Welcome to the March 2016 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; here are a few updates! 
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Literacy Coalition Update

We can't believe it's been a month already! Here's some important information from the Literacy Coalition:

Adult Learners' Week is April 18-22nd, and April 20th is NB Literacy Day. Let’s celebrate!

The Literacy Coalition held their annual Adult Learner’s Writing contest in honour of Adult Learner’s Week which is celebrated April 18 -22nd, in conjunction with NB Literacy day April 20th. The competition is now closed but we thank all of you who participated in the contest and encourage you to try again next year! The winners of the contest will receive their award at the LCNB PGI Literacy Dinner on April 11th at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton. The winners names will be announced in early April and their stories will be featured on our website during Adult Learner’s Week.

Peter Gzowski Invitational Literacy Dinner

On April 11, supporters of literacy will gather in Fredericton to honour Mr. Robert Irving, our 2016 literacy champion. Join us as we present Mr. Irving with the Champion of Literacy Award and celebrate the ways in which he is working to raise literacy scores in the province and build a strong foundation for future success in New Brunswick.

Purchase yours now by contacting our Acting Executive Director Lynda Homer at 506-457-1227, or e-mail Lynda at with the subject line “Ticket Request – PGI Dinner”. For more information, visit our website.

Larry's Gulch Raffle

Support Literacy and Enter to Win a Weekend for Two at Larry’s Gulch!

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is selling raffle tickets for a weekend for two (one rod) at Larry’s Gulch on the Restigouche River. The prize is to be used the weekend of June 8th-10th 2016 and includes food, accommodations, fishing gear, canoe, guide and a $100 gas card. Tickets are $10. Prize Value: $2,500. Draw: April 11 at the PGI Literacy Dinner. Call 1-800-563-2211 for tickets.

National Poetry Month

April is national poetry month! This is a great opportunity to celebrate poetry and share stories. Full details are available here.

About National Poetry Month:
Since 1988, the League of Canadian Poets has been bringing together schools, publishers, booksellers, libraries, literary organizations, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry in Canada. Check out their website.

In The News

The news has certainly been interesting in the last month. Here are a few stories we think are worth reading, including a story featuring a quote from our Executive Director, Lynda Homer, and another about our upcoming PGI Literacy Dinner! 

Spotlight on literacy champions

Fri Mar 18 2016 
Lori Gallagher 

In this province, half the adults lack the essential skills necessary to reach their potential, including reading, writing, numeracy, critical thinking, using technology and being able to work in a group setting productively. 

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is working to change that and is shining a spotlight on others who are also making a positive impact in this area. On April 11, they'll be presenting their Champion of Literacy Award at the third annual Peter Gzowski Invitational Literacy Dinner at the Delta Fredericton.

Gzowski was a Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter, and a strong supporter of literacy programs.

"The first (recipient) was Marilyn Trenholme Counsell and the second one was Frank McKenna, both people who were very actively involved in literacy," says Bob Scott, chair of the Peter Gzowski Invitational, New Brunswick.

The same is true of Robert Irving, this year's Champion of Literacy Award recipient. He's described as a firm believer in the importance of education and literacy, as they provide the foundation that give our youth the confidence, self-esteem and lifelong skills needed to become successful adults.

Irving has been personally involved in literacy initiatives in the province for many years, including the Reading is Wild program featuring the junior ice hockey team he owns, the Moncton Wildcats.

"The Wildcats started in 1996, and their reading program started not long afterwards (in 1998)," says Scott.

Irving has been actively involved with this program that uses the popularity of the hockey team as a motivational tool to help encourage reading and literacy. The Wildcats' players visit schools to read to the kids and to talk about reading not only for school, but also for fun. Over 17 years, 64 schools and close to 20,000 students have participated.

"Recently, they had their millionth book read as part of the Moncton Wildcat reading program," says Scott.

Support for literacy initiatives in schools extends to programs such as Partners Assisting Local Schools. Initiated in 2000 by Robert Irving's father, James K. Irving, PALS started out as a partnership between one school in Saint John and J.D. Irving, Limited. 

Since 2009 JDI's Moncton-based employees have participated in PALS, partnering with Lou MacNarin School in Dieppe. Each year about 30 volunteers, including Robert Irving, spend time with the students in various learning and literacy programs. The PALS program has grown to include more than 100 business partners in schools throughout the province.

Given his work in this area, choosing Robert Irving as the recipient of this year's Champion of Literacy Award wasn't difficult, says Scott. When his name was put forward, everyone agreed he was the perfect individual to be honoured.

