From left to right: Cheryl Rempel

From left to right: Cheryl Rempel

Reading program teaches kids to ‘savour each word’

Castlegar’s popular summer reading club for kids and teenagers is back, and this year’s theme is intended to make kids hungry for books.

Castlegar’s popular summer reading club for kids and teenagers is back, and this year’s theme is intended to make kids hungry for books.

“Savour Each Word” will have each week based on a different food. Books, games, and crafts will surround the theme.

There are four age groups for the seven-week camp, said Haley Fry, one of the reading ambassadors.

“It’s basically so they can keep their reading skills up through the summer,” she said.

The preschool group has two classes: Thursday morning from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and that afternoon from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Children from kindergarten to Grade 2 have two options as well: Monday and Wednesday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Grades 3 to 5 meet Tuesday and Friday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Teens meet on Friday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Along with crafts, books and games, Fry said they’re planning other activities for the participants.

“We’re going to try and do an outside movie in the evening for the older kids,” she said.

Medals are given out at the end of the camp for how many books were read over the seven weeks and then they have an end-of-summer party.

Fry said the older kids also go on at least one field trip, such as Zuckerberg Island.

The camp starts on July 4.

On the second day, children’s entertainer Oso Simple will perform at the library at 2 p.m. for everyone involved in the camps.

Teens interested in the camps can access teensrc.ca to get a better feel for how the camp will unfold.

“The teens can go on and there’s a bunch of activities for them to do,” Fry said.

Registration for the camps takes place at the library on June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. After that date, people can register at the library, but classes are capped at a certain number (although there is a waitlist).

For more information, contact the library at 365-6611.