September's Literacy News


Today - September 8th - is
National Literacy Day


"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope -

 Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection."   

Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan

Today is International Literacy Day, a day when UNESCO reminds us that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. For more information about International Literacy Day click here.  To access a blog that lists "best" resources for teaching literacy skills you can click here.  It is worth a click and a look!  If you click here, you can see a very informative info-graphic about international literacy.  


Literacy is Life Campaign - Month of September

Decoda Literacy Solutions is launching a province-wide fundraising and awareness campaign called  Literacy is Life. The campaign will raise awareness of the importance of literacy; create a new, modern understanding of literacy; and raise funds to ensure that community-based literacy programs across British Columbia can support the people who depend on them.

You can learn more about the Literacy is Life campaign by going to 

Did you know literacy matters for HEALTH??  Thirty percent of those with high literacy say they have excellent health, compared to 19 percent of those with low literacy. Researchers estimate that three to five percent of total health care costs are due to limited understanding about health information.  This translates into $680 million each year in B.C.  

Literacy Manifestos
The Tri-Cities Literacy Committee purchased 300 Literacy Manifestos to be distributed throughout the community.  If you would like to see what they look like, click here.  These manifestos are available for your organization and if you want some please contact Barb Mancell -  

Stories Galore and More - a big success AGAIN!  



During July and August, Stories Galore and More facilitators Tazeen, Linda and Deborah, along with numerous volunteers from Community Volunteer Connections, visited seven parks per week for six weeks.  The program was a success because of the partnerships of many community organizations. For example, in the photos above, you can see how the Port Moody Library came to Rocky Point Park to have a book swap at the same time as the program.  Thank you to all the organizations who helped us get this off the ground once again:  Coquitlam Parks and Rec, Port Coquitlam Parks and Rec, The City of Port Moody, Tri-Cities Family Place, Community Volunteer Connections, Terry Fox Library, Port Moody Library and the Coquitlam Public Libary.  Thank you to Decoda and Raise a Reader for providing the funds for this program.  
Our final count of participants over the six weeks:  1065 children and adults.

Speaking of Raise a Reader...

Volunteers are still needed for the Westcoast Express Station in Coquitlam on Raise a Reader Day - September 24th.  It is fun getting up REALLY early to hawk newspapers!  You can sign up to volunteer at this link:

Something Fun to Read 
According to this article, Readers, scientifically, are the best people to fall in love with.  Click here to read the article....what do you think???




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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:
TBA - date negotiations in progress!!

Family Literacy Working Group:
Tuesday, Sept. 16th 1:30 - 3:00  Location TBA

Adult Literacy Working Group:

Wed. Sept. 10th at 3:00 at City Centre Library


Free Drop-in Literacy Programs at your Local Malls:

Coquitlam Centre:

Family Play and Learn Night:

Wednesday, Sept. 24th from 5:30 - 7:30
Meet on the lower level outside the Hudson's Bay

This month's theme:

Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic

Please check on the Coquitlam Centre website to ensure that this program will take place this month.  Due to the BCTF strike, this program may have to be cancelled for September.

Lougheed Mall:

Saturday mornings at 10:30 am by London Drugs

September 6: North Pole - Magnet Making
September 13: Dinosaurs - Clothes Peg Dinos'
September 20: Buildings & Construction- Junk Modelling
September 27: Fall Has Arrived 

Coffee and Writing Night in Port Coquitlam

Coffee & Writing Night will take place on alternating Mondays, where attendees have a chance to relax and work in the company of other writers in the community and share work. Swap stories, read books, or work on your magnum opus. All skill levels are welcome.
Cost: $2 More info: 604.927.8400 or
When Mon Sep 8, 2014 3:30pm – 6:30pm Pacific Time - Vancouver
Where #1100 - 2253 Leigh Square Place Port Coquitlam, BC (The Gathering Place
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:


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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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