"I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who are committed to being a positive influence and giving back to the communities where we live and work. Whether it's the young players from the Moncton Wildcats or staff and management from our businesses, they are strong role models for our children," says Irving in a media release from the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick "The world is changing so rapidly today, we have to understand the changes and adapt quickly. We believe it all starts with education and the literacy skills that allow students to reach their full potential both in school and as productive members of the community."

Frank Hayes, president of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, says in the media release that contributions of time, resources and leadership around issues relating to literacy today are an investment in our future. 

"In a province where literacy rates remain among the lowest in the country, we need to continue to provide opportunities to support our children and families, to measure our progress and to celebrate those who are taking constructive steps to raise the bar for literacy rates," he says in the media release. 

Money raised through the third annual Peter Gzowski Invitational Literacy Dinner on April 11 will fund youth, adult and family literacy programs in communities around the province, including support for schools, libraries and community groups. The goal is to raise provincewide literacy.

"We'll have a silent auction and a live auction and we're getting a quintet from the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra," says Scott. 

Adding to the fun, Marshal Button is returning as the event's MC. The actor, comedian and playwright may be best known for his character Lucien, New Brunswick's blue-collar philosopher. Button started his political satire career in the 1980s with appearances on CBC, most notably on Gzowski's Morningside show.

Ted Nolan will be the guest speaker at this year's PGI Literacy Dinner, says Scott, adding that Nolan's got some deep ties to the province.

"Ted's got many different hats. He coached the Moncton Wildcats at one time, including when they were in the Memorial Cup in 2006. He's been a coach of the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League and he's a former player, too," says Scott.

Nolan is the brother-in-law of Candice Paul, chief of St. Mary's First Nation, and his son Jordan Nolan plays in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings.

While Scott is looking forward to all that is planned at the event, there is one part that stands out for him each year.

"The most important thing of all is there will be an anglophone adult learner, a francophone adult learner and a First Nation adult learner who will be reading that evening. That's always the most poignant part of the whole evening. It's the part where you can hear a pin drop in the room," he says. "That's what I like about it the most, that the adult learners are the centre of attention, as they should be."

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)


Removing library fines encourages reading: literacy group

Thu Mar 3 2016 
Tara Chislett

An official with a provincial literacy organization says the move to eliminate fines on overdue library books for children 12 and under will make libraries a more welcoming place for young readers.

Lynda Homer, the acting director of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, said the decision to remove library fines for New Brunswick children is reflective of a trend happening at other libraries in Canada and the United States.

"It removes an obstacle to reading and makes the library a more welcoming place," she said.

"For some children and families, library fines can be a financial issue as well as a psychological barrier to using the library.

"Most importantly, eliminating fines will encourage library use, foster a positive relationship between staff and patrons - children and families - and reaffirm that the library is not only full of knowledge, wonder, imagination, but also a compassionate and forgiving place."

She also noted the move will free up staff time, since they will no longer have to deal with the fines. 

In an internal memo dated Feb. 5, and circulated to New Brunswick public library service staff, officials with the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour said they are expecting a budget reduction of $40,000 in designated revenue collected annually from late fines.

"This is to reflect the anticipated decrease in fines collected due to the elimination of fines on juvenile cards," the memo reads.

The Daily Gleaner has made interview requests to the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour related to the budget items discussed in the memo, including the elimination of the fines, but no response has been received.

A notice about the elimination of the fines can be found on the New Brunswick Public Libraries website, but no further details are available.

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)


No more shushing at the library in Sussex

Mon Mar 21 2016 
Rebecca Moase 

SUSSEX * Public libraries are no longer the stereotypical place where a cranky librarian sits at the circulation desk telling people to shush. 

Many libraries are now home to clubs and activities filled with laughing, learning children. The Sussex Regional Library is one of them.

Over the past several years the local library has been trying to promote itself as a community place that is welcoming, family friendly and accessible to everyone, Library Assistant Sarah Vail said.

"We just want people to come, feel welcome and have fun," she said.

Parents don't have to be worried about their child getting excited and talking loudly anymore.

"There is no shushing," Vail said.

The Sussex Regional Library is home to clubs and events for people of all ages.

"We love having children and families come to the library," Vail said.

Participating in a group is a great way for someone who is new in town to socialize with other people who share similar interests, she said.

One of the Sussex Regional Library's weekly programs is Story Time. They have an average turnout of 10 to 15 people.

"We have a pretty good turn out each week," Library Director Vanessa Black said.

The purpose of the program is to encourage families to come to the library and to expose children to the love of books, Black said.

