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Trail summer reading club: ‘Where literacy and heritage meet’

Registration is required for some programs to ensure optimal participation and availability
Kids are already having fun in summer reading club, now underway at the Trail Riverfront Centre. See details, registration information, and more on the Trail and District Public Library’s website: Photo: Submitted

Right after Canada Day, the Trail and District Public Library and Trail Museum and Archives launched summer reading club, a series of free programs aimed at promoting literacy among children and teens while having fun.

This year’s theme, “A Journey Through Time,” allowed for the perfect partnership between the library and museum.

Staff is collaboratively offering a place for children to explore literature, history, and culture. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, curious young minds can immerse themselves in a world of literature and heritage through a variety of interactive activities.

“We are delighted to launch the BC Summer Reading Club in collaboration with the Trail Museum and Archives,” says Samantha Murphy, library director. “This summer’s programs are a testament to the commitment of both organizations by offering an exciting opportunity for young minds to enjoy literature and learn about Trail’s history and culture,” she adds.

”By joining forces, we seek to create an inclusive experience where literacy and heritage meet.”

In addition to regular programming, a special “Teen Time Warp” program will take place Friday afternoons, providing an exclusive space for teenagers to connect, engage, or just relax.

Registration is required for some programs to ensure optimal participation and availability.


Find detailed program descriptions, registration information, and more on the library website:

Programs are now underway, running Monday through Friday.

For the first time, the offering is available in three languages: English, French, and Urdu.

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BC Summer Reading Club gives children of all reading abilities the chance to participate in virtual and in-person activities offered through their local public library. It is designed to allow libraries from every part of the province to plan and deliver the program in the way that best meets the distinctive needs of their communities. Families can register readers aged five to 14 and find out about activities through the program’s website or by visiting their local library.

“Libraries were a big part of my childhood, and I want all kids in B.C. to have the opportunity to share in the joy and wonder of reading,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Our local libraries are among our greatest public assets, and the Summer Reading Club program is an incredible way for kids to connect with learning opportunities and adventure all summer long.”

The guiding theme, Journey Through Time, features artwork by Richmond-based illustrator, artist and picture-book author Jeni Chen.

Summer reading club encourages children to read daily and track their progress. From listening to a story, to reading a graphic novel, all forms of reading count. An online reading tracker lets children and families set and track summer reading goals. Participants can also enter contests to win prizes and earn digital badges. Many libraries also award a medal to those who reach their reading milestones.

“Parents and caregivers tell us how important it is to have a fun, free and inclusive program for all families, and the province’s support allows us to offer this valuable community literacy experience for kids throughout B.C.,” said Rina Hadziev, executive director, British Columbia Library Association. “Our theme this year is Journey Through Time, and features dinosaurs and robots, so we know it will be a lot of fun.”

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