Welcome to the September 2015 edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick newsletter. We've got some updates about the organization, news related to literacy in New Brunswick and much more. There are lots of exciting things happening at The Coalition, and while we can't tell you everything, here are a few updates! 
Help us make our vision a reality!

Literacy Coalition Update

The past few months have been busy at the LCNB! Here are a few of the key points:

Staff Departure

We're sad to announce the departure of our Executive Director, Natasha Bozek. Natasha was with the Literacy Coalition for 5 years in various capacities, and has left to pursue other exciting endeavors. Natasha will be sorely missed by everyone at the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, but we wish her all the best!

Greetings From Our Acting Executive Director, Lynda Homer:

It is with great enthusiasm that I begin my new position as Acting Executive Director for the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick.

My past involvement with the Literacy Coalition includes several years as Board member, Board President and Family Literacy Project Manager. It feels good to be back with this important organization!

I have had the opportunity to promote literacy and learning in a variety of settings throughout my career including teaching at the preschool, public school, college and university levels. I have also been Regional Director for Woodstock Early Intervention Services and Provincial Consultant for Early Childhood Services for the Province of New Brunswick. Most recently I have worked as an independent consultant focusing on early childhood education and literacy. My specialty areas include project management, program development and evaluation, training, staff development, research and report writing; I hope to put all of these skills to good use.

I look forward to working with all of you to advance literacy, lifelong learning and essential skills through continued partnerships and collaboration.

Annual General Meeting

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick's Annual General Meeting will be taking place on September 29th, 2015 in Fredericton New Brunswick. This meeting is a great opportunity to hear about the exciting things that have been going on at the Literacy Coalition over the past year, and also a chance to ask questions or give us feedback. If you're interested in attending, RSVP to as soon as possible! 

In The News

There's been lots of news about literacy in recent months, including an appearance by our President, Frank Hayes, on CTV!

Here are a few stories we think are worth reading.


Share your favourite books

The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) 
Fri Jul 3 2015 
Lori Gallagher 

You can introduce someone to a whole new world, share your favourite book or get your name first on the list to check out the latest bestseller, all while helping the Fredericton Public Library.

All you have to do is adopt a book.

For well over a decade, Friends of the Fredericton Public Library has been helping to freshen up the shelves of local libraries thanks to the support of Westminster Books and the annual Adopt-A-Book campaign.

"The main reason is to increase the number of books the libraries have and improve the collection," says Jennifer Petryshen, president of Friends of the Fredericton Public Library. "It gives librarians a chance to put together a list of things they might like to purchase for the library that they might not normally be able to do within their budget."

After all, the goal of the Friends is to support the library in whatever way they can, she says.

"Whether that's through raising money and giving it to the librarians directly to buy books or hosting things like Adopt-A-Book to encourage the public to come in and make donations to the library directly," she says.

Westminster Books makes it easy for people to participate in the campaign. The downtown store allows the Friends to come in and take over for six to eight weeks, says Petryshen. They put displays in the window and store featuring the books the library needs.

"It starts when the librarians make up wish lists of books," she says, which cover fiction, non-fiction and children's books. "They give the list to Westminster and they order in all those books."

Once they arrive, they are put on display, so people can come in, see what's needed and buy their favourites for the library.

Participants get 20 per cent off when they purchase a selection for the Adopt-A-Book campaign and Westminster Books sets aside their purchase to be delivered to the library.

"From there they get catalogued and go into circulation," says Petryshen. "And anyone who adopts gets to have first dibs on checking it out of the library, which is what I've done with the ones I've adopted."

Adopters will get a tax receipt for the purchase price of the book they adopted. As well, a book plate is included in each adopted book, so they can put their name on it or dedicate it to a friend or family member.

While the library is wishing for a wide range of books, she says, people aren't restricted to the list.

"They can choose any book in the store, or even if there was one they wanted to donate that Westminster didn't have in stock, the store is willing to order it in," she says.

She says it's a lot like your Christmas wish list.

"You'd super-duper like it if you got something on your wish list, but you're not going to turn away other gifts," she says.

By taking part in Adopt-A-Book, people are making a positive impact on the community by supporting the local library.

"It's nice to keep the collections refreshed and get new books in," says Petryshen.

Plus recent renovations at the downtown library mean shelf space needs to be filled.

