Archive for the ‘Literacy Events & Activities’ category

PAJAMA TALES: Family Storytelling with Saskatchewan Storyteller Kevin MacKenzie January 4!

December 20th, 2011

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  For more information about the storytelling workshop or to register contact the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Coordinator at or 604.466.8254.

Literacy Woven into Day to Day Activities

November 23rd, 2011

Promoting Literacy in Unusual Ways!

One of our Literacy Outreach Workers recently received a call from the Ad Manager, Carly Ferguson at the Maple Ridge News inquiring as to whether or not the Literacy Committee would like to submit a recipe to their upcoming Cookies and Carols Insert in the newspapers.  We’d like to extend a BIG Thank You to Carly and the team at the News for their ongoing support of literacy in our community.

Being a grassroots community group with no budget for marketing and promotion, we quickly jumped on the opportunity.  In addition, it gave the Committee the opportunity to showcase that Literacy Activities are truly integrated into every aspect of our life.  Including cooking.

Watch for this recipe in the News’ Cookies and Carols insert and give it a try!

Crunchy Cookies

This simple recipe is fun and easy for the family to make together.

Encourage your children to read the recipe, do the math to make a double batch (sharing is encouraged!), to measure the ingredients, and count the number of cookies the recipe makes.

Cooking together is a great way to create a fun, interactive learning experience for children and adults alike.



1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chow mein noodles

½ cup coconut


Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips in a double boiler.  Stir in walnuts, chow mein noodles and coconut.

Drop in clusters on to a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.  Chill in refridgerator until firm.


Store in an airtight container in a cool place.   Enjoy!


Yield 18 – 22 Crunchie Cookies.




Turn off the Screen and Win!

October 19th, 2011

Starting November 1st, 2011, local families and elementary students are being challenged to turn off the TV and replace this time with fun literacy activities.  This community-wide Literacy Challenge is one component of the exciting new “Part of the Solution” Campaign being launched by the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee.

“The Community Literacy Challenge is a great opportunity for families to learn together and to explore shared interests,” notes Angie McLeod, Literacy Outreach Coordinator.  “A family might choose to cook together from a recipe, visit family storytime at the library, play Scrabble, or read a favorite book.”

So, turn off the screens, track your literacy activities, and share your results by blogging at  Blog entries might include a write up on your family’s favorite story, a short story written by a participant, or a literacy activity that your family enjoys.  All bloggers are entered into our monthly prize draws.

To learn more about the Literacy Challenge, visit the Literacy Challenge webpage, read the rules, register, and explore literacy activities.  Questions? Contact Angie McLeod, Literacy Outreach Coordinator at 604 466 6275 or

Looking forward to seeing what types of literacy activities local families enjoy and discover.

International Literacy Day

September 2nd, 2011

Title: International Literacy Day
Date: 2011-09-08

Literacy Committee at Pitt Meadows Farmers Market

June 21st, 2011

Title: Literacy Committee at Pitt Meadows Farmers Market
Location: Spirit Square – 12007 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
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Description: Join the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee at this exciting Pitt Meadows Farmers Market. Come out and enjoy a day of Shakespeare with Bard at the Market, check out the produce and goods that our local farmers and artisans produce, and visit the literacy booth to explore what literacy is and why it is important. Sure to be a good time for the whole family. See you at the Market!
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2011-07-17
End Time: 15:00

Literacy Day at Haney Farmers Market

June 13th, 2011

Title: Literacy Day at Haney Farmers Market
Location: Haney Farmer Market
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Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2011-05-14
End Time: 14:00