Literacy News for May

Screen Free Week - May 5 - 11
   In a coordinated effort to spread the message throughout the Tri-Cities about the need for children to balance ‘screen time’ with ‘real time’, the Coquitlam Optimists, Coquitlam School District, Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Committee, and Tri-Cities Middle Childhood Matters have partnered to launch the “Unplug & Connect” initiative.   

If you would like some more info and/or resources about Screen Free Week click here.   For a great five minute (spoken word) video about looking up instead of down at your screen, click here.                               
Spreading the Word about Family Literacy at the

Healthy Kids Fair  in Coquitlam

On April 24th over 400 children and adults visited the Healthy Kids Fair at the Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam.  This was a great opportunity for the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee to spread the word about Family Literacy.  
The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award

Learn more about this innovation award by going to

Here is a Contest for you - You could win an ipad or smart phone!!







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: or 604 787 4607

Steering Committee:
Tues., May 13th -1:30 @ Poirier Library, Board Room

ESL Working Group:
Mon.  June 2nd - 2:30 - 4:00 @ Montgomery Centre

Family Literacy Working Group:
Wed., May 28th- 10 am @Poirier Library, Board Room

Adult Literacy Working Group:

Wed., July 2nd - noon @ The Urban Gate, Coquitlam


Free Drop-in Literacy Programs at your Local Malls:

Coquitlam Centre:

Family Play and Learn Night:

Wednesday, May 28th  from 5:30 - 7:30
Meet on the lower level outside the Hudson's Bay

This month's theme:

Magnificent Magnets

Lougheed Mall:

Saturday mornings at 10:30 am by London Drugs

May 3: Mexico/Cinco De Mayo - Mosaic Madness
May 10: Mother's Day - A Picture Frame for Mom
May 17: Funny Faces - Design a Funny Face
May 24: It's Everybody's Birthday! - Designing Sweets & Treats
May 31: Vacations - Postcard Making


 Workshops, Webinars and Conferences
You Might be Interested in:


The Centre for Family Literacy’s 2014 Family Literacy Institute will be held in Calgary from May 12th – May 16th.  Click here to learn more.


Literacy Resources for you to look at this month:

Decoda ~ They have a NEW website!  Check it out at  
Rhymers are Readers - The importance of learning Nursery Rhymes - click here

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Do You Want to Learn More about our Literacy Committee?

If you want to learn about who and what our literacy committee is about - please visit our website. You can view information about the literacy projects we have undertaken in the Tri-Cities, you can check out past newsletters and you can read the minutes from our Working Group meetings.  
The website is  



"the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read."  Mark Twain

"Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don't believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it."  John Steinbeck
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