Summer reading club

The Vancouver Island Regional Library promoting literacy with summer reading clubs

 Summer vacation is fast approaching for school-aged children in Parksville and Qualicum Beach and the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is ready to ensure kids don’t lose their literacy skills during the break, with Savour Each Word 2011 Summer Reading Club.

“Research shows that students who don’t read a minimum of 10 books at their current reading level will actually regress over the summer and be further behind compared to where they were at the start of their summer vacation,” said Barbara Kerfoot, librarian.

 Kerfoot said the library offers three levels of summer reading programs. Summer Reading Club is for Kindergarten to Grade 7. Read to Me is for pre-schoolers and those who cannot yet read independently, while Teen Reading Club is an online club for readers 13 and up at

Savour Each Word is the overall theme for this year’s program, and each week will have a different theme featuring titles that will expose young readers to different genres. 

The Parksville and Qualicum Beach library branches will hold a multitude of special activities, events and contests to encourage young people to read over summer break. 

“We are really excited about our summer programming this year,” said Eileen Gillette, a librarian at Qualicum Beach Library. 

Sign up for free at your local Parksville and Qualicum Beach Library Branch.

For more information about Summer Reading Club check the website at or the online Summer Reading Club at

— Submitted by the Vancouver Island Regional Library


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