100th Day of Schooling Celebration

March 10th, 2014 by Community Literacy Committee No comments »

 

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!

 

 

 

Buy Cheers to the Planet Tickets

March 6th, 2014 by ladmin No comments »

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
604-466-2966
tea@beanaroundbooks.com

and

The Learning Room, within the CEED Centre
11739 223rd Street, Maple Ridge
604-721-3738

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

 

Volunteer Tutor Training starts soon!

February 17th, 2014 by Community Literacy Committee No comments »

Interested in helping those those struggling with literacy issues?  The Literacy Committee is currently looking for volunteers to train to help adult learners improve their literacy skills.    

Our free Volunteer-Tutor Training Program starts March 3rd and will run for 4 sessions.  These workshops will take place at Riverside Centre (Room 1073) at 20575 Thorne Avenue, Maple Ridge at the times noted below.   Riverside Centre is located between 203 and 207th Avenues on Thorne.  Free parking available on site.

Please mark ALL the following dates in your calendar.

  • Monday, March 3, 6:30 PM. – approx. 9 PM
  • Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m. – approx. 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 10, 6:30 PM to approx. 9 PM
  • Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 PM to approx. 9 PM

Light snacks and beverages provided.

To learn more about and/or to register for the CLC’s Volunteer Tutoring Program, please contact AL@communityliteracy..ca or call 604.220.5231 or 604 721.3738.

 

Learning together: Pre-school Literacy Explorer kits

February 11th, 2014 by Community Literacy Committee No comments »

Pre-School Literacy Explorer Kits

AVAILABLE TO BORROW NOW

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 coordinator@communityliteracy.ca 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.

Family Literacy Day 2014: Two Successful Events

February 7th, 2014 by Community Literacy Committee No comments »

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 literacy.ca or call us at 604.721.3738.

 

Puppeteer Elspeth Bowers shares stories at Family Literacy Day

January 30th, 2014 by Community Literacy Committee No comments »
Elspeth

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

 

 

 

 

Teens find Financial Links helpful

January 23rd, 2014 by Community Literacy Committee No comments »

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, http://communityliteracy.ca/links-and-resources/managing-money-an-important-life-skill/teens-money, 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!

 

 

Volunteer Information Session

January 20th, 2014 by ladmin No comments »

Wednesday January 29, 2014  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Room 1073 Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Avenue

 

Find out how you can help support literacy in our community.  The Literacy Committee needs volunteers for a variety of positions.  Some of our volunteers help out on a regular basis, others only when they have time.

 

Here are a few examples of what our volunteers might do:  work with adult learners (next free training session starts March 3), help out at events, join our Committee, or prepare our newsletter.

 

Come to this Volunteer Information Session to learn more about the Literacy Committee and our many volunteer opportunities.  Please RSVP to 604 721-3738.

Managing Money. A Primer for Learning.

November 25th, 2013 by Community Literacy Committee No comments »

capture2 Managing Money Better

November is Financial Literacy Month.  For the Literacy Committee, this has meant that time has been spent gathering resources and links to help individuals learn how to better manage their money.

The number of resources out there is endless.  To help you learn more, we have compiled our Money. Money. Money page, with resources to help people of all ages manage their money better.

It is a gateway to the basic information you need.  In some cases, we have suggested search terms to help you find more resources or suggested a visit to your local librarian.

Looking for more in-person resources, visit this page often, subscribe to our twitter feed @mrpmliteracy, or follow us on Facebook to learn about money workshops hosted by our community partners.

 

Volunteer Information Session

September 4th, 2013 by ladmin No comments »

Monday September 16th  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Room 1073 Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Avenue

 

Find out how you can help support literacy in our community.  The Literacy Committee needs volunteers for a variety of positions.  Some of our volunteers help out on a regular basis, others only when they have time.

 

Here are a few examples of what our volunteers might do:  work with adult learners (next free training session starts September 23rd), help out at events, join our Committee, or prepare our newsletter.

 

Come to this information session to learn more about the Literacy Committee and our many volunteer opportunities.  Please RSVP to 604 721-3738.

 

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