Archive for February, 2014

Volunteer Tutor Training starts soon!

February 17th, 2014

Interested in helping those those struggling with literacy issues?  The Literacy Committee is currently looking for volunteers to train to help adult learners improve their literacy skills.    

Our free Volunteer-Tutor Training Program starts March 3rd and will run for 4 sessions.  These workshops will take place at Riverside Centre (Room 1073) at 20575 Thorne Avenue, Maple Ridge at the times noted below.   Riverside Centre is located between 203 and 207th Avenues on Thorne.  Free parking available on site.

Please mark ALL the following dates in your calendar.

  • Monday, March 3, 6:30 PM. – approx. 9 PM
  • Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m. – approx. 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 10, 6:30 PM to approx. 9 PM
  • Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 PM to approx. 9 PM

Light snacks and beverages provided.

To learn more about and/or to register for the CLC’s Volunteer Tutoring Program, please contact or call 604.220.5231 or 604 721.3738.


Learning together: Pre-school Literacy Explorer kits

February 11th, 2014

Pre-School Literacy Explorer Kits


Pre-school literacy explorer kits are available.  These kits are designed to help parents introduce simple ideas around reading, writing, and math into their day-to-day activities.

The kits are one outcome of an ongoing collaborative Family Literacy Work Group that identified in 2012 that many parents don’t know how to “teach” their pre-school children basic literacy skills.  The group put their heads together and determined that they wanted two types of tools or kits:

  • one kit for family service providers that made weaving literacy activities into daily programming easy and that showcased how parents could adapt activities at home; and,
  • a second kit for parents that help them learn about simple literacy activities that they could do with their children at home.

These comprehensive kits include:

  • Instructions on how introduce and do activities
  • Resources and tools to do activity
  • Consumables needed

Kits can be borrowed from Childcare Resource and Referral (CCRR) for free (with a membership).*

To borrow a kit call, the CCRR 604.467.2273

For Information on this Family Literacy Work Group, contact  Angie McLeod at or call 604 721 3738

Family Literacy Work Group Partners

Funding from:

* Family membership is $5 per year and Agency / Daycare memberships are $20 per year.

Family Literacy Day 2014: Two Successful Events

February 7th, 2014

Celebrating Stories of all kinds!

The Cast of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe get in to the spirit of Family Literacy Day.

The Cast of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe get in to the spirit of Family Literacy Day.

Family Literacy Day is celebrated in the third week of January every year.  For the past two years, the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Public Libraries and the Literacy Committee have come together to spearhead two separate, and very different, Family Literacy Day events.  

On January 25th in Maple Ridge, families were invited to the Library to explore storytelling in all it’s forms.  From Len Stanga, Stories on Wheels, to more traditional storytelling methods, visitors to the event were entertained.  Librarians, Volunteers, the Literacy Outreach Workers, and some visitors, took the opportunity to dress as their favourite fictional character.  

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Young boy making an alphabet pizza using one of the new Preschool Literacy Explorer kits.

The following Saturday, February 1st, Pitt Meadows residents were invited to explore the last ten decades of literacy and literature.  With puppeteer, musician, and storyteller Elspeth Bowers on hand to entertain the crowd, and librarians and exhibitors dressed in their favourite decade costume, there were lots of things to do.

Visitors to both events were sure to come out with lots of ideas for having 15 minutes of literacy fun each day.

Check out the photo albums from both events on the CLC’s Facebook Page.

To learn more about these events and how you can participate next year, contact the Literacy Committee at coordinator{at}community or call us at 604.721.3738.