Literacy News

Spring is in the Air - Spring into Literacy

Spring is all about new beginnings, and there is no better time of year to refresh your skills and focus on lifelong learning. Here are a few fun ways to keep your literacy skills sharp: (thanks to ABC Life Literacy for these ideas)  

~Get back to nature. Teach the kids how to plant a garden or take them on a hike and see if they can point out all the different species of trees. Remember, learning happens in everything we do!
~Baking is a great family literacy activity. Find a fun new spring recipe and make the dish together to keep numeracy and literacy skills sharp.  See below for some ideas on how Food and Literacy go together
~Celebrate Earth Day! In celebration of Earth Day (April 22), do some research to find out how you can help take better care of the planet. Why not create a compost in your backyard?
~Increase your financial literacy skills. During this tax season take a course to learn more about RRSPs, RESPs, budgeting, investments or banking. (Or check out some great financial literacy tips and resources at )

For more fun literacy tips and activities visit

What do Food and Literacy have to do with each other?


    Family mealtimes support the development of literacy skills because there is a great fit between preparing food, eating meals and learning together as a family.  Here are two resources that give ideas and tools and how to use family mealtimes as fun learning experiences.        


Learn more about Let's Talk by clicking here
A hands on approach to family food and fun can be found on this website: click here

Speaking of Healthy Kids....the Tri-Cities Healthy Kids Fair is coming to Port Coquitlam this month:

Funding News
The Tri-Cities Literacy Committee is happy to report that funding for literacy coordination (LOC - Literacy Outreach Coordination) will be continuing for the next year.  The funding will be the same amount that was provided the past year.  












Literacy Committee Meetings:

Do you LOVE meetings?  If you would like to participate in any of the working group meetings please e-mail or phone Barb Mancell for more information:

Steering Committee:
Mon., April 27th - 3:00  @ Poirier Library

ESL Working Group:
TBD - Doodle will be sent out this week

Family Literacy Working Group:
Tues. May 5th - 1:30 @ Poirier Library

Adult Literacy Working Group:

Mon. June 29th - 1:15 at Urban Gate Restaurant 


Free Drop-in Literacy Programs at your Local Malls:

Coquitlam Centre:

Family Play and Learn Night:

Wednesday, Apr. 29th from 5:30 - 7:30
Meet on the lower level outside the Hudson's Bay

This month's theme:

Screen Free

Lougheed Mall:

Saturday mornings at 10:30 am by London Drugs
April 4 M is for My Easter
April 11 N is for Names
April 18 O is for Owls
April 25 P is for Postage
Check out : for more information

 Workshops, Webinars and Conferences
You Might be Interested in:


Alpha Plus has free tech webinars on Tuesdays.  Coming up this month and next month:  You Tube and Instagram.  For more info click here

The Adult Basic Education Association of BC is holiding a conference at Harrison Hot Springs on April 30th and May 1st.  Click here for more information.

 Literacy Resources for you to look at this month:


Five PBS LearningMedia Resources to Strengthen Students’ Information Literacy:  Click here for more information.
Read about the positive effects of reading with dogs:

Check out Decoda's great ideas and library resources at




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