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Icing on the cake for a summer of reading

By Lorraine Graves

Published 10:44 PDT, Fri August 30, 2019

Last Updated: 1:58 PDT, Wed September 4, 2019

As the summer draws to a close, so does the Richmond Public Library’s summer reading program.

As the summer draws to a close, so does the Richmond Public Library’s summer reading program. 

The finale, open to the public, is Sept. 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the main Brighouse branch (7700 Minoru Gate) and promises to be a celebration of all things literary. 

Library co-ordinator of innovation and learning development Lee Anne Smith says, “It’s been an exciting summer. Over 4,500 Richmond children, teens and adults registered for summer reading clubs this year.”

It was also the summer that Richmond readers connected with readers in Xiamen and Qingdao, China through the One Book, Three Cities reading project and had the opportunity to meet author Yann Martel in person. 

“Kids and families kept their reading skills fresh all summer long by reading their way through challenges, games and contests,” says Smith, showing that libraries are so much more than just books. “Teens were engaged and inspired with writing workshops, digital tech programs and even Escape Rooms.”

The Saturday, Sept. 7 event offers free activities throughout the library for families to explore after the medal and trophy presentations.

The summer reading finale will also feature Mayor Malcolm Brodie, city councillors, the Richmond Public Library Board and community members.

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