Welcome to the July 2016 edition of Literacy News. 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

Has it really been a month already? Here's some important information from the Literacy Coalition:

Message from the Executive Director!

I was about three or four years old the first time I felt a strong desire to read. I recall watching my mother who was engrossed in a novel and wondering what it was in that book that had so completely captured her attention. I picked up the dense book and fanned the pages. I was fascinated that someone would want to read a book without illustrations. I attempted to sound out the text, but these were not the monosyllabic words of my Dick and Jane readers. I was filled with an intrinsic sense of motivation learn to read thick novels, just like my mother.  It was the made-up bedtime stories about my daily adventures, the fairy tales and the children’s songs that sparked my love of reading. I was not aware then, but these simple acts are what we call fostering a “culture of learning.”

I began my role as Executive Director in June during the release of The Power of Literacy – Moving towards New Brunswick’s Comprehensive Literacy Strategy, a report by the New Brunswick Literacy Secretariat, and Expecting the Best from Everyone – Recommendations for a 10-year education plan, by the Education and Early Childhood Development. Both reports highlight the significant need for increased literacy supports throughout the lifespan for all New Brunswick populations. While we have made many gains, there are still areas where significant investment is needed to ensure that all populations have opportunities to acquire literacy and essential skills, regardless of what stage one begins their journey to learning. While I have only been in my role a little over a month, I have already had many conversations with friends, literacy partners, government members, First Nations members, educators and the business community, who recognize and share a strong desire to improve literacy for New Brunswickers.

As Executive Director, I am committed to working with government, educational institutions, business, labour, community organizations and individuals to cultivate a learning culture in New Brunswick. I hope you will join me in supporting, encouraging and celebrating literacy in its many forms so that all citizens of this wonderful province can grow and prosper.

Christy McLean

Executive Director, LCNB


LCNB discusses Labour Market in Moncton!

LCNB was excited to have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics regarding our local labour market with fellow stakeholders in Moncton this month. To read more about this meeting and the impact it carries please click here.

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Kings Landing prize for Historical Short Fiction!

Kings Landing Museum is seeking submissions for a $1000 prize to honour an outstanding work of fiction in the category of short story that narrates an awareness of, and appreciation for, an aspect of New Brunswick history and heritage.

For more information please click here

Cradle to Career program directory!

 Cradle to Career is an amazing website that allows you to search through hundreds of programs available to children, youth, and adults in Saint John, New Brunswick, that help enrich our education and quality of life! If you are looking for an educational program and live in the greater Saint John area this is the perfect search engine for you!

To view the website please click here

International Literacy Day 2016

September 8th is the 2016 International literacy day! From Malala Yousafzai, to the Children who walk miles to achieve an education, there are countless examples of people going above and beyond in the sake of Literacy and Education. In celebration, LCNB will share a few of the countless international efforts to make literacy more accessible to us all.

This Month's LCNB International Literacy Spotlight

A teacher in Afghanistan is going the extra mile for children's literacy by biking his "mobile library" into rural villages allowing the children the chance to read.

To view the video below, please click the photo shown (will redirect you to YouTube).

Canadian Book of the Month

Canada is home to many wonderful authors, be it poems or novels, you can find it all right here at home. The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is proud to shed light on the work of these talented authors.

This Month's Feature Is Please Louise

By: Frieda Wishinsky and Marie-Louise Gay
This month's book is special in that Frieda Wishinsky, Co Author of this great children's book, will be presenting at the coming Children literature and literacy conference held in October! Frieda is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for young people. She was raised and educated in New York City, where she earned a BA in International Relations and a Master of Science in Special Education. Frieda's books have been nominated for international awards, earned critical praise, and have been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world, including The London Times, The Observer and The New York Times. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario.

"Louise never left her brother Jake alone", begins this picture book, which explores a familiar theme in sibling relationships. After Louise invades Jake's room to play with his toys, bounce on his bed, and swing from his light fixture, he leaves the house, but Louise follows him into the yard. Closing his eyes, Jake thinks, "I wish you were a dog." When he opens them, Louise is gone. The sudden appearance of a strange dog, with fur the color of Louise's hair and bounding enthusiasm for being with Jake, shocks him into closing his eyes again and wishing, "Please, Louise. / Don't be a dog."