"They have all these fabulous shelves and they look a little bare," she says.

Something people might not know about the library is that books have a shelf life. After they've been checked out so many times, they are retired from the collection due to normal wear and tear.

"A book only circulates a certain number of times until it's loved to death and it gets moved out of the collection," she says. "So there is natural attrition going on in the library."

Both branches of the Fredericton Public Library, which has locations downtown and in Nashwaaksis, benefit from the Adopt-A-Book campaign. Each has its own wish list and display table at Westminster Books.

"It's our favourite time of year for the Friends group. It's nice to see the collection of the library improved and it's another way to raise the profile of the library in the community," says Petryshen. "Every year we seem to find people who have never heard of Adopt-A-Book before."

Last year, Adopt-A-Book brought in a record 420 books for the Fredericton Public Library, and organizers would love to surpass that number with this campaign. With help from the community, they can.

As an added incentive, the Friends of the Fredericton Public Library gives out two Westminster Books gift certificates during the campaign. One, worth $150, was recently awarded to Marina Caissie.

"There is one more still to be awarded," says Petryshen. "At the end of the campaign, we do a draw for a $100 gift certificate for anybody who has adopted during the Adopt-A-Book period."

The campaign continues until Wednesday, July 22.

To learn more, drop into Westminster Books on King Street and talk to the staff.

As well, be sure to follow Friends of the Fredericton Public Library on Facebook or on Twitter @Friends_of_FPL. You can see the book of the day they share and get some great ideas of books on the wish list that you can adopt for the library.

© 2015 The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)


Campbellton library book sale another chance to engage public

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Fri Jul 3 2015 
Noelle Didierjean 

Campbellton * The book sale at the Campbellton Centennial Library kicked off on July 2 with a rack of assorted novels in the entryway and two rooms in the back filled with magazines and books for kids and adults, in English and French, on all kinds of topics.

"The funds raised from this event will be used to buy books for following years. We always take into account people who have made suggestions for readers, and replace copies that have been lost or 'taken home permanently,'?" librarian Eva Fischer explained at a discrete, library-appropriate volume.

"I think it's fun, because you can get great books for really small prices. We're often very picky about what we integrate into the collection, not because we want to, but we try to limit ourselves to (books) five years (old) and less," she said.

"People like to read what is recent. But all the wonderful editions that are a little bit older than that we can integrate into our book sale, and people can get really good condition books for cheap prices."

In a bustling back room, a few volunteers worked a table where people bought the used books, going for one dollar per hardcover.

"It wouldn't be possible without our volunteers," Fischer said. Volunteers included people from the library administrative council, "friends of ours and some of our regular users who we have asked to come volunteer."

The trend of sales at the event aren't limited to books.

"Magazines go really well, and any modern novels in good shape. DVDs of course," she said. "We also have a good deal on crafting books and that kind of thing. So, scrapbooking, crafting, knitting.

"Also very popular with the children are books on animals. Dogs, cats, very very big sellers. And of course, your regular nursery rhymes, Dr. Seuss books - the children's section is a little bit of a free for all. Kids usually are not very picky in what they want to take at a book sale."

The sale is one of several ways the library reaches children. Another of those is the Atlantic Canadian Hackmatack program, which helps children learn to read.

The library also has a summer reading program, and helps pair adult volunteers with kids learning to read.

"We also include 'every child ready to read' in most of our programs in the children's department. Getting kids to organize letters, and knowing what numbers are, and tracing letters. Those sorts of things, which prepare them to learn to read in school."

The programs "have a fairly good draw," she said. "Of our programs we run in the library, usually the ones in the children's department have the most attendance."

Almost as big as the difference of tastes between children and adults is the gap between francophones and anglophones.

"We have two very different demographics," Fischer explained. "The French readers are big on historical novels, the ones that are four, five volumes long. They'll come back for another and another, they really like those.

"But mystery is more along the lines of the anglophones," she elaborated. "Thrillers remain very popular, even with an older population, they still like to be thrilled."

As for the librarian's favourite kind of books?

"I'm a romance reader, I'm not going to lie," she confessed, although she said she has recently developed "a fondness for books about language".