Vail said Story Time teaches children ages 3 to 5 how to share, take turns and follow directions while socializing in a group setting. 

The program also promotes early literacy development. During story time the children listen to stories, sing action songs and play games that help to develop social and language skills.

"You just want them to have fun," Vail said.

Their hope is that programs such as story time will help kids think of the library as a fun, happy place so they will want to come back.

"Our goal is to form a lifelong relationship with the kids," Vail said.

Sue Cromwell, Kathy Baskin, and Rosanna Armstrong all take their grandchildren to Story Time at the Sussex Regional Library. 

While the children learn and play, their grandparents socialize. 

Cromwell's granddaughter, Nataly Cromwell, has been going to the library since she was 10 months old.

Story Time teaches the children to learn to sit, listen to stories and play with others, she said.

"It's a great program," Cromwell said.

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)

'Comic Jam' held by Marvel artist, Frye Festival

Sat Mar 12 2016 
Madelaine Keenlyside 

Between 20 to 30 children participated in a workshop and "comic jam" aimed at promoting literacy on Friday. 

Nick Bradshaw, an illustrator for Marvel, works from his home office in Moncton. His work has featured in comics like Wolverine, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spiderman. On Friday, he led the workshop, held at the Moncton Public Library.

"I've always been a big proponent of literacy," Bradshaw said. "And comics are a great way to get kids to pick up a book and read."

The event was hosted Friday afternoon by East Coast Comic Expo and Frye Festival organizers in collaboration. Comics by the participants will be on display at the 2016 Frye Festival from April 23 to May 1.

During a comic jam - the roundtable creation of a comic strip - a strip is handed around the table and each participant fills a panel. Each panel reflects the imagination of the creator, he said.

At one table, a girl began her page with magical space lion relaxing in a field. At another, a boy drew a triangular character named Blond and his friend, a purse called Pursie.

Bradshaw said it's important for aspiring comic artists to experiment, not to judge their work too harshly. 

"You're going to learn and grow," he said. "Take criticism with a grain of salt, but at the same time really look at what people are saying, because as a person and artist, you want to grow."

Quinlan Glenen, 8, is an aspiring comics creator. Glenen said Bradshaw's workshop taught him many useful lessons. 

"I learned that it doesn't always have to be perfect," Glenen said. "If you're doing a story, it might not go through as well (as you hoped), but just keep trying."

Marie-Paule B-LeBlanc, community outreach coordinator for the Frye Festival, said bilingualism is a key part of this year's upcoming festival, where the children's work will be displayed. The comic book event featured volunteers and participants speaking both official languages.

The 2016 East Coast Comic Expo will take place May 20 to 21 at the Crossman Community Centre.

© 2016 Times & Transcript (Moncton)


Why is it that our province is the last one to have a provincial book awards?

Sat Mar 12 2016 
Nancy Bauer 

A dream has been realized. On April 27, the very first New Brunswick Book Awards in English will be presented at the Atlantic Book Awards Gala as part of the Frye Festival. The possibility of creating these awards has been talked about for years, various stabs have been made at it, but now it is a reality.

New Brunswick's Acadian community has the annual Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie, founded in 1998. Two literary awards are associated with Nova Scotia: the East Coast Literary Awards and the Atlantic Book Awards. I find it a little confusing that Nova Scotia has two groups of awards. Both are open to all books from the Atlantic provinces. The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award has twice been won by David Adams Richards, once by Herb Curtis and once by M.T. Dohaney.

Another first is that this will be the first time the Atlantic Book Awards Gala is held in New Brunswick.

The awards are being co-sponsored by the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick and the Fiddlehead under chairpersons Rayanne Brennan, former president of the federation, and Ian LeTourneau, secretary of the Fiddlehead. Also on the awards committee is Rosalyn Hyslop, a federation director and co-chair of Saint John's Fog Lit Festival, and Ross Leckie, editor of the Fiddlehead, professor of English at the University of New Brunswick, and organizer of its poetry weekend.

The shortlist of the nominees for poetry are Phillip Crymble for Not Even Laughter, M. Travis Lane for Crossover and Michael Pacey for Electric Affinities. Lane's book was also on the shortlist for the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.

The nominees for fiction are R.W. Gray for Entropic, Mark Anthony Jarman for Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, and Beth Powning for A Measure of Light.

The nominees for non-fiction are Nicholas Guitard for The Lost Wilderness, Donald Savoie for What is Government Good At? and David Sullivan for Boss Gibson: Lumber King of New Brunswick.

