Everything is awesome when Lego and literacy unite

VICTORIA - The sounds of creativity echoed through the Greater Victoria 
Public Library's Central Branch today as Minister of Education Peter 
Fassbender was joined by young learners for a morning of reading and Lego 
building, celebrating the BC Summer Reading Club.
 This year's club theme, "Build It!" encourages kids to use technology, 
crafts, architecture and imagination to explore books and get a head-
start to hands-on learning. Offered at public libraries throughout the 
province, the Summer Reading Club builds literacy skills and encourages 
creative discovery.
"Reading is life's essential skill. The Summer Reading Club gives kids 
the tools to explore their own literacy journey, while discovering new 
books, new ideas and new stories. I know every child participating this 
summer is reaching new reading goals, keeping their reading skills sharp, 
and getting ready for the new school year in September." says Peter Fassbender, 
Minister of Education.
 The Summer Reading Club helps kids 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 province's social and economic development.
 The Summer Reading Club reaches over 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 BC 
Library Association to co-ordinate the Summer Reading Club and provide 
materials to libraries.
 To connect with a local summer reading program, parents can contact their 
local library. A list of libraries is online at 
www.commons.bclibraries.ca