The Prince George Public Library has been active with kids of all ages during its summer reading club, with up to 225 people participating in free events.
Regardless of these numbers, summer program coordinator Ruth Buehler said they could have a lot more kids come in, even though this year’s turnout has been “as good and better” than previous years.
Activities have been going on at both the Bob Harkins branch of the library downtown, and the Nechako branch in the Hart.
“We have plenty of kids out there” in the Hart, which is a very strong community Buehler said.
All activities at both libraries are free of charge, because “the library never charges for programs,” Buehler said.
Grandparents reading corner is one event in particular that Buehler said could have more participants. This activity consists of grandparents coming in and reading stories to children.
“We set them up in the corner or on the couch and they read one on one with small people, or in groups,” Buehler said. This activity takes place throughout the year, though is quieter during the summer. The next grandparents reading corner is Thursday at the Bob Harkins Branch from 10:30-11 a.m.
Their most popular event is story time in the park, where up to 225 people show up for story-telling events outside, though the average turnout is around 150. These activities are done in partnership with Child Care Resource and Referral. Both organizations in the partnership provide story-tellers. The next story time in the park event is Thursday at Fort George Park from 10:30-11 a.m.
Teen nights, which consist of the Dance Dance Revolution dancing video game, karaoke, jewelry making, improv, and other activities, is organized by summer reading club assistant Rebecca Madson. Around 12-15 kids show up for this event, which goes on from 7-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday night.
“We have plenty of room for more,” Madson said.
Madson has been working as summer reading club assistant all summer as part of her summer-long job before she goes to CNC in the fall.
“She’s doing an excellent job,” Buehler said.
There are several other activities throughout the summer, all surrounding literacy. The theme this year is “Catch the Reading Bug,” with programs for children from birth to teen. These activities usually have around 40-50 kids in attendance.
Buehler said that hosting these activities every summer are all in keeping with two main goals set forth by the library. The first goal is for kids to come in, and “change the image of the library” by having fun. The second goal is to maintain and exceed children’s reading levels over the summer months.
The summer reading club will have activities at both branches of the library until August 8, with the following week devoted to wrapping up events, including a wrap up celebration August 17, from 1-2:30 p.m. at both branches.
A full schedule is available at its website: http://lib.pg.bc.ca/.