 Summer Reading Ideas!


Did you know that you can find most of these great children’s books at your Free Public Library?

If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian
Sticks published by PlayBac Publishing*
Spiders by Rebecca Gilpin*
Build a Bird Feeder by The National network for Childcare*
Bugs by Lucy Bowman*
Dogs by Emily Gravett*

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting*
Baby and Mommy Go Walking by Lynda Homer*
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle*
If Only by Neil Griffiths*
Hey Little Ant by Phillip and Anna Hoose*
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg*

Who Says That? A First Book of Animal Sounds *
by Marguerite Muntane
Franklin the Turtle by Mrs. Vaag’s Kindergarten
Mud, Muddelicious Mud: Verse for the Very Young by Shirley Downey*
Spot Goes Splash and Other Stories by Eric Hill*
Back to the Beach by Heidi Jardine Stoddart*

Curious George Plants a Tree by Monica Perez*
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Crouse*
The House I’ll Build for Wrens by Shirley Neitzel*

What Makes a Shadow, by Clyde Bulla and Adrienne Adams
The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola
The Lost World of Anasazi: Exploring the Mysteries of Chao Canyon by Peter Lourie*
Farming by Ann Love and Jane Drake*
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnet

In The News

The news has certainly been interesting in the last month. Here are a few stories we think are worth reading.

Frontier College kicks off summer literacy program for Indigenous youth

CBC News  Jul 04, 2016

For most kids, the best part of the summer holidays is no homework. But a new nationwide initiative is trying to change that, somewhat. 

Frontier College has launched a program specifically for Indigenous youth and runs all across Canada.

"It's to prevent children from summer reading loss, and developing the love of reading and to have parents be engaged with their children to read all summer long," said Thona Longneck, regional director of Frontier College for Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The summer literacy camp is meant to encourage kids to both take learning outside the classroom, and retain what they learned the year before. 

"Our camps incorporate fun activities that children adapt to very easily," said Longneck. 

The camp includes teachings from elders and other Indigenous community leaders. Approximately 7,000 students are expected to partake in the summer camp this year. 

Thona said the program is mindful of students that might come from lower-income families, and inner-city schools and that they might not be receiving the necessary supports.

She added the summer program strives to give kids the confidence they need to do well next year.

©CBC News Canada

Bathurst library goes high-tech with 'padcaster'
Bridget Yard, CBC News
Jul 15, 2016


The Bathurst Public Library is expanding its programming to include a hands-on video component, thanks to a "padcaster" donated to the library by Club Richelieu.

The new equipment costs around $800, plus the cost of an iPad, a panning tripod, a wide-angle lens, and a spotlight.

"I would like it to be used for a program for the young adults to make an e-book, because we have all the apps on the iPad," said library director Judith Lagace.

"We can shoot, make music, draw, and they can talk about what they've read in the summer, and we can make an e-book with it."

While many young children are engaged in the library's programs, it's more difficult to entice young adults.

"Every week we have a contest and we draw a ticket so you can win an iTunes card or e-book card," said Lagace.

Teenagers need only to withdraw five books from the library to be eligible.

Lagace, though, wants the community to go beyond the literature, and create a more interactive experience, like video book reviews.

"People can come in, like in a photograph booth," she said. "'I like this book because of this, because of that, and I recommend it, or don't lose your time reading that, read this instead,' and making little clips."

The finished product will be posted to the library's Facebook page.

The Bathurst Public Library's bilingual children's program, run by two university students, has drawn record numbers.

"Most of the activities, which are capped at 20, are capped almost every day," said summer student Stephen Perreault.

The activities include reading, of course, and hands-on learning, like arts and crafts, and gardening.

All interaction and instruction is done in both English and French.

"We both speak French and English," said Danielle Doucet, another student running the program.

"A lot of them are shy when they first come in and then they make friends and they speak different languages but they kind of learn to communicate with each other."

©CBC News Canada

Cathy MacLaggan recognized for long time service to the Fredericton public library board.

Hadeel Ibrahim, Fredericton Daily Gleaner
July 19th, 2016

Cathy MacLaggan was recognized for longtime service to the Fredericton Public Library Board at a recent community services committee meeting.

Coun. John MacDermid presented her with the certificate. He said she’s been on the board since 2004, and was chair from 2008 to June 2016.