© 2015 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)


The little literary festival by the sea

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Sat Jul 4 2015 
Jackie Muise 

Imagine strolling the Northumberland shore in the sleepy seaside village of River John, N.S., and stumbling upon Margaret Atwood casually reading aloud from her own works.

Or perhaps Alistair MacLeod, David Adams Richards or Guy Vanderhaeghe.

It could happen. In fact, it does happen annually. Every summer, for the past 16 years, River John, population 2,000, becomes Canada's literary mecca - for a day.

Read by the Sea is an outdoor literary festival held at the River John Legion Gardens, and features - in addition to lots of food and conversation - a day of public readings of published and/or yet-to-be published works by some of Canada's most prestigious writers.

This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, and the list of authors is, as usual, stellar, starting with Isabel Huggan.

Huggan, winner of the 2004 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for her bestselling memoir Belonging: Home Away from Home, currently lives in rural France. She is, however, originally from Ontario and said she looks forward to spending time in the Maritimes.

"I've heard about Read by the Sea from other writers who've said what a great time they've had ... It has a great reputation," said Huggan from her home. "Many big-city festivals have become so huge and star-studded that there is a lot more stress than enjoyment for the performers."

The smaller venue also has the advantage of giving the writers and the audience the possibility of "a much more relaxed interchange," said Huggan.

Giles Blunt also spent time as a Canadian expat writer in New York City, before moving back to Toronto in 2002, and is enthusiastically part of the 2015 Read by the Sea roster.

"I love visiting the East Coast," said Blunt. "I've visited Newfoundland the last two summers, spent time in Cape Breton, and I've been to Halifax several times on book tours."

Blunt, who is a British Crime Writers Silver Dagger award recipient, a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award winner, and a two-time nominee for the Dublin IMPAC award, said he will be reading an excerpt from his new book The Hesitation Cut, slated for publication in August.

Still in the crime fiction genre, Maureen Jennings, a novelist, scriptwriter, playwright and literary adaptive consultant, best known for her contribution to the CBC's Murdoch Mysteries, as well being the creative muse for Global TV's series Bomb Girls, is the third 2015 Read by the Sea participant hailing from Ontario.

As a novelist whose work has been nominated for a number of crime writing awards, Jennings' rich characters and plots are set almost exclusively in the 19th century. Her ability to bring that era to life has been described as being "as engrossing as the mystery," according to a recent review by the Globe and Mail.

However, it is the last 2015 contributor who is arguably the most acclaimed, readily recognized author among this year's list, and the only one actually from Nova Scotia. Linden MacIntyre, the former award-winning investigative journalist for the CBC's Fifth Estate, is also among the country's leading literary figures, in both fiction and non-fiction, having been the recipient of the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award; the Scotiabank Giller Prize; the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction; the Evelyn Richardson Prize and the Dartmouth Book Award, as well as a nominee for a host of others. His titles include The Long Stretch; Causeway: A Passage from Innocence; and The Bishop's Man.

Linda Little is one of about 10 volunteer Read by the Sea Festival committee members, and one of the three people who came up with the original idea back in 2000.

"We were just a group of enthusiastic readers ourselves," said Little. "One day, while talking about some of the great readings held in Halifax, someone said 'Why don't we have our own festival here?' We really had no idea what we were doing; we just plunged in."

That inaugural event was a huge success, said Little, featuring none other than Alistair MacLeod, but they soon realized how much work and fundraising the venture involved. Now, nearly 16 years later, the number of volunteers has tripled and the format has been expanded to create a separate day devoted exclusively to the children's literary portion. "Wordplay" will now be held annually about a month before the adult Read by the Sea.

The schedule for this year's Wordplay festivities offered a bit of insight as to why such a small, thoroughly-rural area can produce such high-quality showcasing. In addition to invited readers, Starr Dobson and Andy Jones, the MC for the 2015 Wordplay event was long-time River John resident Sheree Fitch, the nationally-acclaimed children's author.

The Wordplay web page also included the bio of yet another contributor to the 2015 festival who is also a River John resident and an acclaimed author and anthologist. Linda Little herself read from her première children's book Work and More Work.

According to Little, however, Read by the Sea's success is about the resolve of an entire community, rather than a couple of individual authors who happen to live there.

"River John has the same kind of spirit we see in rural communities all over the Maritimes," said Little. "Despite falling numbers and aging populations, rural communities show impressive resilience. The great thing about living in a village is that we can have just about anything we want as long as we are willing to do it ourselves."

