Archive for July, 2013

Buy Local, Give Local

July 18th, 2013

Support local literacy programs when you shop at Maple Ridge’s Bean Around Books & Tea.

Bean Around Books & Tea has over 60 blends of fresh and organic loose leaf teas and a diverse selection of used books.

Mention “Community Literacy” when you stop in and part of your purchase will go directly to support the Literacy Committee’s work.

Bean Around Books & Tea is located at:

22626 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 2V3
Phone:  604 466-2966


We are grateful to Dan Ruimy of Bean Around Books & Tea for supporting local literacy initiatives.CLCLogo_Sq_rgb_GreenTag

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Thank you for shopping locally and helping to improve literacy.



Summer Play Cafe: FREE for children aged 6-12 and their parent

July 3rd, 2013

Children 6-12 years of age and their parents looking for some summer fun are encouraged to come out to the Summer Play Cafe.  These FREE hands-on, fun packed, fast paced, craft filled play workshops will be a blast!

Each session explores a different theme:

  • “Inspired buy Nature” on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • “By Air or By Sea” on August 7th, 2013 from 6 – 8 PM

These drop in events are first come, first serve.  A snack or light meal is provided at each session.

This event is supported by:

                                   FamilyEdLogoFraser Valley Regional Library











Assessing Progress and Re-Charting Direction

July 2nd, 2013

Want to know what the Literacy Committee accomplished in 2012? or interested in learning more about the barriers and challenges the group faced and overcome? Then be sure to read the 2012- 2013 Community and District Literacy Plan.  Not only does this plan look at what has happened in the past year, where progress has been made; it also clearly lays out where the Committee (and it’s contractors) will focus their attention in the coming year.

“In essence, the Community and District Literacy Plan is our report card on the previous year and our roadmap for the coming 12 months” comments Angie McLeod, Literacy Outreach Worker.  “The Literacy Plan helps us communicate the strategic priorities that our members, partners, and the community tell us is important.”  The Community Literacy Plan is not an internal document; it is the result of actively surveying community and committee members and partner groups.  Once the feedback is received the Committee then uses this information to guide their own Strategic Planning to more clearly define priorities for the coming year.

“Ensuring that the community has a say in where we are going, what is working in the community and what isn’t, and how we are focusing our energy is essential to our success” notes McLeod.  “By the time the Literacy Plan is forwarded on to the Ministry of Education, it’s been reviewed by the Committee, the Community Network and our local Board of Education.”

To learn more about the Literacy Plan, contact us.