Librarian Nathalie Jones shows some of the promotional materials for this year’s Vancouver Island Regional Library Summer Reading Club. Registration for the club began June 18. The program starts July 2. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke library kicks off summer reading program

Reading clubs and challenges for readers of every age

The Sooke library is booked solid this summer.

Registration opened June 18 for the annual Vancouver Island Regional Library Summer Reading Club.

The club encourages students to participate in the library while they take time off school in an effort to build and maintain reading skills during the summer months.

So far, there’s been a big increase in registration for this summer’s reading club, said Nathalie Jones, a librarian at the Sooke branch.

“I think the fact we’ve had more children’s programs in the past year that there’s more a a recognition of our summer reading club,” she said.

“I’m hoping it will be a really great success.”

This year’s Summer Reading Club theme, Imagine the Possibilities, is for children up to age 12.

When they register for the club, each reader receives a registration package, which includes an information sheet, a reading record, a bookmark, a tattoo, stickers, and a Tales Book Muncher.

Readers who finish their reading record receive a special Summer Reading Club medal.

Teenagers and adults will also be part of the library’s summer reading program.

The Teen Summer Challenge connects older students to critically think through a series of tasks while learning new skills, reading, and experimenting.

Teens who participate in the challenge have an opportunity to win prizes, from Skullcandy earbuds to book prizes.

Teen Summer Challenge task booklets are available for pick up at all VIRL branches or on the Teen page of the website, starting July 2.

Adults can also get in on the summer reading fun again this year with the tic-tac-toe-themed Adult Summer Reading Challenge.

To get involved, visit any VIRL branch to pick up the reading package, which includes instructions, challenges to complete, and everything else participants will need.

All three programs run from July 2 to Aug. 20.

More information can be found in the Sooke library or online at

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