The ‘Reading Lights’ are all up and shining brightly. The Vancouver Public Library had committed to a project lasting three years and we have reached that point. We can now celebrate its success.
There are 61 ‘Reading Lights’—20 completed in each year and one more from the Vancouver Library to highlight the importance of reading to young children. And what great reading they will find, in the books created by the writers and illustrators in BC.
From the feedback I have received, from authors and illustrators, parents, teachers, it is a great success.
From an illustrator, Sima Elizabeth Shefrin:
“I am delighted to have my illustrated images on lamp posts near schools and parks, not only because they reach so many children and adults who might not happen to stumble across my books in the library, but because they bring the world of literacy to children. As they see and play around the Reading Light plaques, these children become familiar with the partnership of words and illustrations, and this familiarity provides a path into the world of reading. And how wonderful to have all that beautiful art displayed so accessibly around our city.”
From a writer, Debbie Hodge:
“I am thrilled and delighted to have my books included among the plaques. It is indeed a lovely honour.”
From a teacher on a field trip to the library:
“We found the story ’Binky the Space Cat’ on the corner of Homer and Robson. We then went into the library and found the book. We read the story and expanded on it: finding the animal section in the library, locating pictures of all sorts of cats, matching types of cats, drawing their own cat, and labeling all the animal parts.”
Families have reported that they enjoy using the map to locate ‘Reading Lights’ plaques around the city, checking the book on the map as they discover a new plaque.
– by Vi Hughes