After her first day of school in her new country, young protagonist Asha realizes that there exist many more similarities than differences between cultures
The theme for 2019: Imagine the Possibilities!
Registration for this year’s Summer Reading Club opens June 10. Please register at the Children’s Information Desk, pick up your Summer Reading Club reading record and start reading! Summer Reading Club is for children in kindergarten to grade 5.
Read each day for 50 days! There will be weekly draws for prizes.
Read To Me
Read To Me is for kids aged 5 and younger. Read with someone special over the summer and receive a book when you complete the program. Sign up at the children’s information desk on the first floor, and pick up your reading record. Registration for Read To Me opens June 10.
Summer Reading Club wraps up on Saturday, September 7, with a medal presentation ceremony
Summer Reading Book Suggestions:
Hamsters don’t fight fires! By Andrew Root
My kite is stuck! and other stories by Salina Yoon
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds
The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
Isadora Moon Goes to School, by Harriet Muncaster
Gumazing Gum Girl! Popped Star, by Rhode Montijo.
The Amazing Crafty Cat, by Charise Mericle Harper
CatStronauts: Robot Rescue, by Drew Brockington
The slime Book: more than 30 amazing recipes: all you need to know to make the perfect slime by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
The Bad Guys in Alien vs Bad Guys, by Aaron Blabey
Gordon: Bark to the Future!, By Ashley Spires (on order)
Remy Sneakers vs. the Robo-rats by Kevin Sherry
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
The Explorer, by Katherine Rundell
Karma Khullar’s mustache, by Kristi Wientge
The Witch Boy, by Molly Ostertag
Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate
Invisible Emmie, by Terri Libenson
Lights, Camera, Cook!, by Charise Mericel Harper
Refugee, by Alan Gratz
Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, by Monique Gray Smith
All’s Faire in Middle School, by Victoria Jamieson
Big Blue forever: the story of Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton, by Anita Miettunen
It’s Canadian Library Month. A month to celebrate what libraries mean to you and the rest of us in Canada. The Canadian Library Association invites you to share your story with the rest of Canada in form of a short video, or a written story in English or French, on how a library has impacted you. Submissions can be made online. Here’s my story:
I grew up in a small, farming community called Warner, Alberta. The current population sits at just under 400 people. Set in the middle of canola, wheat and hay fields, among the cattle ranches, this village offered ample time for the imagination to reach as far and wide as the prairie sky. As a child, I got to know every nook and cranny of this village through my daily adventures. As I got older and bigger, the town got smaller. I needed more. Thankfully, we had a library.
The library operated on a part-time basis. When it was open, I would gather my books to return to exchange for new ones. What a treat it was to be the first to check out the newest book that came in. The status and power awarded to the first borrower was akin to being ‘Queen of the Castle’ on the playground that day. I would relish it; knowing I was the first to read what was contained within the pages of that book. It was hard not to spoil it for others. Of course, this was a seldom occurrence – we all had a sixth sense as to when the next book would arrive and competed accordingly.
My favourite thing about the library was that it opened up a world beyond Warner. I read about cities larger than Lethbridge. I learned of countries outside of Canada. I discovered cultures that were foreign to me. I thumbed through pages of the encyclopedia and learned things I wouldn’t have even imagined learning. This small room contained the world.
Later, as I moved throughout Canada, I would discover that libraries have much more to offer. Imagine to my child’s eyes, the discovery of:
- Read along programs
- Parent and tot programs
- Employment programs
- Language programs
- Speakers series
- Community engagement events
It’s astounding how far, for me, libraries have come: from a place of books and self-discovery, to a place of that plus community, interactions, philosophy and dialogue. And now, for you as a new resident to BC, I see libraries are a first contact point in your new community, a place to get your bearings, a welcome place. Libraries are unbiased, thought provoking and growth invoking.
It’s Canadian Library Month. How have libraries inspired me or touched my life? They’ve made me more open. They’ve helped me grow into a better human being. They’ve made me more welcoming, more understanding and more worldly. How has a library touched your life? Leave your response in the comments. Submit your story online.