Story time for Literacy Day

Literacy was top of mind for schools and libraries in the Boundary last week as Family Literacy Day was celebrated.

It was dress-up day at the local elementary schools on the last Wednesday of January when literacy was the focus of a daylong get-together at Greenwood Elementary for students from the four West Boundary Elementary Schools.

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually in January to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. To celebrate Family Literacy Day in the West Boundary the Midway Library and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) hosted a special story time last Friday at the library.

Upcoming CBAL events in the West Boundary include:

Free Computer Skills Mini-Lessons from noon to 3 p.m. over three days, Tuesday through Thursday Feb. 10-12 at the Boundary Learning Centre above the public health office in Midway at 540 Seventh St. Laptops will be available with Internet connectivity. Please bring a flash drive to save your work—there is no printer access.

These one-to-one mini-lessons can cover a variety of areas: general computer skills, Word, Excel, Internet, Facebook, email, etc. For more information call 250-446-2513.

A CBAL writer’s group is forming in Midway too. “We are forming a writer’s group here in Midway,” reads their poster. “You may be a published writer, or have never put pen to paper. All are welcome. If you have ever thought you may be the next Hemmingway, or Stephen King now is the time.” For information contact John H. Fair at 250-449-2639.

All CBAL literacy programs are free. CBAL also provides free tutoring for adult learners, English as a second language and free training and ongoing support for volunteer adult tutors.

All programs are confidential. Programs can be arranged in various Boundary locations. For more information contact West Boundary Community Literacy Outreach worker Evelyn Booth at westboundaryliteracy@gmail.com or by phone at 250-446-2512.