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BC Summer Reading Club, contests help build youth literacy at Richmond libraries

Richmond library's One Book, Four Cities returns with new virtual events
Daughter and Father reading together
A father and daughter reading together.

Richmond youth can once again register for the BC Summer Reading Club (BC SRC) starting June 15.

Every year, the Richmond Public Library and other public libraries across the province offer the BC SRC, a free literacy program, for children ages five to 14.

Youth are challenged to track their weekly reading progress to build their confidence in reading while having fun and even win a medal or prizes.

This year’s theme for the program is “Crack the Case” and RPL is offering new programs where youth can “explore the wilderness” with the library and Parks Canada, or learn about the science of candy with RPL and scientists in schools.

“Reading regularly as part of a library reading club builds literacy skills and creates opportunities to learn and connect with others,” said Jordan Oye, Richmond Public Library board chair.

“We hope to inspire readers of all ages to come and see what summer reading at RPL has in store for you.”

The library’s annual artwork contest is also back, and youth are invited to design the artwork for next year’s Teen Summer Reading Club. During the summer, kids are encouraged to write and share book reviews about their favourite summer reads for a chance to win prizes too.

Meanwhile, RPL’s One Book, Four Cities program has a new book aiming to once again connect virtual readers together from B.C., Qingdao and Xiamen, China and Wakayama, Japan in an online forum.

This year’s program, in partnership with the City of Richmond’s Sister City Advisory Committee, will discuss the award-winning book “In the Skin of a Lion” by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje.

There will also be a virtual book club where conversations, trivia and a scavenger hunt contest for readers.

Like the previous years, community members can attend a virtual interview with the author which will take place on August 19.

For more information on the BC SRC, visit