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OECD Report on Literacy Skills

May 28th, 2014

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. They work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change.

In a recent OECD Report on Literacy Skills entitled, Skilled for Life?, the OECD emphasizes the importance of Literacy Skills:

“Those with low literacy skills are also more than twice as likely to be unemployed.”

To access the entire report, click HERE.


Canadian government quietly collapses the national literacy and essential skills network

May 28th, 2014

The Canadian Literacy and Learning Network is the national hub for research, information and knowledge exchange, increasing literacies and essential skills across Canada. CLLN, a non-profit charitable organization, represents literacy coalitions, organizations and individuals in every province and territory in Canada. They share knowledge, engage partners and stakeholders and build awareness to advance literacy and learning across Canada.

In a recent news release, they challenge the government’s rationale for ending Canada’s national literacy and essential skills network:

“Without an announcement or any consultation, it appears that the federal government has decided to quietly collapse Canada’s national literacy and essential skills network. This is happening at the same time as community literacy programs across Canada experience a seismic shift and uncertainty of sustained operations, while millions of dollars in federal funding is being effectively diverted from federal-provincial Labour Market Agreements and redirected to the unproven Canada Job Grant program.”

To read the entire news release, click HERE.


Buy Cheers to the Planet Tickets

March 6th, 2014

Buy Cheers to the Planet tickets from us and you will

  • support the CEED Centre,
  • support literacy, and
  • be able to sample local, sustainable and organic food, wine, beer and spirits

It’s a win – win – win !

 Paper tickets available at:

Bean Around Books & Tea
22626 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge


The Learning Room, within the CEED Centre
11739 223rd Street, Maple Ridge

Online tickets available here. Just put “referred by CLC” in the comments section.


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.


Puppeteer Elspeth Bowers shares stories at Family Literacy Day

January 30th, 2014

Come on Saturday to see storyteller and puppeteer, Elspeth Bowers celebrate the decades with stories, songs, and puppets for all ages.

Pitt Meadows Family Literacy Day

  • February 1st, 1 – 3:30 PM
  • Pitt Meadows Public Library

Stories have connected people and ideas for centuries.

As Ursula Le Guin said “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”

Stories are from the human mind.  They come through books, told stories, puppets, plays, movies, television, and computers.  They are told, sung, and chanted.  They are the shortest distance between truth and the human being.

On February 1st between 1 – 3:30 visit the Pitt Meadows Public Library to celebrate Family Literacy Day.  

This fun-filled family event will explore stories through the decades – particularly the past century – with displays, activities, and puppet shows.    Enter to win a prize basket, test your body with games and activities from past decades, or enjoy a Tim Horton’s coffee, hot chocolate, and tim bits.

Storyteller and puppeteer, Elspeth Bowers is hosting puppet shows at 1:15 PM and 2:15 PM that celebrate the decades with stories, songs, and puppets for all ages.   Fun is sure to be had by all!

For more information visit: Family Literacy Day 2014

Or, call Pitt Meadows Public Library at: 604 465 4113





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











Seniors Week

June 5th, 2013

Seniors Week celebrates seniors and their many contributions — providing an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the integral part seniors play in communities across British Columbia.

The communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have a wide array of special events and activities planned. Please see the Seniors Week Calendar of events and have fun celebrating BC’s Seniors!

For more information, contact Heather Treleaven, Seniors Network Coordinator at (604) 786-7404 or e-mail: htreleaven{at}

What makes for a perfect afternoon?

April 9th, 2013

recycle poster outlineGetting a new book at a book swap and cuddling up on some comfy cushions to read stories together.

For centuries stories have been used to pass on the traditions and values that families and society consider to be valuable.  Stories – whether told to individuals or groups – form the basis of much of our communication with each other; stories build links, identify common threads, and help us share experiences.  Stories influence our lives.  Good stories engage us and keep us spellbound for hours.

Join the Maple Ridge Public Library and the Literacy Committee on Earth Day – April 20th from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Storytelling Tent at Earth Day.  Help the planet out, bring a book, and exchange it for a new-to-you book the Community Literacy table.   New reading material is just an exchange away.  Or, settle into a comfy cushion and listen to a story being read aloud by Randy Kamp at 11:30 AM, Marc Dalton at 12 PM, and Ernie Daykin at 1 PM as part of the Maple Ridge Library’s celebration of Earth Day.

For more information about the Storytelling Tent activities, contact Sarah from FVRL at (604) 467-7417 or Angie from the Community Literacy at 604. 476.2447.    To learn more about the schedule of storytelling sessions, visit

Learning Together: Embracing the role of families

January 29th, 2013

PALS training January 2013For the Community Literacy Committee January has been about celebrating Family Literacy in its many forms – formal and informal.  To cap this celebration 20 early childhood educators and several community developers gathered for Parents as Literacy Supporters (PALS) training today.

Community-based conversations with local family service providers identified program leaders wanted to better support parents in their role as teacher to their children.  This lead to exploring what family literacy programs could be adapted to meet two local priorities: tools and resources for parents as they help teach their children; short, experiential based learning modules that could be easily inserted into existing programs.

The outcome of these conversations was PALS being brought to our community for local early childhood educators and teachers.  In our efforts to strengthen literacy in our community, the Community Literacy Committee is excited to have 20 early childhood educators trained to deliver Parents as Literacy Supporters modules in our community.  This is a great asset.  The more people who understand why literacy is important, know what informal and formal literacy look like, and have tools and resources to support parents in teaching their children – the stronger we become as a community.

To support the early childhood educators the following resources were highlighted as resources / tools: