"Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it." --G.K. Chesterton

Friday, September 30, 2011

Celebrating Tri-Cities literacy

One of the better things about campaigning for council is the opportunity it affords a candidate to meet many people, not only on the doorstep, but also at the varied events to which one suddenly finds oneself invited.
Yesterday afternoon and evening, I had the pleasure of participating in two, the first of which was the Tri-Cities Literacy Celebration, at the Poirier branch of the Coquiltam Public Library.
The gathering not only gave library Director Rhian Piprell the opportunity to show off the library's book bus (pictured with Ms. Piprell, above), but also to thank the school district and many other individuals and organizatiions involved in the important project. In 2005, the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee was formed to explore ways to enhance literacy in our community, and in 2008, the commiteee began to implement a three-year Community Literacy Plan.
Now, there's a variety of effective programs, inluding: Adult Literacy Book Club, the Big Books program, Books for BC Babies, Adult Literacy Tutoring Buddies, Health Literacy Kits for ESL Learners, the Imagination Library, English Practice Groups, and a Volunteer Language Bank. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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