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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.



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]


Car, Train, Plane or Bus…Literacy Activities to go

March 1st, 2012

Avoid bored and cranky kids and the constant “Are we there yet?” with these great travel activities.

Spring break is fast approaching and with a two week break from school, many families will be traveling or looking for things to do together.  There are lots of literacy based activities that are fun for the whole family that can be taken with you where ever you go. Favorite travel games include: Licence Plate Bingo, Count the Cows,  I Spy an ABC, revolving story, or a on the go scavenger hunt.  These types of activities are a great way to keep your kids occupied and entertained for hours on end.

Check out these links for some ideas:

Alternatively, consider picking up an audio book that everyone can listen to.  Classic stories that your family might enjoy include:

  • Nanny McPhee Returns, White Fang and the Call of the Wild, Bless this Mouse, Elmo’s World, Curious George… the list goes on.

Free audio books can be found online:

Travel games and stories are a great ways to disconnect your child(ren) from the portable DVD player and have fun as a family.  An added plus is that ALL of the activities listed above involve some form of literacy and are acceptable activities for the Community Literacy Challenge.

Not sure what the Community Literacy Challenge is?  Then visit to learn more and to register.  Monthly prizes are awarded to regular bloggers, so sign up and get blogging!

Or 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 coordinator{at}


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.

2011 Community & District Literacy Plan Unveiled

June 13th, 2011

June 8th, 2011. Maple Ridge BC.

A short presentation by Jessie Hill, Co-Chair of the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie Community Literacy Committee unveiled the 2011 Community and District Literacy Plan.  “This plan outlines where we’ve been and where we are going” notes Hill.  “It’s been an exciting year for our committee.  We spent the last 12 months re-evaluating the Committee’s role and re-aligning the work we are doing with our vision & mission.  We’ve hired three new Literacy Outreach Workers to help us promote the literacy agenda in the community.”

The Community and District Literacy Plan is a visual reminder of how far the Task Group has come.  It reflects the re-organization and re-vitalization process that the Committee has worked through and celebrates with a clean, new logo and brand.

“Our Literacy Plan not only looks good.  It’s also written in the plain language making it easy for community to read.  This year’s Literacy Plan was designed to be a marketing tool… we want everyone to read it and to learn more about the state of literacy in our communities” comments Hill.

In March 2007, the British Columbia government introduced legislation recognizing the equally significant role that Boards of Education and community organizations play in educating people of all ages.  This legislation required Boards of Education to work with community partners in creating and implementing District Literacy Plans to promote literacy.

While the School District is ultimately responsible for submitting the District Literacy Plan, the compilation of plan involved representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups.  These included: Fraser Valley Regional Library, Douglas College, Bowman Employment, Corrections BC, SD42, Maple Ridge Historical Society, District of Maple Ridge, Fraser Health, Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, Katzie First Nations, and passionate community members.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) requires District Literacy Plans to be:

  • inclusive of education from early learning through adult learning;
  • collaborative; and,
  • prepared and published annually by July 15th.

Read this year’s Community and District Literacy Plan click here: CDLP 2011

Need more information, contact a Literacy Outreach Worker.