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Summer reading kicks off this month at Richmond libraries

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:43 PDT, Thu June 10, 2021

Summer is almost here and the Richmond Public Library is ready to celebrate with the return of its annual reading program.

Registration opens Tuesday (June 15) at 10 a.m. For all the details, visit or click on the Summer Reading @ RPL banner on the library’s website. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

“Reading regularly as part of a library reading club builds literacy skills and creates opportunities to learn and connect with others,” said Jordan Oye, Richmond Public Library board chair. “We hope to inspire readers of all ages to come see what Summer Reading @ RPL has in store for you. Remember, it’s all free with your library card!” 

One Book, Four Cities participants will enjoy reading and discussing the award-winning book In the Skin of a Lion by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje. Connect with readers from Qingdao and Xiamen, China and Wakayama, Japan in the online forum. 

Join virtual book club conversations and enter the library’s trivia and scavenger hunt contests for a chance to win a prize. To celebrate the end of summer, the library is especially proud to partner with the City of Richmond’s Sister City Advisory Committee to welcome Michael Ondaatje for a live virtual author interview on Aug. 19.

Kids, get ready to “Crack the Case” for this year’s BC Summer Reading Club. Children and their families can register online at or visit any RPL branch to pick up their reading booklet. Complete your challenges weekly and track your progress at home. 

Stay tuned for more information about how to receive your SRC completion medal at the end of the summer. Be sure to take part in one of the library’s all-new programs this year, where you can explore the wilderness with RPL and Parks Canada, or learn about the science of candy with RPL and Scientists in Schools.

For teens, the library’s annual Artwork Contest is back. Try your hand at designing the artwork for next year’s Teen Summer Reading Club, and write and share book reviews about your favourite summer reads for a chance to win prizes. Plus, keep your writing skills fresh with creative writing workshops and check out the virtual Heist game. Learn more at 

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