January 11th – Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

January 4th, 2012 by Community Literacy Committee Leave a reply »

Reminisce and Record Your Family History: Take a trip down memory lane

Have you ever been transported back to a particular time and place on the opening notes of a song?  Has an object ever reminded you of a long ago relative?  Sights, sounds and artifacts can all trigger memories which in turn lead to remembering stories of one’s past.  This is the theory behind reminisce kits which contain select memorabilia intended to stimulate remembering.

Elders, their kids and grandkids are invited to a free workshop to learn about reminisce kits, how to use them, and how to make their own.  Participants will also have time to share some of their own stories with family members.  This interactive multigenerational workshop is the second event in the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee’s Family Literacy Day Workshop Series.

“Sharing family stories and talking about one’s experiences are about communication and communication is a big part of literacy,” said Jessie Hill, Co-Chair of the Literacy Committee.  “We are excited to partner with the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Seniors Network and the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society to demonstrate the breadth of literacy and how literacy affects all members of our society.”

Reminisce kits were developed by Joy Greenside, a Maple Ridge Public Library staff member who saw a need for kits that could stimulate conversation and memories for seniors.  When Joy passed away in 2008, Donna Jones, another staff member, continued the valued work on these kits to honour her friend’s memory and completed several themed kits before she retired.

“These kits contain short stories, skits, quizzes, music, photos, and memorabilia,” says Jo-Ann Sleiman, Supervisor of Information Services at the Maple Ridge Public Library.  “The kits are intended to be used with groups of seniors that live in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows and can be checked out at the Maple Ridge Library.”

Donna Jones, along with Brenda Smith, a local family history consultant will demonstrate these kits and lead participants through an exercise in sharing their own stories at a free workshop on January 11th from 3:30-5:00 pm at the Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 – 224 Street, Maple Ridge.  This workshop is open to family groups as well as professionals who work with seniors.  Pre-register at 604 466 8254 or coordinator@communityliteracy.ca.

For more information on all the workshops and on Family Literacy Day visit www.communityliteracy.ca.

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