Archive for the ‘Literacy Events & Activities’ category

ESL Women’s Conversation Group Celebrates Summer

June 29th, 2014

About a dozen members of the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows ESL Women’s English Conversation group have been meeting each week since last September. They came together for a delicious feast to celebrate the year and welcome in summer.

Book Clubs: Read and Connect

November 14th, 2012

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee is proud to offer two types of book clubs in our communities.  Book clubs offer participants an opportunity explore stories in depth, go on an adventure, or to connect with others with similar interests.

Two new book club formats are being offered: an Adult Learner Book Club and an Outreach style Book Club.

The Adult Learner Book club is for those adults who find it hard to read (that’s about 40% of our working age population).  Joining the book club is a great way to improve your reading skills.  It is also a great way to meet new people and to have some fun.  The Adult Learner Book Club will meet at the Maple Ridge Public Library starting January 31, 2013.  If you or someone you know would like to join a book club for adults who are trying to become better readers, please contact the Maple Ridge Public Library’s main floor information desk at 604.467.7417.

The Outreach Book Club is a reading and discussion group for vulnerable populations in our communities.    Outreach Book Clubs are hosted by local agencies.  Participants of the book club, or an agency staff member, generally facilitate the discussion and conversation around the selected story.  People who take part in a book club can feel an increased sense of community and self-worth.  If your agency or organization is interested in learning about the ins and outs of starting a book club for your clients, please contact coordinator{at}communityliteracy.ca or 604.466.8254.

We’ve produced a guide book with tips and techniques on starting an Outreach Book Club.  If you’d like a copy, please contact coordinator{at}communityliteracy.ca or 604.466.8254.

 

 

FREE Financial Literacy Workshops

November 6th, 2012

Ridge Meadows College and Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee proudly present:

November 7, 7-9 PM – FREE Basic Banking workshop.  Ridge Meadows College and the Community Literacy Committee are co-hosting a FREE Basic Banking presented by Vancity volunteers.  This workshop provides individuals with an understanding of basic banking and financial services concepts.  Participants can expect to gain a working knowledge of money, banking, lending and the regulations necessary for handling financial transactions.  To register for this informative, hands on workshop call 604.466.6555 x 203, fax: 604.463.5437 or email rmc@sd42.ca.  This workshop is held at Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC.

November 14, 7-9 PM – FREE Loans workshop.  Ridge Meadows College and the Community Literacy Committee are co-hosting a FREE workshop on Loans presented by Vancity volunteers.  Participants can expect to understand how loans function, costs and obligations of owning a loan including payment terms.   To register for this informative, hands on workshop call 604.466.6555 x 203, fax: 604.463.5437 or email rmc@sd42.ca.  This workshop will be held at Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC.

November 21, 7-9 PM – FREE Credit Card workshop.  Ridge Meadows College and the Community Literacy Committee are co-hosting a FREE workshop on Credit Cards presented by Vancity volunteers.  Participants can expect to discuss how credit cards function and what the cost of credit really is.   To register for this informative, hands on workshop call 604.466.6555 x 203, fax: 604.463.5437 or email rmc@sd42.ca.  This workshop will be held at Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC.

November 28, 7-9 PM – FREE workshop on Preventing Identity Theft.  Ridge Meadows College and the Community Literacy Committee are co-hosting a FREE workshop on Preventing Identity Theft presented by Vancity volunteers.  Participants can expect to learn about various theft schemes and how to protect yourself. To register for this informative, hands on workshop call 604.466.6555 x 203, fax: 604.463.5437 or email rmc@sd42.ca.  This workshop will be held at Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC.

Click on this link – Financial Literacy Poster RMC – to view the poster for these exciting workshops.

 

New and Exciting Literacy Challenge

September 27th, 2012

The Literacy Challenge is back. The newly re-vamped Literacy Challenge encourages Teachers and Students to record time spent on out-of-school literacy activities – not related to school curriculum – as individuals, then  to compile the totals for submission to the Literacy Committee.  The Classroom with the highest number number of minutes per student between October 15, 2012 and January 15, 2013 will win a SMART board SBX885 (graciously donated by Sharp Audio Visual) for their school, a pizza lunch and books for their classroom.  Other prizes will be announced during the contest period.

Teachers who want their classrooms to participate, must first register for the Literacy Challenge, by emailing coordinator@communityliteracy.ca with the following information:

  • Teachers Name
  • Teachers phone number
  • School name
  • Classroom grade
  • Number of students in the classroom

The Community Literacy Committee will confirm each Teacher’s registration by return email.  To learn more about the Literacy Challenge check out these tools and resources:

For those of you not sure what kinds of literacy activities qualify, check out this link for some ideas:

Have fun turning off the TV and exploring literacy!

Want more information, contact a Literacy Coordinator at coordinator{at}communityliteracy.ca.

Sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing Inspiring Stories: Celebrating Who We Are

August 14th, 2012

Throughout the communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, literacy activities are woven in to many of our programs, services, and the activities we do on a daily basis.  Whether we are take our children to Puppets in the Park, attend Bard on the Bandstand, join a Mother Goose  program with our young child, visit a Strong Start program for parents and pre-school children,  or participate in a book or writing clubs we are doing literacy activities.

And participating in Literacy Activities can be rewarding; just ask Alyssa the May winner of the Community Literacy Challenge who won prizes for simply reading a book and blogging about her activities.   New opportunities to participate in literacy pop up all the time.  For example, I recently received an email through the Community Network Email distribution that highlights just one example.

