Crack the Case!

The Summer Reading Club is happening online and in print and you can participate online, in print or both. We have all kinds of fun online summer reading activities planned!

Welcome Young Detectives! Kids of all ages can join the Club to earn stickers, virtual badges and a Super Reader Medal by reading this summer! It is free to join, and even younger kids can join and listen to stories.

 

How it works

  1. Get your Summer Reading Club materials! This summer, to register, visit us at any of our 10 locations. You will receive a reading log to track your reading, collectable stickers as rewards, a temporary tattoo, and a colourful bookmark. You can also request Club materials for close family and friends!
  2. Read all summer long and set personal reading goals! We recommend at least 15 minutes a day for 49 days.
  3. Online Programs: check our Events Calendar every week for fun new programs. There will be live online registered programs, cool new activity videos, and self-directed at-home activities. The BC SRC website also has great weekly activities for younger and older kids between June 28 and August 9.
  4. Earn a Medal! Beginning in August, after finishing your reading goal, visit your branch to pick up your medal and enter in our Summer Reading Club Grand Prize Contest.
  5. Register online (optional): Likely starting on June 14 visit the BC SRC website and your adult can help you register. Set your reading goal, and earn virtual badges. Unable to register online?  Don’t worry. Go straight to step 2.

 

What you can read

You can read books, comics, magazines or listen to stories or audiobooks. Download the free Libby app by OverDrive to borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and even electronic Picturebooks.

We also love recommending great books! Contact us for reading suggestions or pick from some of our suggestions below.

The Benefits of Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club helps children succeed

Summer Reading Club is a way for children of all ages to stay connected during the summer school break. This annual program at public libraries across BC is highly anticipated by children and families. By accessing these free programs, activities and resources, children can:

Grow literacy skills
Research shows children who participate in Summer Reading Club make significant gains in
reading comprehension.¹

Increase reading levels
Summer Reading Club helps children raise their reading levels by the time they return to school. This is especially the case for at-risk children.²

Enjoy reading and prevent 'summer brain drain'
Children enjoy reading more with Summer Reading Club, and research has shown this means they are less likely to experience ‘summer learning loss.’ ³

Better prepare for the new school year
Children who participate in Summer Reading Club begin the new school year with a positive attitude about reading and are more confident in the classroom.

These are only a few ways children benefit from Summer Reading Club at their local library, and research shows the benefits are even greater for English language learners and children at risk.

Supporting BC's new curriculum
In addition to fostering a love for reading, Summer Reading Club supports and complements the core competencies in BC’s new curriculum. By providing space and time, children can develop their skills and explore their passions and interests. Children can also experience language and story as a source of creativity and joy. When children tap into their curiosity, this wonder can lead them to new discoveries about themselves and the world.

Sources

1. Impact of library-based summer reading clubs on primary-grade children’s literacy activities and achievement (Jaclyn Dynia et al); October 2015 issue of The Library Quarterly.
2. Mid-Continent public library proves summer reading programs boost student achievement (Lauren Barack); February 2014 issue of School Library Journal.
3. Literature review on the impact of summer reading clubs (Gos Gilroy Inc.); March 2006 report for Library and Archives Canada.
4. Summer reading programs boost student achievement, study says (Carole Fiore et al); November 2010 issue of School Library Journal.

Summer Reading Club Grand Prize Contest

1) ENTRY PERIOD

  • The contest begins at 9am on August 2, 2021 and ends on September 8, 2021 at 8pm.

2) ELIGIBILITY

  • You must be a Surrey Libraries cardholder to enter. 
  • Only children who complete their Summer Reading Club reading goal and who receive a medal are eligible to enter the contest.
  • You must receive the consent of your parent or guardian to claim a prize if you are under the age of 14.
  • Winners must answer a skill-testing question to claim a prize.
  • Surrey Libraries and City of Surrey employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.

3) HOW TO ENTER

  • Upon completing their Summer Reading Club reading goal and receiving a medal, children will be given a draw slip for the Grand Prize.  Children fill in the requested information on the draw slip. The slip is put in the draw box with other entries.
  • One entry per child.
  • All entries must be received by 8 pm on September 8, 2021.

4) PRIZES

  • There is one, $100 LEGO Gift Card prize awarded for entries received at:
    • City Centre branch
    • Clayton branch
    • Cloverdale branch
    • Guildford branch
    • Fleetwood and Port Kells branches
    • Newton branch
    • Ocean Park branch
    • Semiahmoo branch
    • Strawberry Hill branch

for a total of 9 prizes.

  • There is one Grand Prize of a Dash robot valued at $130 for entries received from all Surrey Libraries branches. $100 Gift Card prize winner are not eligible for the Grand Prize.

5) WINNERS AND ODDS

  • The winning entries will be drawn randomly.
  • Winners will be notified by the phone number they provided when they entered the contest by Septmeber 17, 2021.
  • The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries submitted.

5) TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • By participating, you agree to
    • abide by the Official Rules and the decisions of Surrey Libraries which shall be final in all respects; 
    • release, discharge and hold harmless the City of Surrey from all liability, claims or damages, arising out of your participation in the Contest and the acceptance, use or misuse of a prize;
    • Agree to give Surrey Libraries the right to publicize your name in any advertising, promotions, or publications.
  • Surrey Libraries reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest and cancel or refuse any entry or any individual winning the contest.

6) PRIVACY

  • The City of Surrey and Surrey Libraries adheres to both federal and provincial privacy legislation.  Surrey Libraries is authorized to collect personal information under the authority of the Library Act and section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Personal information is collected for the purposes of contacting prize winners. For questions regarding the collection of personal information, please contact the Director of Administrative Services, 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC, V3T 4B8; 604-598-7303.
  • Any personal information collected during this Contest will not be shared with third parties.