“Cathy volunteered as the tireless champion of all the public libraries in Fredericton. She’s instrumental in developing a comprehensive road map in improving services for the community and invited Frederictonians to look at our libraries in a whole different way,” he said.

MacLaggan said it’s been a great experience.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to work with city staff and city council and library staff and board members,” she said.

MacDermid said MacLaggan has worked on a project that resulted in the downtown library expansion by one third.

“It’s certainly not just my effort … It’s something that only happens when people are committed to a vision, a dream if you like, of making a better library for our community,” MacLaggan said.

©Daily Gleaner 2016

Seven New Brunswick students honored for Research and Academic performance.

Ernesto Carranza , Fredericton Daily Gleaner
July 21st, 2016

Seven recipients of the 2016 O’Brien Foundation Fellowship were honoured during a reception at Government House Wednesday evening.

The fellowships are given out each year to help New Brunswickers who want to further their education in graduate studies and eventually return to New Brunswick to contribute back to the province.

Roxann Guerrette was one of the fellowship recipients. She said she was proud to be recognized for her work in the biomedical field.“Having scholarships like [the O’Brien Foundation Fellowship] in New Brunswick helping students helps with research,” said Guerrette. “Knowing my research in funded helps me and other students stay in the province and entices people to do their research here.”

Guerrette, 26, intends to pursue breast cancer research through her fellowship in personalized medicine and aspires to be a researcher in New Brunswick.

“I work on cancer and New Brunswick has the highest prevalence in Canada when it comes to cancer,” said Guerrette. “So it is really important to have the support from the O’Brien Foundation to continue our research.”

Guerrette is also the president of l’Université de Moncton’s student council and has been known to help and advise Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.“Me and Donald are working together to figured out how to work the Tuition Access Bursary [TAB] program and the Student Employment Experience Development [SEED] program,” said Guerrette. “It’s great to be recognized because it’s nice to have research but it is also nice to receive a tap on the back and hear ‘the job your doing is really contributing to the province’ and that’s awesome to hear.”

Barry Miller, executive director for the O’Brien Foundation, said he looked forward to the reception every year to meet the new alumni and talk to the previous fellowship recipients as well.

“Today we have 19 alumni of the O’Brien Foundation Fellowship returning and honouring the 2016 recipients and celebrate their achievements,” said Miller. “I got mine in 1977 and studied at the University of Florida and I always look forward to talking to these bright and wonderful people.”

Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau was also there presenting the fellowships to the recipients and spoke to the recipients on their accomplishment.

“Today’s recipients joined an incredibly of alumni made up of doctors, artist researchers, authors, and the list goes on,” said Roy-Vienneau. “I have read the list of recipients this year and I must say I am impressed, congratulations.”

Since 1975, the foundation has granted more than 300 fellowships and the total value of the awards granted in these years is more than $1.5 million.

©Daily Gleaner 2016




Community Update

Public Library Activities:

Seed Library
Monday, March 21, 2016 until Monday, October 31, 2016 
8 :00  a.m.  -  12 :00  p.m.
Borrow seeds for your garden through our partnership with NBCHG. Please click on the title for more information.

Library Café
Monday, May 2, 2016 until Monday, August 29, 2016 
10 :00  a.m.  -  11 :00  p.m.
Enjoy a cup of coffee on us each Monday morning to ease you into the week.

English Table
Every Friday  12:30  p.m. - 1:30  p.m.  
Practice your conversational English.

Spanish Table
Every Thursday  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  
Improve your Spanish conversation skills.

Retro Gaming Night
Every Thursday  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  
Drop by the Makerspace to try out our Retron 5 gaming system!




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.

Adult Literacy Fredericton
As of April 4th, Laubach Literacy Fredericton will be operating as Adult Literacy Fredericton. The organisation provides a free one-to-one tutoring service to adults 18 and older who want to improve their reading and writing skills.  Anyone who is interested in upgrading their reading and writing skills, or in becoming a volunteer, should contact the coordinator at 458-1396 or by emailing
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 to improve 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 who 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
Did you know you can share your community literacy events on the LCNB website?. 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 toll free at 1-800-563-2211.

Professional Development Opportunities


The SkillsNB program provides free online training available 24/7 to New Brunswick citizens. 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 available 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 them 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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