Put on your pj’s and bring your favourite stuffed animal to a storytelling party for all ages. Saskatchewan storyteller Kevin MacKenzie will be telling stories and fingerplays that will tickle your funny bone at a free public event on Wednesday January 4 in the lobby of The ACT 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge.
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services, the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee, and the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council are joining forces to host this storytelling event to promote literacy. What does storytelling have to do with literacy?
“Literacy is more than just reading, writing and arithmetic,” says Jessie Hill, Co-Chair of the Literacy Committee. “It also includes social and personal communication and the arts, so storytelling fits in perfectly with literacy.”
MacKenzie, who refers to himself as the grandfather of silliness, gives active and interactive performances with lots of opportunity for kids to jump around.
“We are so lucky to have Kevin here,” said Lynn Malbeuf, Child Care Resource & Referral Program Assistant with Community Services. “It will be fun for the whole family as Kevin is a very entertaining performer.”
Kevin MacKenzie is a self-described big kid who has travelled to 7 countries telling stories to children of all ages. His DVD Fingersplay! was given a place on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s “Our Choice” list. He used to teach preschool in Vancouver, but decided to go live with gophers in Saskatchewan.
As a lead up to Family Literacy Day on January 27th, the Literacy Committee and its community partners are hosting a series of free public events exploring the various aspects of literacy. Week one will be the storytelling presentation by Kevin MacKenzie, week two will be a workshop on remembering and recording your family history, and week three will explore financial skills. The final event, on January 27, brings the Literacy Committee together with the Maple Ridge Public Library for Family Literacy Day in a family oriented carnival event that includes a fun surprise. Join us throughout January to find out more about literacy, learn new skills, and have fun!
For more information on all the workshops and on Family Literacy Day visit www.communityliteracy.ca. For more information about the storytelling workshop or to register contact the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.466.8254.