Summer seems to be the ideal time to relax and enjoy reading. On vacation at the beach or around the pool, having a book at the ready in which you can immerse your imagination is the perfect way to relax. Or on those blistering days when the sun is too hot, then a comfy chair indoors (with the AC to cool your fevered brow!), and a cool drink at your elbow, provides the right ambiance to dive into the latest mystery or adventure by your favourite author.

Summer is also an important reading time for children. Resource teachers have told us that children who don’t read over the summer hiatus can easily drop one or two reading levels. If that happens September means backtracking to review and re-learn past reading skills before they can move forward.

Here at the Jake Epp Library we want to help children maintain their reading skills and also make it fun! So our Summer Reading Club is in full swing. This is the first week of reading – and there is still time to sign up. All you have to do is visit the Library and make sure your library card is current.

There is no cost to join the SRC.

If you do not have a library card and if you live outside the Steinbach City limits we have a special SRC membership for families who want to join the SRC. The card will allow the entire family to access the library until the end of August 2013 and the cost is just $10.00. For children who consistently read during the 7 seven weeks of the program, there are weekly prizes and also some wonderful grand prizes – including a trip for 2 to Toronto and the Ontario Science Museum. For full details you can go to our website at or come to the library.

So – what are you waiting for? We have tons of books for all ages that will make summer a great adventure – whether you travel or stay at home. A book can take your mind around the world and even beyond!

See you soon!

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.