About librarysteph

Stephanie is a Youth Services Librarian.

Summer Reading Club

This blog is no longer active. Please see the library’s event calendar for Summer Reading Club registration



If you would like to receive a seasonal newsletter that outlines upcoming events for kids at the library in Vernon you can e-mail svollick@orl.bc.ca and request to be added to the list. You will only be contacted 4-5 times a year with an overview of library programs. Please provide your name, e-mail address and the ages of your children (to help us provide the most relevant info).

For the most up to date schedule of events and access to online registration you can visit the library’s calendar.

Reluctant Dragon Contest

The winner of the Reluctant Dragon Contest is Thea! She received 2 tickets from the Performing Arts Centre to their Reluctant Dragon show next week.

The Lonely Dragon

There lived a dragon by the sea
he was very lonely indeed
he thought he was the last of his kind
he spent his days in his mind
he hoped for a friend who would be there till the end

He drew charred pictures
with his fiery breath
until a mouse came
all his pictures were the same

The mouse brought berries
she brought some cherries
to brighten the pictures
that were so dark and grey

They went on a journey
to end his yearning
they checked the local fires
higher and higher
try as they might
there was no dragon in sight

His hope was gone
he was too tired to go on
his great big search
for a dragon on her perch

He sulked away
but realized in a way
his best friend had always been there
they were a perfect pair

The mouse had brought colour
like the flowers in summer
his heart was at rest
she had made him his best

2nd place winner Annika age 11 who will also receive a ticket to the show thanks to Fairview Family Law.



There once was a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins,
he was a burglar, he had to steal a dragon’s,
pile of coins jewels and gold, the journey there was very cold.


The dragon was Smaug, out of the fog.
he was red and mighty in all his glory
tunneling through a sea of his treasure.
There is a key to this place, after you find it you must race!


For the last day of fall, the keyhole will call, and appear!
If you are daring, you may hear
the silent sounds of a dragon stalking underground.
In treasure he will lie, at night he will fly, off for a bite.


Smaug’s wings in rhythm of one, his hunting has begun.
Beware if you see him with one glance, you will note you haven’t a chance.


So Mr. Bilbo Baggins, snuck to the dragon’s.
Along with his twelve friends. They were near the end.
to defeat the dragon but take his treasure in what? A wagon?
One ring glittering light, in the middle of the night.
How can they do it? With his breath Smaug lit up the cave
with Bilbo trying to be brave.


Dragon glaring, nostrils flaring,
flies to a town in his anger.
All townsfolk are in danger!
Behold, the power of Smaug!


Family Literacy Week

We have a full week of events for families this year.

We will start with Dear Zoo Puppet Show  Jan 23 10:30am. This will be a special story time featuring both Stephanie and Judy and their puppet pets.

Later that afternoon we have Frozen activities      Jan 23  2pm (please register). Anna and Elsa will be at the library! Olaf’s song will come to life in blacklight! Plus kids can make their own crowns, snowmen or rock trolls. Of course we also have many frozen stories to enjoy!D

Next is the Dr. Seuss Puppet Show    Jan 27 3:30pm (please register). With shadow puppets, a glow in the dark story and a cat in the hat activity.

Olivia The Pig Party   an 28 3:30pm (please register) we will see Olivia take over the circus, train her cat and remind us how fabulous a pig can be.

Mo Willems Puppet Show  Jan 29 3:30pm (please register) We will be repeating the event from last year’s Summer Reading Club including black light, felt story and elephant and piggie classics. With the addition of I Really Like Slop the skit and puppet show.

We will conclude the week with a Stuffie Sleepover   Jan 29-30th . Drop off your teddy bear or stuffed animal and we will take good care of them at the library. They’ll have lots of fun with our puppets and books and tell you all about it when you come to get them in the morning.

Attending any of these events enters you in the draw to win a prize pack of unplugged activities for kids put together by the Optimist Club or books donated by Friends of the Library. DSCN1851.JPG