October's Literacy News


       Raise a Reader Day - Sept. 24th


It was a dark and stormy morning but that didn't stop local keeners from
hawking newspapers for Raise-a-Reader funds!  Thank you to Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay along with Dave, Linda, Barb and Lynne for showing up at the Westcoast Express Station in Port Moody at 6 am last Wednesday.
Thank you to ALL the local people who got up early to volunteer for Raise-a-Reader in other locations in the Tri-Cities and the lower mainland. Click this link to read the announcement from the BC Government on their $500 000 contribution to Raise-a-Reader :  Raise-a-Reader News


Senior's Writing Workshop

In September, The Tri-Cities Literacy Committee's Adult Literacy Working Group partnered w ith Glen Pine Pavilion in Coquitlam to offer a six session Senior's Writing Workshop titled Writing Memorable Moments. The instructor, Sharon Cairney, worked with nine seniors to inspire and encourage them to write about a memorable moment in their life.  The participants appeared very happy with their new skills and the opportunity to spend some quiet time writing.  Here are a few quotes from the students:
 "looking at different memoirs helped to stimulate different types of writing...."  "I found joy in writing.  I liked being able to be away from my problems for two hours."  
Thank you to Sharon for offering such an interesting series of lessons for these people!  Here is a list of the titles of the students' memoirs:  

A Survivor of British Schooling
My Father, JB
The Butterfly Wing
Will's Dream
The summer I was Six
A Special Station Called Rowfant
I Believe
Of Combat and Double G Cup Bra


Latest Little Free Library opens Sept. 27th 


This Little Free Library is in front of the Port Moody Arts Centre on St. John's St.  It is one of several Little Free Libraries that opened this year with the help of a $250 grant from the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee. The January 2015 edition of Literacy News will feature pictures of all the Little Free Libraries in the Tri-Cities. For more information on how to get a grant to build your own Little Free Library, please contact Barb Mancell at 

This Month's Cool Idea...
Have you heard of the Drinkable Book?  You will be in awe when you see what it does.  
Click here to watch a short two minute video about the Drinkable Book.





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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:
Monday, October 20th at 10 am @ the Poirier Branch Boardroom

ESL Working Group:
Thursday, November 13th at 1:45 @ Montgomery Place

Family Literacy Working Group:
Tuesday, Nov. 18th 1:30 - 3:00  @ Poirier Library

Adult Literacy Working Group:

Wed. Nov. 5th at 2:45 @ City Centre Library


Free Drop-in Literacy Programs at your Local Malls:

Coquitlam Centre:

Family Play and Learn Night:

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

This month's theme:

Fabulous Fall

Lougheed Mall:

Saturday mornings at 10:30 am by London Drugs

October 4: Big Machines 
October 11: Thanksgiving - Turkey Fingers
October 18: Wild West - Cactus Headdress
October 25: A Not-So-Scary Halloween 

Workshops, Webinars and Conferences
You Might be Interested in:


This Fall, Decoda Literacy is offering Regional Training for Literacy Practitioners.  Go to their website: to find out more.  

On-line Resources for you to look at this month:

Have you checked out GCF's free online tutorials ? They are great for working with learners and for helping practitioners develop their technology skills.

How to get kids to love reading. Learn more.


Google search tricks. Learn more.


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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.  
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"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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