Archive for the ‘Literacy by Age / Stage’ category

100th Day of Schooling Celebration

March 10th, 2014


A random act of kindness: students at Edith McDermitt showcase the books they collected and are donating to the Literacy Committee.

“Oh my goodness–we had such a terrific 100 day!!”  commented Betty McLeod, a Kindergarten teacher at Edith McDermitt Elementary in Pitt Meadows.  McLeod, along with another Kindergarten teacher, Kate Nunez celebrated the 100th Day of School by collecting “100 pieces of lego, building with 100 dixie cups. 100 second jumping, hopping, making 100 with Oreo cookies and pretzel stick, collecting 100 chocolate kisses. The biggest accomplishment was we collected 158 books between the 2 classes!!!  How cool is that?” McLeod commented in an email.

Very cool!  This random act of kindness by the Kindergarten students has put 158 books into the hands of the Literacy Committee for re-distribution at community events.  By donating story books the children in McLeod and Nunez’s classes are sharing their love of reading and some of their favourite stories.

For the Literacy Committee it  is a win-win all around.  The children are excited that the books will be passed on; the Literacy Committee is excited to have a new stock of books to hand out; and, those visit the Literacy Committee booth at upcoming community events (Earth Day – April 26th and Literacy Day at the Haney Farmers Market – June 7th) will have a wider selection of books to choose from.  

A special Thank You goes out to the children and families in McLeod and Nunez’s classes at Edith McDermitt for collecting and donating the books.  They will be treasured by their new owners!




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.

Teens find Financial Links helpful

January 23rd, 2014

My name is Kelly and I’m a mentor at our local community center. The kids that I mentor wanted me to email you on their behalf and tell you that they think your page,, has some great sites on financial literacy. We ended up bookmarking some.  

Thanks Kelly for sending  us the email.  Check out the Comments section of the above page to find read the humorous take on some of the worlds strangest taxes that Kelly and her teens sent us!



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











Managing your money… a life skill.

May 28th, 2013

When we think about literacy, few of us think about money.  However, how we manage our money is in fact one component of literacy.  How we manage (or don’t manage) our money directly impacts our quality of life.  In the literacy world, it’s called: financial literacy.

Financial literacy is knowing how to manage our money to meet our personal and family goals.  Money management is something that few families discuss.  Our parent’s don’t teach us and it’s only recently become a topic in our schools.

So, if we haven’t learned about how to manage money at home or at school, where have we learned?  Most of us learn about money through trial and error, experience, and watching what others do.

Across the country there are organizations that are working to improve our money management knowledge.   Organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy, Practical Money Skills – Canada, and the Task Force on Financial Literacy are exploring how we handle our money with research, programs and services, and online tools.

Locally in British Columbia a number of programs and services are offered.  Whether looking for help for yourself or a friend,  check out these programs and services as a starting point:

Locally, the Literacy Committee is partnering with non profit organizations, and the above noted agencies, to strengthen local financial literacy.  Learn more about how partnering with us works by reading this Invitation to Partner on Financial Literacy 2013.  Want to know what our Financial Service Partners offer, read Financial Services Description 2013.

Interested in hosting a Financial Literacy workshop for your clients or the public, contact Angie McLeod.



Teen Resume Workshop

May 2nd, 2013

The Maple Ridge Library and WorkBC have partnered to offer a Teen Resume Workshop on May 7 from 5pm to 7pm at WorkBC, #170-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge.  Registration required by calling Maple Ridge Public Library 604-467-7417 or go to the second floor information desk.

Click here for Teen Resume Workshop poster.

Wine helps literacy… honest!

April 18th, 2013

So, here’s the thread of logic:

*Our drop-in literacy resource centre, Learning Room, is located within the CEED Centre.

**The CEED Centre is holding a fundraiser Cheers to the Planet! a celebration of organic, local and sustainably produced wine, beer and food.

***Cheers to the Planet! is held on Saturday April 27 from 6pm to 9pm at Meadowridge School which will be transformed into an elegant setting in which you can wander from display to display sampling some of the best local food, beers, and wine.   The $45 ticket includes food, drink, live music, and great silent-auction shopping.  No tax and no tipping – a great deal and wonderful event.

****You can help the CEED Centre AND the Literacy Committee by buying your ticket from Angie, Elaine or Shanti, because $5 from every ticket we sell will go toward supporting the Community Literacy Committee.

Therefore wine  helps … literacy!

Contact us for your tickets:

Please help us spread the word and tell your friends about this great opportunity to support local food/beer/wine producers, the CEED Centre and of course literacy….all with a glass of wine in your hand.

Check out the facebook page: Cheers To The Planet


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

15 Minutes of Fun!

January 16th, 2013

January is family literacy month.  It’s a time to celebrate and embrace all types of learning – formal and informal.  We all like to do things that are fun; we like to play games, do arts and crafts, sing and perform, or share our stories.  Each creates an opportunity for learning to happen.

Here are some quick and fun 15 minute activities.  Try something new.  Be creative.  Most of all, have fun!

  1. Create your own comic strip about your family.
  2. Invent two new endings to your favourite book.
  3. Make up a new recipe together and post it online.
  4. Explore another city from the comfort of your home by going online.  What’s exciting?
  5. Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.
  6. Sing five songs really, really loud!
  7. Make up a family theme song using everyone’s names and favourite activities.
  8. Invent a new game while playing at the park.
  9. Read a story to your pet (or favourite toy).
  10. Create your own story populated by friends and family.  Share it with them.
  11. Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.
  12. Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.
  13. Log on to your favourite word game – can you beat your best score?
  14. Create your family tree.
  15. Play rhyming “I Spy” – “I spy something that rhymes with…”
  16. Play a board or card game together.
  17. Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.
  18. Learn how to knit or crochet.
  19. Paint or draw a picture of what you see outside your window.
  20. Find 20 things that begin with the letter “S”.

Still looking for some new fun ideas of how you can learn together, check out our Family Literacy page or visit us at one of the Family Literacy Day events.




15 Minutes a day… that’s all it takes!

January 3rd, 2013

According to ABC Life Literacy, just “15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically.”   The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee is partnering with our local libraries to explore activities that parents can do with their children to improve a child’s literacy skills.

Many of these activities can be done while driving to and from activities, some don’t look or feel like literacy activities at all, and some are down right fun.  It’s just a matter of figuring out what works for your family and we can help with that…

Join us to explore Family Literacy at either or both of our two exciting, fun-filled FREE family events:

Sharing our Stories Open House, Pitt Meadows Public Library

Saturday January 19, 2013 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Join us to explore how stories have influenced our lives and shaped the lives that we lead at this fun filled family event.  Take part in a traditional Katzie welcome prayer, listen raptly during story time, or visit one of the fun interactive activity stations designed to entertain children of all ages.

This FREE Open House has something for everyone – children, youth, adults, and seniors. Refreshments and snacks provided between 11 AM – 1 PM.  Come share your story, and hear those of local residents!

Family Literacy Fair, Maple Ridge Public Library

Saturday January 26, 2013 from 2 PM to 4 PM

Test your skills at the interactive Amazing Literacy Race stations, listen to Paula Justis bring stories to life, join in a drumming circle Boris Sichon, take a bread in the teen lit cafe, or take part in one of the many other fun filled activities during our Family Literacy Fair.   Prizes to be won!  Get your passport stamped as you travel around the stations to be eligible to win great prizes including a Kobo E Reader and gift certificates for books.


For more information call 604.721.3738 or email: coordinator[at]