FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John library is flipping the page into summer programming with a number of activities for kids and a summer reading club for teens.

Program Co-ordinator Morgan Churchill says she is looking forward to hosting in-person events with public health orders slowly lifting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re really excited to see people in person,” said Churchill. “The purpose behind the summer reading club has always been to help bridge that gap from school year to school year, to keep them reading and engaging with learning through the summer.”

Many students suffer from “summer slide” when school’s out, says Churchill.

“Kids especially in the elementary grades, they put so much work into building their reading skills and literacy,” she added. “We really encourage kids and families to find books that they like to read, for enjoyment and interest. It just keeps up those skills.”

Science experiments, robot kits, and more are on offer to keep kids engaged in the programs, with several outdoor pop-up events to come.

“Through the last year we’ve done a lot of home-based activities and take home activities, and we are still continuing with that,” Churchill said of the blend of self-driven and in-person programming.

Participants will be rewarded with badges for completing different activities over the summer, both at the library and out in the community.

“It rewards kids for not only reading, but interacting with their community outside and getting active,” Churchill said.

All the activities and events are free, with registration already open.