Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the library has made the difficult decision not to offer face-to-face activities this year. But have no fear, as the majority of the Summer Reading Club programming you know and love will take place online!

Cranbrook Library’s Summer Reading Program returns

Popular summer program for kids will be offered online this season

The Cranbrook Public Library’s Summer Reading Club is back — for the rest of the season — in a virtual format.

Since its tentative reopening on July 8, the Cranbrook Public Library has been working on how to offer its annual Summer Reading Club in a safe and healthy way amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Summer Reading Club is a free program that the library has been running since 1990, so to not offer it for the first time in 30 years was unimaginable, for both the staff at the library and the community.

After careful deliberation, the Cranbrook Public Library is thrilled to invite kids and teens of all ages to join the 2020 Online BC Summer Reading Club.

This year’s theme is Explore our Universe! While the reading logs still work the same way, the Summer Reading Club programs look very different. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the library has made the difficult decision not to offer face-to-face activities this year.

But have no fear, as the majority of the Summer Reading Club programming you know and love will take place online! For the first time ever, the Summer Reading Club has its own designated Facebook page. Visit CPL Summer Reading Club for contests, activities, and live virtual storytimes, and to stay updated on all the fun things going on at the library this summer! On top of that, the provincial Summer Reading Club website is featuring additional contests, craft videos, puzzles, and online games. They’re even hosting a live interview with astronomer Rachel Wang from the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre on August 12 at 3:30pm.

As usual, registration is free and open all summer long. Registration sheets and reading logs are available in the children’s section of the library during open hours, which are 10am-2pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 2pm-6pm on Wednesday. They will also be available outside the library at the Kootenay Street entrance when the library is not open to the public. Plus, register online at the provincial Summer Reading Club website and join thousands of kids across the province at: https://bcsrc.ca/ as they explore their universe this summer!

The BC Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association, with financial support from Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education, and CUPE BC.

For more information, and to learn about other free library activities for kids, call the Cranbrook Public Library at (250) 426-4063, or visit their website.

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