Summer reading program set to take flight

Castlegar and District Library's summer reading program will be taking registrations soon.

Samantha Rigby and Sophie Streleoff will be running the Castlegar & District Library's summer reading program.

Samantha Rigby and Sophie Streleoff will be running the Castlegar & District Library's summer reading program.

Castlegar and District Library’s summer reading program will be taking registrations soon. The program, which has been around since 1983, will have two separate sessions – one at the library in Castegar and one at Blueberry Creek Community School.

Two students from Selkirk College, Sophie Streleoff and Samantha Rigby, have been hired for the program.

“I’m coordinating the program for Blueberry Creek School reading club and Samantha doing the one for the Castlegar Library,” said Streleoff. “The summer reading club is for pre-school children to grade sevens to come and improve and maintain their reading skills through the summer.”

“We try to make it really fun by incorporating activities and crafts and science experiments as well as by having special events and special guests,” said Rigby.

The program starts on July 2 and runs until the third week of August. Registration begins on June 20 at the Castlegar Library from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration for the Blueberry Creek program is June 19 and 20 from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Blueberry Creek Community School.

“Spaces are limited for each group so people should register quick if there is a particular group or time they want,” said Streleoff.

The different age groups are: Pre-School (must be toilet trained), kindergarten to grade 2, and grade 3 to grade 7.

“Each group meets on different days and at different times,” said Streleoff. “Each week has a different theme. The first week is wild, wild life. We’ll be doing different creatures in natural environments.”

“Later on we’ll be have biggest, fastest, first, which is like world records,” said Rigby. “After that we’ll have it came from outer space, weird science, true story, trick or truth, and you don’t scare me.”

It’s important for children to keep reading in the summer, says Streleoff. “If they don’t read all summer, when they go to school in September they’ll be really behind. The summer reading program really helps with maintaining those reading skills and improving them.”