Pick up a book this summer for a chance to win

Summer reading program at Vancouver Island Library a fun time for kids and adults alike

Though the kids summer reading club started on July 4, there is still time to get involved.

“The goal is to get kids to read throughout the summer,” Emily Matthews, librarian, said.

For each week that kids read for 15 to 20 minutes a day, they get their name entered in a draw to win prizes. There are activities going on every week on Friday afternoons and a dance off dance party on Aug. 17, the last day of the program.

For kids who aren’t interested in reading, the library is also running a passport to summer fun which consists of challenges that get the kids to be creative and engage with the library and the community. Each completed challenge is a name in the draw.

There is also a similar program for teens, however, it can be done completely online. Teens can take photos or videos of themselves completing the challenge and submit it to the library on either Facebook, Instagram or via email.

So far this summer the library has around 300 kids signed up for the reading club. Last year they had the second most registrants on the Island, a number Matthews hopes to hit again this year.

There is also a summer reading challenge for adults, similar to the one for kids.