MACKENZIE – Children in Mackenzie are continuing to build literacy skills this summer thanks to the B.C. Summer Reading Club offered at Mackenzie Public Library.

This summer’s Build It! program at public libraries across the province encourages kids to use technology, crafts, architecture and imagination to explore books and get a head start to hands-on learning.

Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris joined the Build It! program at the Mackenzie Public Library to share their love for reading.

The Summer Reading Club helps youngsters stick to their reading goals and prevents summer reading loss. Voluntary reading strongly encourages and establishes good reading habits and has a positive connection to future success in school. Improving the literacy skills of all British Columbians is vital to the social and economic development of the province.

The Summer Reading Club reaches more than 85,000 young learners during July and August. All public libraries in B.C. take part in the program. Each year the Ministry of Education provides $50,000 in funding to the B.C. Library Association to co-ordinate the Summer Reading Club and provide materials to libraries.

“Programs like the Summer Reading Club will help instil a lifelong love of reading in our youth,” Morris said. “Success in reading contributes to success in other aspects of life. I encourage families to make reading part of their everyday routine.”

“Our goal is not only to help kids keep up their reading levels over the summer, but to expand their minds and introduce them to a fun world of reading and inquiry-based learning outside the classroom,” Mackenzie Public Library director Anna Babluck said. “It’s wonderful watching themes like ‘Build It’ spark the kids’ curiosity and enthusiasm and we hope some of that travels back to school with them in the fall.”

There are 71 public library systems in B.C., with 243 library locations serving more than 360 communities.

Learn more about the Summer Reading Club at bcsrc.ca/.