An innovation for these awards is that self-published books are eligible. When LeTourneau was asked on the CBC how the committee found the books to be considered, he said they sent out notices to all the publishers to ask them to submit books. I asked him how self-published Boss Gibson: Lumber King of New Brunswick was discovered, and he said he heard Sullivan being interviewed on the radio, the book sounded interesting, so LeTourneau himself submitted it. The committee asked the Writers' Federation to put out a notice to its members to submit self-published books. The Writers' Union of Canada has recently established a policy whereby writers of self-published books will be considered for membership. The literary world is turning.

LeTourneau was recently named the first cultural laureate of Fredericton. At his induction, he said that two of his dreams are to have a literary festival created in Fredericton and to have the New Brunswick Book Awards ceremony come to it one year. Moncton has the Frye Festival, established in 2000, now well-known across Canada. Saint John has the newer but successful Fog Lit Festival. In the past, the Maritime Writers' Workshop served as a literary festival with readings every night and lectures during the day, both open to the public. The annual University of New Brunswick Poetry Weekend in October has a festival-like atmosphere. The Alden Nowlan Literary Festival was held for four years on a weekend from 2001.

I've mentioned several of the books in this space. I even bragged a little that Michael Pacey's Electric Affinities was dedicated to me.

Why is it that our province is the last one to have a provincial book awards? Part of the reason is financial. None of these award winners will receive any money. The other provincial awards bring money with them. The Thomas Raddall prize winner receives $25,000. Other prizes are smaller - $200 or $300. The Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie winner receives $4,000.

I will speculate - perhaps wildly - that part of the reason may be a hesitation to blow our own horns. If this is so, I wonder why. Selective migration? Our sports heroes come back home when their careers are done, but they don't swagger around. If I found myself at an event with Matt Stairs, I would feel free to introduce myself and shake his hand. David Adams Richards is one of the most famous living Canadian writers, but he too came home and does not swagger around. Maybe this is a ridiculous generalization, but New Brunswickers seem to be gifted with humility.

I love the story our former premier and former Canadian ambassador to the United States Frank McKenna told about living in the embassy in Washington. He had to get used to not taking his dishes out to the kitchen after a meal.

The books up for awards are not inferior books. They have been highly reviewed. They would hold their own in any province's book awards competition.

Nancy Bauer A Fredericton-based writer

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)

New Brunswick finally has book awards

Tue Mar 1 2016 
Chris Morris 

New Brunswick finally has its own book awards.

After years of talking about it, the New Brunswick Book Awards has been created and the first nominees announced in the categories of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

"We have had nothing but hoorays and cheers for getting this going," said Ian LeTourneau, who was recently named Fredericton's first Cultural Laureate.

"We believe New Brunswick writers are some of Canada's finest, and we're looking forward to recognizing them."

The inaugural book awards program is the result of a partnership between Canada's oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured the province's literary culture for 70 years, and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick, which has supported the development of home-grown writers for 30 years. 

LeTourneau, who is secretary of The Fiddlehead, said there is no cash award at this point but efforts are under way to raise funds for at least small cash prizes.

The awards will be presented at the 2016 Atlantic Book Awards Gala - the first time New Brunswick will host the event - on April 27 at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, as part of the Frye Festival. 

The New Brunswick Book Awards celebrates books published in the 2015 calendar year.

Organizers said it is overdue.

"Until now, New Brunswick - a province with a rich literary heritage - was the only province in Canada without its own (Anglophone) book awards program," said Rayanne Brennan, a director and past president of the writer's federation.

The new competition is open to traditionally published and self-published authors who have lived in the province for three of the last five years, including the award year. 

The finalists for the inaugural awards are as follows:


Phyllip Crymble, Not Even Laughter (Salmon Poetry)

M. Travis Lane, Crossover (Cormorant Books)

Michael Pacey, Electric Affinities (Signature Editions)


R.W. Gray, Entropic (NeWest)

Mark Anthony Jarman, Knife Party at the Hotel Europa (Goose Lane Editions)

Beth Powning, A Measure of Light (Knopf)


Nicholas Guitard, The Lost Wilderness (Goose Lane Editions)

Donald Savoie, What is Government Good At? (McGill-Queen's University Press)

David Sullivan, Boss Gibson: Lumber King of New Brunswick (Self Published)

© 2016 The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)

Seven-day library service to cost province $900,000

Tue Mar 1 2016 
Tara Chislett

A move to seven-day service at five public libraries across the province is expected to cost $900,000, according to documents obtained by The Daily Gleaner. 

The price of the pilot program was included in an internal memo, sent to library employees on Feb. 5.

