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Time travel with Vancouver Island Regional Library this summer

Summer reading challenges delve into world of time travel
Staff prepare Kids Summer Reading Club materials to ship across VIRL’s 42,000 sq/km service area. Photo courtesy VIRL

Readers are invited to time travel this summer with Vancouver Island Regional Library’s summer reading clubs and challenges.

The challenges are for kids, teens, and adults, and each gives their participants the chance to roam with dinosaurs, delve into the Paleolithic, imagine future worlds, conjure new histories, alternative realities and much more.

Kids can sign up for the Kids Summer Reading Club.

“From reading activities to drawing workshops, time-travelling music playlists to fantastic prizes, SRC 2023 is journeying through time in fun and exciting ways,” says a VIRL release. “As always, the goal is to help kids read and engage with the library in the summer and maintain or improve their literacy skills.”

Registration opens June 20, and the club runs from July 4 until Aug. 22. This club is for children up to age 12.

More information, including registration, is available online here.

Timey Wimey Teen Summer Reading Challenge.

The teen challenge is channelling the classic BBC franchise, inviting teens from age 12-18 to hang out with the Doctor. There are some “out-of-this-world” prizes to be won this year as well.

“All you need to do is find the nearest Tardis, and pick up your Timey Wimey Activity Booklet, either online or in your branch, starting July 4,” the release says. “Then, start tracking your TSC activities across the time space continuum.”

The grand prize is a Nintendo Switch OLED and there are lots of other great prizes to be won.

Registration opens June 20 and the TSC runs July 4 – Aug. 31.

Full TSC details, including how to register, are available online here.

Adult Challenge: Pick a Time to Read.

The adults get to play time travel bingo. Each bingo square brings readers closer to winning amazing prizes. To do so, readers are asked to pick books and movies that bend time, contemplate time or that they’ve always wished they had time to read or watch.

Like the younger challenges, it runs from July 4 until Aug. 31. Details are available online.

“With so many great activities planned for every age, this summer promises to be an epic journey through the epochs and ages, eras and dynasties,” the release says. “Now, if only there was a way to slow down time and make summer last a little longer.”

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