Jackie Muise is a freelance writer based in Oromocto

© 2015 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)


Literacy Secretariat asks for public input on strategy

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Wed Jul 29 2015
Rebecca Howland

Thirty per cent of young children in New Brunswick are having trouble reading and writing, says the New Brunswick Literacy Secretariat.

Grade 8 students are falling behind others across Canada in reading, and one in five adults have literacy skills that are below the provincial average of being at level two.

In order to help raise the literacy rate in the province, the New Brunswick Literacy Secretariat is looking for input from residents for the development of their literacy strategy.

The Secretariat was established in the spring and the strategy is being led by Liane Roy and Marilyn Trenholme Counsell.

Together with the department of Post-Secondary Education,Training and Labour and the Department of Education, Roy and Trenholme Counsell are working to develop a plan to improve literacy in the province.

Now there is a call for submissions across New Brunswick asking for the public's opinion on how to go about improving the reading and writing skills of New Brunswick residents.

"We want the population to react," said co-chair Liane Roy in a telephone interview. "The Premier (Brian Gallant) wanted to launch this strategy, this whole process in order to get New Brunswickers input on what could be the priorities of this strategy. As you know, we want to ensure that New Brunswickers of all ages have access to the help they need in developing their crucial literacy skills."

Roy says the idea for the strategy came from the need to have a literate society in order for the province to grow.

"It's very important to have a high-level functioning society," she said. "If you want people to be productive because improving literacy skills throughout life from early on through your life leads to growth, the well being of our communities and a stronger economy."

In order to find out how they can make that possible, the Secretariat is asking residents in the province two questions on the website: 'What are the three most important things that could be done to improve literacy in the province' and 'what might you be prepared to do to put these ideas into action'.

"In the call for submissions, we are really looking at the priorities," Roy said. "There's been, in the past, other strategies. There has been other reports (and) what we'd like to get from the population now is where are the priorities? Where should we put the emphasis? What are the priority areas that we would want the strategy to look at in order to contribute to this lifelong learning process."

Roy said it is important to know the literacy strategy is a comprehensive strategy and that we look at more than just literacy itself.

"It goes from early childhood right up to adulthood," she said. "It covers everything and everyone. So we really want to make sure that along with the literacy strategy that we look at how we can develop lifelong learning."

The literacy strategy will tie in with the 10-year education plan that has been put in place by Premier Gallant.

"That plan will focus on improving student achievement and skills development so all students can take their place in a knowledge-based economy," Roy said. "This literacy strategy will link in to the plan."

To submit an opinion or suggestion, you can do so three ways.

Ideas can be sent via email to or by mail to the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour in care of NB Literacy Secretariat.

You can also find more information and submit your ideas online by visiting

The deadline for submissions is Friday August 7, 2015 and all answers must be fewer than 1,500 words.

© 2015 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)


Financial TV host to visit city

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal
Tue Aug 4 2015 


SAINT JOHN * Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of financial literacy television programs such as Til Debt Do Us Part and author of numerous books, will make a rare appearance in Saint John as the keynote speaker on Sept. 10 for Gentle Path Counselling Services' annual celebrity fall fundraising dinner.

Vaz-Oxlade will make a presentation called "Financial Pathways to Personal Well-Being" at the event to be held at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre. She said she doesn't deal directly with counselling issues that the host Gentle Path Counselling Services focuses on, but her speech at the event will be relevant because it has to do with emphasizing the importance of self-discipline and making conscious decisions when spending money.

"When other people talk about financial literacy, they are far more high brow than I am," she said. "I consider financial literacy what you have to do to get where you want to be in life. We keep hearing about financial knowledge or lack of financial knowledge, (but debt) is not a knowledge problem, it is a behaviour problem. No matter how much money you have - whether you make $1,500 a month or $15,000 a month - you can always find a way to spend it."

In real life, Vaz-Oxlade very much carries the characteristics of her straight-shooter television personality that rails against people spending money foolishly.

She said she limits her speaking engagements to 24 a year and tries her best to help social causes with her celebrity. Among them is a women's shelter near her Brighton, Ont., home where she regularly speaks. But she is looking to spending more personal time and enjoying her life at home.