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services is currently running a 2012 Story Sharing Contest until October 31 of this year.  Sponsored by the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times, the top five selected one-page stories will be published in Times newspaper, will receive public recognition, and receive a Community Services Gift Basket.  See, prizes! What did I tell you…

It`s a great opportunity to get your fingers dancing across the keyboard and share the story of how you became involved in the community, gave someone support, helped someone who was feeling alone or depressed, or how you overcame a personal challenge.   I can`t wait to read the end results.  To learn more, visit http://comservice.bc.ca/events/community-services-events for the detail or contact Community Services directly at 604.467.6911.

May Community Literacy Challenge Winner

July 3rd, 2012

Alyssa, May Literacy Challenge Winner Accepts her Prize Package

Green Eggs and Ham… Yum Yum.  Or Maybe Not!

Green Eggs and Ham don’t sound very yummy to our May Literacy Challenge Winner.  However, she did think they were excellent ingredients for a children’s book.

Alyssa, recently submitted her entry to the Community Literacy Challenge after reading Green Eggs and Ham, one of Dr. Seuss’ most famous books.

Alyssa enjoyed turning off the TV and reading book in part because Dr. Seuss is “really funny.”   Alyssa found the part about Sam trying (but not wanting to try) the green eggs and ham, particularly funny.  Even more so, when Sam actually enjoyed them.

When asked if she’d like to try green eggs and ham, Alyssa doesn’t think so.  But then you never know.

As the May winner, Alyssa receives a gift certificate to Tales and Tomes Used Books and the Flying Wedge Pizza.

I wonder if she’ll ask if she can get a Green Eggs and Ham pizza from Flying Wedge?

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a Book Launch April 22nd – ‘Circle of Cranes’ by Annette Lebox

March 8th, 2012

The Community Literacy Committee is proud to support

Annette Lebox in the launch of her new book Circle of Cranes.

Please join us:

Sunday April 22, 2012

2pm

St. Andrews United Church

22165 Dewdney Trunk Road

for an afternoon of music, dance, and literary arts.

Family Literacy Day Carnival a roaring success!

February 2nd, 2012

Family Literacy Day Carnival a hit!

Face Painting by Sharon Malone, Emerald Pig Theatre Society, at the Family Literacy Day Carnival 2012

Friday’s Family Literacy Day Carnival at the Maple Ridge Public Library was a roaring success!  With over 450 visitors, the library was vibrating with energy and enthusiasm.  Children and their parents enjoyed carnival activities including a bean bag toss, race to solve a puzzle, face painting station, problem solving puzzles, word games, and a special musical surprise.   This Family Literacy Day celebration was the largest yet and was offered through a partnership between the Maple Ridge Public Library and the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee (CLC).

First ever Flashmob in Maple Ridge Public Library.

Showstoppers Flashmob Dancers at the Family Literacy Day Carnival 2012

Library patrons who attended the Family Literacy Day Carnival on Friday, January 27th, enjoyed a special musical surprise at 4 PM that involved over 80 people singing and dancing.  As the sounds of “Don’t Stop Believing” rang out through the Library, patrons stopped and looked.  Participants of the flashmob swayed and sung to the music while holding uplifting signs  – dream, believe, learn, grow, listen and of course, READ – to encourage people to continue to improve their literacy skills.   This message was further enhanced by the varied Carnival activities located throughout the library for families to enjoy.

A video of the flashmob can be found at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yaf4m23Ykgc

 

Thanks to our Partners and Volunteers

Successful events like the Family Literacy Day Carnival don’t just happen.  They are the result of community partnerships and hundreds of volunteer hours.  The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee would like to say a BIG Thank You to each of the 100+ volunteers who showed up to support this event – either through publicizing the events, hosting a Literacy Booth and sharing the Literacy message, manning the popcorn machine, participating in the Flashmob (over 70 involved), or taking pictures of the event.

Our Community Partners are also essential to the success of this event and of the work that the Literacy Committee does as a whole.  Special Thanks go out to:

  • Caja Blomley –  future professional video editor
  • Sharon Malone & John Bell – face painters extra-ordinary
  • Friends of the Library Volunteers
  • Envision Credit Union – Popcorn and Popcorn Machine
  • Showstoppers Academy of Performing Arts  and all the singers, dancers, and their parents
  • The Maple Ridge NEWs – advertising and promotion
  • The Maple Ridge Times – media coverage and press releases
  • Maple Ridge Public Library

We couldn’t have done it without you!

Family Literacy Day Carnival – January 27th

January 19th, 2012

Come on Over to our Family Literacy Day Carnival – It’s FREE

Date & Time: January 27th, 2012, 3:00—4:30 PM

Location: Maple Ridge Public Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee and the Fraser Valley Regional Library with a fun family carnival.  Held annually on January 27, Family Literacy Day raises awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Carnival activities will include a bean bag toss, puzzle races, alphabet fishing pool, other literacy games and a musical surprise!  Don’t miss this exciting literacy event.

Coming to the carnival counts as literacy time for the Community Literacy Challenge!

It’s easy and free to participate in the Community Literacy Challenge and you could win great prizes! Visit the Community Literacy table at the carnival or go to www.communityliteracy.ca to learn more about this exciting challenge and to register.

January 11th – Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

January 4th, 2012

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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