goals. Any reading done between June 28 to Aug. 21 can be counted as part of SRC.

Teens should take note that if they register between June 7 to June 28, they will be entered into an additional prize draw.

“Teens are a traditionally underserved population in libraries and our goal this year is to change that,” said Joey da Costa, coordinator of digital literacy and teen services, in a TNRL press release. “We hope that getting the word out more broadly and encouraging teens with this registration contest will help us engage more teens this summer.”

This year, the library is piloting a new group SRC program in Kamloops and Clearwater to help engage children who are in childcare centres. Participating groups will be able to log their reading as a group and earn entries towards prize draws at the end of the summer, which will include books, literacy tools and educational toys for the centre.

“We are very excited to test this idea as we know that many children spend their summers in childcare. We want to ensure all children in our region have the opportunity to participate in the activities and literacy of Summer Reading Club!” said Meg Ross, coordinator of children and youth services, in the press release.

All ages should be sure to follow the library’s blog this summer, as activities and book recommendations for all ages will be posted on an almost-daily basis. Offline versions will be available by request through the Library Takeout.

For more information and updates check out or contact the SRC team at

The TNRL gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the Province of British Columbia, through Libraries Branch, and of CUPE BC in making the BC Summer Reading Club possible. The Library also appreciates the support of the Canada Summer Jobs program, which enables the library to hire summer program assistants.

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