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RA Roundup

Here are some cool RA-related things happening in libraries and other book-ish related topics. If you’d like to contribute anything your library is doing or something you stumble upon, send an email to raig.active[at]gmail.com or leave a comment.  Happy reading!

Adult Summer Reading Challenges in the Lower Mainland

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Walk on the Wide Side Summer Adult Reading Club

FVRL’s Summer Adult Reading Club kicked off earlier this week by encouraging a reading challenge similar to the annual children’s one. Patrons can pick up their reading record at their local branch and start their summer reading with a chance to win fantastic prizes!

North Vancouver District Public Library’s Adult and Teen Summer Reading Club

NVDPL wants its patrons to Read Across Canada this summer in honour of celebrating Canada’s 150. Patrons can pick up a BINGO card at any of the branches and start reading across Canada. Once a BINGO line is complete, patrons can enter their cards to win prizes.

Teens have a chance to read across North Vancouver by completing various challenges and a chance to win amazing prizes. Check out the beautiful hand drawn map here.

Port Moody Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club


Taking a note from the kids’ Summer Reading Club, Port Moody is also getting its adult readers to take a walk on the wild side through a “wild” themed BINGO card challenge. Readers have summer to fill up their cards and be able to win fantastic prizes. Patrons are also encouraged to share their reads throughout the summer with #wildreads on the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lastly, the library is also trying to boost its sign ups for both the children’s and adult SRCs by holding an epic water balloon fight on Saturday, July 8th, 2017.

Richmond Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Richmond PL is holding its Adult Summer Reading Challenge (from June 7-August 31) by encouraging its users to complete a BINGO card with a variety of reading prompts/recommendations. Once a BINGO card is completed, patrons have a chance to enter win an eReader and other great prizes.

Vancouver Public Library’s National Aboriginal Day Reading Circle Booklist

In honour of its National Aboriginal Day Reading Circle event on June 17, 2018, VPL curated a specialized booklist along with Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence Jules Koostachin. The list features a wealth of compelling titles by a variety of Aboriginal writers including Maria Campbell, Tracey Lindberg, Lee Maracle, Eden Robinson, and more.

Toronto Public Library’s Monthly Readalikes Booklists

Every month the Toronto Public Library creates a readalikes booklist for books/movies with buzz or genres. For instance, in the month of June, the library created a booklist for Shara Lapena’s The Couple Next Door

San Francisco Public Library’s Pride 2017 Book Recommendations

Need books and ideas to help building Pride displays for your library? Check out SFPL’s Pride 2017 booklist for LGBTQ fiction titles published in the last year.

BookRiot’s List of Upcoming Inclusive Mystery Titles

While the mystery genre tends to be dominated by white, male authors, Jamie Canaves at BookRiot compiled a phenomenal list of some upcoming mystery titles by a diverse set of authors who write inclusive characters and themes. As always, we need diverse books.


Stephanie Hong is an auxiliary Library Technician for Surrey Libraries and Vancouver Public Library

Why should kids have all the fun? – Adult SRC

SRC_Web_Graphic_adult_smallIt’s summer and the sticker-seeking Lilliputians are heading to the public libraries in droves. Many libraries have also incorporated an adult component to their
traditional Summer Reading Clubs for kids and teens. It doesn’t need to be elaborate – at the Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam we started several years ago with a homemade reading record made in Word and some donated book prizes.
Today it is system-wide in FVRL, but still maintains the “simple is
better” approach. You just need a reading record – ours adapt the
provincial children’s theme and use a very basic calendar. Patrons just mark
off the days they’ve read, and once a week they can enter a draw. ASRC reading record inside 2

The prizes are all put together by the local branches, and don’t need to be expensive,
just appealing. Some branches give the adults little stickers – it seems silly,
but even in your grown-up heart, you know you want someone to give you a gold
star! ASRC prize basket

The best part is, it’s an easy add-on to our existing SRC program – just offer the adults a reading record at the same time they are signing up their kids. We’ve found it’s also easy to administer from the Circ counter if your Information Desk is flooded with
children at this time of year. This year we have also added a Facebook app

ASRC facebook app

and put supporting reading lists in our BiblioCommons catalogue.

Best of all, it is another avenue to start those RA conversations. We’d love to hear what others are doing with their clubs.