"These organizations are trying to put bums seats in order to fund what they want to do next," she said. "So what they are looking for is a draw name, and I hope I have had the same kind of pull that I have had elsewhere. I know they are working to build infrastructure that helps the community and I am all for that."

She is quite vocal about cultural problems of personal debt and poor spending habits. When it comes to people with addictions, she said her work promotes self-control among people who don't have it.

"In counselling situations where you have people who are struggling, one of the things they have to do is put discipline into their lives,"she said. "Discipline is what separates irrational behaviour from the behaviour that puts you in a better place. You put the discipline in and everything else falls into place."

She encourages people to create workable budgets and use spending journals to keep track of money that is actually in the bank and to follow common-sense rules such as not spending more than one has, saving for the future and paying back debt. But out of control spending is everywhere, she said.

"So when you ask how (spending money and addictions) dovetail, it is discipline and the pragmatic application of common sense for a problem that should not exist," she said. "This is my schtick. You already have 85 per cent of everything you need to know to be healthy financially, and the remaining 15 per cent you might need an expert, but you still need to take responsibility on the decision-making with that."

She pointed to statistics showing debt levels are high in part because credit is released by financial institutions too freely and only based on person's credit score. As a result, young people max out their credit limits. Only about 50 per cent of Canadians pay off their credit cards in full every month, she said.

"When you read that the average consumer debt is $26,000, pay attention to the word 'average' because I have no debt, which means somebody has $52,000 worth of debt," she said.

Vaz-Oxlade draws a strong distinction between finance books, which help people get rich and what she does, which is help people learn how to use money as a tool to make them happy.

While her shows continue to get play on Slice, she is done with television after nine seasons and 118 episodes of Til Debt Us Part, her most popular show, which deals with couples and money spending.

She has also done 45 episodes of Princess, which focuses on people, particularly young women, who think they are entitled, and 24 episodes of Money Moron, which deals with anyone wanting to help a person in their lives with better money spending. She has sold a number of books and is planning a new one by the end of the year called Money Talks. But television is not in the picture for her.

"I had a ball, but if I never have to leave home again it is OK," she said. "When I do speaking like this, it is not that often anymore. I was on the road for being on TV for nine years and I haven't made a show in two years."

Margaret Totten, manager of marketing and development with Gentle Path Counselling Services, said 180 to 200 tickets have been sold to date.

© 2015 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)


Bathurst library changes name

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Wed Aug 19 2015 
James Mallory 

Bathurst * A cornerstone building for literacy and learning in Bathurst has been renamed.

The city's public library, formerly known as the Smurfit-Stone Public Library, will now be known as the Bathurst Public Library. The change was approved at the Aug. 17 monthly meeting of Bathurst City Council. The city's library commission recommended the change.

The library was named after Smurfit-Stone in 2003.

The name change came up several years ago following the closure of the Smurfit-Stone mill in 2005. At a previous council meeting, Mayor Stephen Brunet noted he received official confirmation from the company that absorbed Smurfit-Stone that the city could change the library name.

Prior to being named the Smurfit-Stone Public Library, the library was called the Nepisiguit Centennial Library. Councillor Anne-Marie Gammon said re-introducing Nepisiguit to the name would have recognized local heritage.

"I would have liked to keep the name Nepisiguit in there because Nepisiguit is part of our heritage with our links with the First Nations" she said.

Coun. Danny Roy said he could not support the change because Smurfit-Stone made a big contribution to the library.

"I know Smurfit-Stone left a bad taste in people's mouths with the mill and everything closing down. But I still believe when a company donates that amount of money ... their name should stand. ."

The vote passed 6-1. Only Coun. Roy voted nay. Deputy Mayor Susie Roy was not at the meeting.

© 2015 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)


Literature fans gather monthly for reading series

Times & Transcript (Moncton) 
Mon Aug 24 2015 
Kayla Byrne 

In the cozy confines of St. George Street's La Louche restaurant, a crowd of readers, writers and musicians will gather for one of many exciting nights of literature held by the Attic Owl Reading Series.

The group meets monthly and usually has published authors and amateur writers share their penned works. This month's bill will host two authors from Toronto who are out and about supporting their new books.

Danila Botha will be doing readings from her latest Too Much on the Inside while Lisa de Nikolits will be sharing passages from Between the Cracks She Fell.

