Vancouver Island library’s summer reading clubs promise adventure

VIRL presents reading challenges, offers prizes for children and teens

The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club is underway. (Stock photo)

The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club is underway. (Stock photo)

With the school year finished and summer in full gear, another season of Summer Reading Club at Vancouver Island Regional Library is beginning.

This year’s theme is ‘Crack the Case,’ and kids can find clues, solve mysteries, and participate in programs all summer long. Teens can also take part this year in a Lord of the Rings-themed quest called One Library to Rule Them All.

“This is the second year in a row where the pandemic has moved many of our [reading club] and teen programs and activities online,” said Melissa Legacy, VIRL’s director of library services and planning, in a press release. “But just like always, our staff have come up with many creative and insightful ways to encourage kids to read and participate in these beloved annual traditions. Not only do these programs build important literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading, they’re also a lot of fun for the whole family to participate in.”

Registration is now open online at After registering, participants can pick up their Summer Reading Club package, which includes a mystery-solving reading record, from any VIRL branch. Other ways kids can get involved range from participating in VIRL’s Spy Academy to registering for some case-cracking virtual programs.

There are numerous virtual events confirmed for this summer; visit for a full schedule of events. The reading club runs until Aug. 17.

Teens aged 12-18 can pick up a map of Middle Earth at any VIRL branch, or online at this link, to participate in an “epic quest” of reading and activities for a chance to win prizes, noted the press release.

“From a Hobbit name generator to an Elvish DIY Kit, it’s all LOTR all summer long,” the release noted.

Prizes include Beats by Dr. Dre Studio 3 headphones, an iPod Touch and, of course, books.

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