Summer Reading Club 2018 Update

Here’s a peek at some of the fun programs we’ve had at the library so far this summer.

Book Smack and STEAM

The kids all got a chance to talk about a book for 30 seconds. Most of them went over time and had marshmallows thrown at them to let them know their time was up. We then did a fun STEAM activity with KEVA Planks, Lego, and Ozobots. The kids created a city for the Ozobot and drew roads for it to follow. The team work and creativity was fun to see.


Bubble Wonders

Geoff Aikens of Bubble Wonders came and showed us through his bubble presentation that Anything Is Possible!


Maker Crew

The ORL Maker Crew showed us how a 3D printer and green screen work. We even got to try using a handheld 3D printer!


Opera Kelowna: The Joy of Song

We even had Opera in the library! Thank you Haley for a wonderful presentation and for singing to us.



Teen Book Review

Betsy-Tacy series[1]

The Betsy-Tacy Series

The Betsy-Tacy books, by Maud Hart Lovelace, are unique in that the reader can actually grow up with them. For instance, the first three books, about Betsy from age five to ten, are directed towards a younger audience, while the last couple books are meant for an older, teen audience. There are about ten books in total in the Betsy-Tacy series, and I am fortunate to own almost all of them.

Are you still reading this? Then seriously, stop reading and go check out these books! They are definitely worth your while!

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’.

Teen Book Review

This review is written by a teen, but it is geared toward the tween audience. Enjoy!

The Secret IslandThe Secret Island Review

~by Ardent Book Lover

The Secret Island, by Enid Blyton, has the distinction of being the first book that was so exciting that I read it over again half an hour after I had finished it. This story about four orphans who decide to take matters into their own hands, following their unfair treatment at the hands of grownups, shows that children can accomplish anything, if they work together.


Teen Book Review

The Borrowed House

The Borrowed House by Hilda van Stockum is one of my favourite single books, that is, not in a series. Set during World War II, this is a story of how a young girl discovers the value of human life, and the true meaning of sacrifice. When I first read the Borrowed House, I had never come into contact with these issues before, and I got scared. Two years later, I read it again and loved it! Now our family owns two copies of this book, which means I can take one when I move out. Yes!

~Ardent Book Lover

Teen Book Review

The Viking Quest

Series by Lois Walfrid Johnson

LWJVQSET1_large[1]~Review by Ardent Book Lover

The first time I ever heard of the Viking Quest series was when my mother checked it out of the library, thinking that I might enjoy reading about Vikings. I read it to please her, but I wasn`t very enthusiastic about it. The very next time I went to the library, I promptly ordered the rest of the series! From the very beginning, I was caught up in Bree`s life, holding my breath when she was in trouble, and jumping for joy when she was happy. Since then, I think I must have reread the Viking Quest series at least ten times. Now all I can say is “Thank goodness for my mom`s sharp eyes!”

Raiders from the Sea

The year is 1000 BC, and Briana (Bree) O’Toole is celebrating her 13th birthday. As she stares out at the Irish Sea from the hills above her home, she wonders if she will ever see what lies beyond. However, little does she know that she is about to get more than she bargained for! In this epic story of Irish Christians, Viking raids, and mysterious dark secrets, can Bree ever forgive her captor, Mikkel, for taking her away from her home and everyone she loves?

Mystery of the Silver Coins

Bree is heading away from her beloved hills of Ireland to become a Viking slave. Arriving in Norway, Bree discovers that not all Vikings are cruel. She respects Mikkel’s family, but still hates and distrusts Mikkel. In time, can he prove himself worthy of trust?

The Invisible Friend

Held as a slave by Mikkel`s parents, Bree must learn to obey the restrictions put on her as a slave. When ransom money arrives to free Bree, she uses the money to free two younger Irish girls instead. By holding to her faith, Bree learns that, no matter what happens, she will always be free inside.

Heart of Courage

Mikkel promises that if Bree’s brother Devin goes on one more voyage with the Vikings as a storyteller and Mikkel’s friend, Mikkel will release Bree from slavery. Both Devin and Bree want to trust Mikkel, but until he finds a way to set things right between himself and all the Irish he has hurt, Bree and Devin must watch him very carefully.

The Raider’s Promise

Bree is now seventeen, and Mikkel still holds her captive. Through her travels and experiences with the Vikings, Bree has learned to respect Mikkel. However, she waits to see whether he will have the courage to do what is right and give back all he has taken from the Irish people.

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 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:

Tracker Prizeschallenge-tracker[1]