"Often publishers or the authors themselves get in touch to set up a reading, especially if they're launching a new book, which is what both Danila Botha & Lisa de Nikolits are doing," Attic Owl Reading Series organizer Lee Thompson said. "They're touring together across the Maritimes."

Botha's latest explores the depths of coincidence and human connection, as they collide with the impossible task of forgetting the past. Three immigrants, and one Canadian from rural Nova Scotia, all in their 20s, are soon to discover their interconnected fates.

Between the Cracks She Fell focuses on the economic downfall of one woman who falls off the grid and the explosive consequences of betrayal, survival in troubled times, and the pervasiveness of religious domination.

Thompson says it's hard to say how many people will cram into the restaurant as some of the club's events have seen upwards of 60 people in attendance.

"Upwards of 60... is almost unheard of for readings," Thompson said. "It's a very social event, and people often meet before and stay well after it's finished."

Attic Owl Reading Series has been going on for the past two decades. Thompson took over organizing the series in 2011 from Ed Lemond, who was the owner of Moncton's Attic Owl Bookshop, and of course who started the series.

Although the bookshop closed back in 2005, the reading series continued to remain well attended.

Thompson says there's never any cover for the reading affairs and everyone is welcome. The events usually take place at La Louche on St. George Street or Café C'est La Vie on Main Street.

This upcoming event will be held Aug. 25 starting at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Alex Madsen, lead singer of popular band the Divorcees will also be on hand playing some solo tunes and doing a few readings of his own.

© 2015 Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Community Initiatives

Elementary Literacy Inc. (ELF)
If you are interested in working with elementary students to improve their literacy skills, consider becoming a volunteer with Elementary Literacy Inc. To find out more and to register as a volunteer visit their website.
Frontier College
Frontier College is Canada’s original literacy organization. Located in Moncton and Fredericton, they offer homework and reading clubs, youth programs, one-to-one tutoring, teen programs, an adult literacy program, summer camps and much more! To find out what programs are available in your area call Frontier College at 450-7923 or visit their website.
Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (LLNB)
Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (LLNB) is a non-profit, charitable organization whose trained volunteers help New Brunswick adults improve their basic reading, writing and math skills through a free, confidential program. LLNB volunteers work one-to-one with learners, using materials relevant to learners’ literacy levels and daily lives. To learn more about Laubach Literacy New Brunswick and to become a volunteer please visit their website or contact them at 1-877-633-8899.
Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick (LDANB)
LDANB is proud to be offering the Barton Reading and Spelling System in the greater Fredericton area. This literacy program aims at improving the reading, spelling and writing skills of those who have a reading disability or reading difficulties.  Barton is a specialized one-on-one tutoring system based on the Orton-Gillingham method that teaches the phonemic structure of our written language using a multi-sensory approach. LCNB is proud to support LDANB by providing funding for financial subsidies for low-income families to be able to participate in this program. To find out more about this great new program click here.
Saint John Learning Exchange (SJLE)
The Learning Exchange is Saint John's leader in adult education, training, and career development. They are a non-profit organization that has become an authority on innovative programming that meets the unique needs of everyone that walks through their doors. If you or someone you know is looking for support to meet academic or employment goals, they have the programming and resources you need. To learn more about the Saint John Learning Exchange visit their website.
LCNB Calendar of Events
The Literacy Coalition has a website calendar available on which you to share your community literacy events. To submit events to our calendar please send event information to To take a look at our calendar, click here.
Do you have community literacy initiatives you would like us to share?
If you are involved in or know of a literacy initiative that should be shared across the province we want to know about it! Send us an email or give us a call and we will include the information in an issue of our newsletter. We can be reached at or 1-800-563-2211.

Professional Development Opportunities

SkillsNB program provides free online training available 24/7 to the citizens of New Brunswick. With SkillsNB, New Brunswickers can improve skills, build on existing education and work toward career goals. The SkillsNB online library includes over 6,000 resources including courses, videos, simulations, and books, with content in English and French. SkillsNB resources cover the areas of Business, IT, Desktop, Leadership, Management, Well-being and more! Visit the SkillsNB website at and click “Register”. Follow us on Twitter @skills_nb. Questions about the program or registration? Call the Program Manager at 1-844-462-1203 or email
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