SRC: Book Smack & Marshmallow Toss

For some of us, 30 seconds isn’t enough time to say all we want to say about a good book. However, it is long enough to get the audience curious enough to want to read it…while throwing marshmallows to get the speaker to stop talking.

This summer’s Books Smack & Marshmallow Toss has been filled with fast paced book reviews, fast pitched marshmallows, and hilarious Minute to Win It games.

DSCN0032Here are some Book Smackers playing the Minute to Win It game ‘Cookie Face’.

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SRC: Out of This World!

 

Colleen O’Hare, a volunteer from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada- Okanagan Centre, enthralled her audience with a wild trip through Space. We learned everything from Black Holes that don’t suck to gamma rays that rudely knock into each other. Now, we are all looking forward to the total eclipse of the sun (not the heart) on August 21! (Yes, the technical term is Total Solar Eclipse, but I couldn’t resist the offhand nod to Bonnie Tyler.)

 

 

SRC: Andy the Musical Scientist

We had a great time with Andy the Musical Scientist on Monday. We were all impressed by the incredible instruments he created out of household items and amazed by the cools sounds he made with them. Summer programs at the library have kicked off to a great start!

Check our website if you are interested in learning more about our summer programs: http://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/salmon-arm.

2017 Summer Reading Clubs

First, a huge thank you to our Salmon Arm Friends of the Library (FOL) for sponsoring our programs year after year. I don’t know what we would do with out you!

Registration for Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 20 and is free. Just contact the library by email, phone or in person to register. (No online registration is available this year to join the club.)

We have 3 Summer Clubs this year.

  1. Read-to-Me Club for ages 1 – 4 years.
  2. BC Summer Reading Club for ages 5 -12 years.
  3. Summer Challenge Tracker for ages 1 – 18.

We also have free summer programs and contests for students. Registration for these programs is available online and opens 2 weeks before the event. Contact the library or go to our branch page at http://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/salmon-arm to register for a program. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 9-11 must have an adult within easy contact.

Here is a list of our programs:

SRC Programs

Here is a list of our contests and sponsors:

SRC Contests

And here is a peek at this year’s Challenge Tracker:

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Story Time in the Park 2017

Thanks again to the Salmon Arm Early Childhood Development Committee for sponsoring these events! Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) will provide toys and activities after story time.

Story Time in the Park 2017

SRC Winners & School Percentages

And the GRAND PRIZE winners are….Mikaila and Tomi!

Mikaila won the GoPro Camera, and Tomi won the Razor Scooter. Congratulations Mikaila and Tomi!

Thank you Friends of the Library for funding these prizes.

A huge congratulations to Bastion Elementary for having the highest percentage of students sign up for SRC this past summer. Here’s what the breakdown looks like:

  • Bastion: 34%
  • Salmon Arm West: 27%
  • Hillcrest: 23%
  • Shuswap Middle School: 22%
  • South Broadview: 17%
  • Ranchero: 16%
  • North Canoe: 15%

Thank you to all teachers, teacher librarians and all educators for promoting Summer Reading Club. We had over 100 more students register this year than we had last year. Yay!

 

Summer Reading Club 2016: Book a Trip!

I’m a little late posting these pictures, but better late than never, right?

Here is a peek at some of the fun SRC programs that we had at the library this summer.

Uncle Chris the Clown is the best clown EVER! He’s not scary, he’s very funny, and he does magic. Okay, so he doesn’t actually do the magic correctly, but the kids are great at showing him how it’s done. 🙂

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For our animal lovers, the SPCA helped us discover all the horrible things that could happen if an exotic animal was let loose in our community. They also helped us decide which rodent would make the best pet. Which do you think would make the best pet: a hamster, a guinea pig, a mouse or a rat? Did you guess rat? Then you would be correct!!

The Okanagan Science Centre opened our eyes to the amazing world that exists beyond what our normal eyes can see.

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Then we had our local Japanese art guru (Eiko) teach us some amazing Origami and Japanese Calligraphy.

Here is Origami for ages 9-12.

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Here is Origami for ages 5-8.

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And here is Japanese Calligraphy for ages 9-18.

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Did you wonder how our weekly Booksmacks turned out? Well they were a ton of fun! There was a great group of youth who showed up, wonderful books shared and many marshmallows tossed (and eaten). It was hard to determine which was more fun- the book sharing & marshmallow throwing or the games we played after. Here are some pictures of us playing Quelf and Minute-To-Win-It (two of our favourite games). See if you can figure out which pictures belong to the Cookie Face Minute-To-Win-It challenge. The name of the game is to move the cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands. Pretty funny, eh?!

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We had many other exciting programs which, sadly, didn’t get photographed (due to unreliable cameras).

Thanks to everyone who took part in SRC 2016. And thank you to our Friends of the Library who funded our activities and prizes. We had another great summer!