The memo notes as part of the 2016-17 provincial budget, a total of approximately $2.48 million in additional funding was allocated to New Brunswick Public Library Service to support several initiatives, including the Sunday openings. 

A second memo from the same day obtained by The Daily Gleaner noted the five libraries - Mgr. W.J. Conway; Campbellton Centennial Library; Moncton Public Library; Fredericton Public Library; and Saint John Free Public Library - are slated to begin offering seven-day service in April 2016.

"In order to implement seven days of opening, there will be some new employment opportunities within these libraries," the memo reads.

"Each regional office began work on recruiting for these new positions in November and will continue to work on the recruiting necessary to permit service delivery for the additional hours."

Although the memo doesn't say how the funds would be allocated, the $900,000 would equate to $3,400 per library per week if the funds were divided evenly.

The memo went on to say each regional office would "continue to work on the logistics of planning the work schedule for the teams involved."

The Daily Gleaner first reported about the province's plan to open some public libraries on Sunday in January. According to an internal memo to library employees, the pilot project was supposed to start Jan. 10, but in mid-December, the provincial government said the plan had been put on hold as it worked on a comprehensive long-term literacy strategy. 

At a recent meeting of Fredericton city council, it was announced the Fredericton Public Library was set to open seven days a week starting April 1. 

"It was going to happen, then it stopped, then it happened again," Coun. John MacDermid told council, adding the plan had been in the works at the provincial level for several months. 

Julia Stewart, the library director for the Fredericton Public Library, was also at the meeting and thanked councillors for their support, noting the downtown branch alone had about 191,000 visitors through its doors in 2015. 

The Daily Gleaner contacted all the libraries that were to fall under the pilot project, but they declined to answer questions, directing all inquiries to the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

Officials with the department have declined to provide details about the move to seven-day service over the last few weeks. 

In addition to the funding for Sunday openings, the memo identified an increase of $100,000 to the annual matching fund the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation is eligible for, bringing the maximum to $300,000, an allocation of $1.4 million tied to the literacy strategy with specific details expected to be announced at a later time, and an allocation of $296,000 for costs related to paying employees.

The budget also saw reductions in two areas: a $40,000 reduction in designated revenue the library service collects annually from late fines, a move the memo said reflects anticipated decrease in fines due to the elimination of fines on juvenile cards, and a reduction of $99,000 in "an area to be determined through the Performance Excellence Process."

© 2016 The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)


Community Update


 Fredericton Public Library Programs



12525531_1010463452375866_7706366510638270027_oFun-tastic Friday Storytime with Loralie & Kim*
Fridays at 10:30am (April 1 - April 22)
Come and meet some new friends at storytime! Casually drop by the library for an action-packed storytime for children of all ages featuring reading, rhyming, singing, dancing, art, puppets and two goofy library gals! *no registration necessary Rumpus*
Wednesdays at 6:30pm (April 6 - April 27)
A pajama storytime for children of all ages with songs, puppets, art activities and silliness. *there is no registration necessary Fiction Shadow Puppetry: a workshop for children 8-11yrs
Wednesday, April 6 at 2:00pm
In anticipation of the upcoming “Sci-Fi Double Feature” performance at the Fredericton Playhouse, the talented Yukon-based Ramshackle Theatre will be offering a workshop for kids introducing their magical art form which blends puppetry, film, original sound effects, and dynamic camera techniques.  Please call 506.460.2806 to register for this free program. Space is limited. in the Library
Thursdays at 2:30pm (April 7 - April 28)
Inviting infants 0-18 months and their caregivers to join us for library fun. Program includes songs, movement, nursery rhymes and knee bounces.  Please register for this free program by calling 506.460.2806.
Tales for Toddlers
Tuesdays at 10:30am (May 3 - May 24)
Opening the world of books to toddlers ages 19 months - 3 years with stories, puppets, fingerplays and music.  Please register for this free program by calling 506.460.2806. Kids
Wednesdays at 2:30pm (May 4 – May 25)
Zumba Kids is an easy-to-follow dance fitness program often referred to as exercise in disguise.  Kids will dance along to the Wii Zumba game and the latest music to increase focus and self-confidence, boost metabolism, and improve coordination and balance.  Adults can participate too! Please call 460-2806 to register.  You can sign up for as many sessions as you wish. Concert with the Saint John String Quartet
Saturday, May 28 at 10:30am
The Saint John String Quartet will be back with us for their final musical presentation of the year.  Come to the library Saturday morning at 10:30am to hear the soothing harmony of violin, viola and cello.  There is no need to register for this free event!

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 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


The 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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