Thank you for checking out the July/August 2020 edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick newsletter. Keep reading to learn how LCNB and others are adapting to these unprecedented times.
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Literacy Coalition Update

Since our last newsletter, much has changed. Here's some important information from the Literacy Coalition:

A Message from the Executive Director 

Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter.  We have some updates on the Coalition's events and projects, a new team member to introduce, and much more!

On June 8th we launched our new Family and Early Childhood Literacy Web App, which we have called “Melanie”. This bilingual online platform offers a reliable one-stop shop of well researched quality early literacy information and resources for New Brunswick. Sincere thanks to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development who provided the funding and to our many partners who worked with us to create this landmark literacy resource for New Brunswick. 

We are very pleased to welcome Peter Jewett as our new Communications and Project Director and Summer SEED student. A major focus for Peter will be assisting with the redesign of our LCNB website. You can read more about Peter further down in this newsletter. 

Our Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries project has continued to thrive despite the pandemic.  We quickly made the shift from physical to virtual classroom training for both the English and French programs thanks to our e-learning platform and the determination of our amazing participants and instructors. The results for our first round of participants are impressive, showing gains in essential skills, literacy scores, self-esteem, confidence and other employability skills. On-the job training and work placements will continue over the summer. We are exploring options for testing our training model in another sector.

We are all relieved to see that our New Brunswick libraries are reopening. We hope that they will be continue to offer the wide range of programs and community support as in the past. More than just books, libraries are places of information, offering people free access to a wealth of information and resources that are not easily found elsewhere, whether online, in print or in person. They provide a central access point for a range of programs and resources to nurture community life. As an accessible space for all and a primary resource for newcomers and even as a source of shelter for the homeless, the library stands out as a public institution that actually makes our communities better places by caring for its most vulnerable members.

The “summer slide” is known as the period of time throughout the summer when children lose their school knowledge from the previous year. As we move into summer, we hope you will encourage the children in your lives to continue to make time for reading. The summer slide may be felt more than ever this summer as most children have not been in a school environment since March. Reading is just as important for adults as it keeps our brains flexible and nimble. Plus, adults who read serve as great role models for kids. That is why we recommend 20 minutes of reading per day for everyone – of all ages – all summer long. 

Wishing you a restful and enjoyable summer!

Lynda Homer
Executive Director

Presenting The 2020 PGI Grant Recipients


LCNB is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 PGI grants.


Reminder: 2020 Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards


Do you know an individual or organization that has made an outsanding contribution to literacy in New Brunswick?  If so, don't forget to nominate them for a Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Award!

The awards will honour New Brunswickers in six fields.

The nomination form can be found
here.  Version française ici.  The deadline for nominations is August 21, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

To see a list of the past winners, and for more information, click

Winners of LCNB's Adult Learner Essay Contest


This year's winners of LCNB's Adult Learner Essay Contest are



We Want to Hear From You About LCNB's Literacy Asset Map!


Melanie has now been live for over a month!  We want your input about any improvements or changes you think can be made.  Let us know 

Former LCNB Board Member Named PLSNB Acting Executive Director

We are proud to acknowledge the hiring of Ella Nason, former member of LCNB's board, as the Public Library Service of New Brunswick's Acting Executive Director.  Ella served on the LCNB board for xxxx years.  We wish Ella the very best as she helps navigate NB's libraries through this challenging time.
Canadian Book of the Month
Summer Feet

By: Sheree Fitch

Canada's Dr. Seuss, Sheree Fitch, is back with a brand-new tongue-twisting picture book that celebrates all things summer. From those first barefoot days, wobble-dy walking over rocks and pebbles, to wandering-wild while searching for sea glass and, finally, huddled-up cozy at a late-summer bonfire, these summer feet flutter kick, somersault, hide-and-seek, and dance in the rain, soaking up all the season has to offer.

With Fitch’s classic lip-slippery, lyrical rhymes and Carolyn Fisher’s bright and colourful illustrations, Summer Feet will be an instant summertime favourite.

In The News

The world is a happening place! Here are some stories we think are worth reading (and one that might bring you a laugh.)

Bill that would add Indigenous languages teaching to all schools wins all-party support

July 2020 | Jacques Poitras | CBC News

A bill that would require New Brunswick schools to teach Indigenous languages to all students has won unanimous support from a committee of MLAs.

Members from all four parties voted on Tuesday afternoon in favour of the bill, which was introduced last month by Green Party MLA Megan Mitton.

"There's a long history of Indigenous languages being systematically excluded from our public school system," Mitton said during the debate.

"This is an opportunity for the revitalization of Wabanaki languages in our public school system."

To read on, click

How to Sell Books in 2020: Put Them Near the Toilet Paper
July 2020 | Elizabeth A. Harris | The New York Times

If you want to sell books during a pandemic, it turns out that one of the best places to do it is within easy reach of eggs, milk and diapers.

When the coronavirus forced the United States into lockdown this spring, stores like Walmart and Target, which were labeled essential, remained open. So when anxious consumers were stocking up on beans and pasta, they were also grabbing workbooks, paperbacks and novels — and the book sales at those stores shot up.

“They sell groceries, they sell toilet paper, they sell everything people need during this time, and they’re open,” said Suzanne Herz, the publisher of Vintage/Anchor. “If you’re in there and you’re doing your big shop and you walk down the aisle and go, ‘Oh, we’re bored, and we need a book or a puzzle,’ there it is.”

Big-box stores do not generally break out how much they sell of particular products, but people across the publishing industry say that sales increased at these stores significantly, with perhaps the greatest bump at Target. In some cases there, according to publishing executives, book sales tripled or quadrupled.

To read on, click here.

May 2020 | Shelley Steeves | Global News


To read on, click here.

Helpful Online Resources

Here is a list of online resources that might be helpful to you and your family as we go this extraordinary time. They include important information, ideas, literacy games, story telling sites and lots of fun activities for the whole family.

 How to Host Your Family’s Own Personal Summer Camp 
Are your kids wondering what will happen with summer camps this year?  With many camps not opening, making your own summer camp may be the best option.  To read this how-to from the New York Times, click here.

 Stress Management Guide for Adult Learners 
Our friends at ABC Life Literacy Canada have put together a guide to managing stress for adult learners.  It's an excellent resource that is especially useful in the midst of a pandemic.  To see the guide, click here.

 Department of Education Resources for Learning at Home 
NB Department of Education has prepared this resource as a support for families with children who are learning at home. Click the link “Learning at Home: Resources for Families”:…/depa…/education/learning_at_home.html

People Before Programs: How to Encourage Innovation and Creativity in Crisis
As service providers, we have been issued a call to action in these last two months. Never before have we been asked to rise to the occasion in ways that challenge us to step up in the face of our own personal fears, with little information and no guarantees. Some of us are left longing for the old normal; some for a new normal; and all of us are just trying to do our best in the moment.  To read on, click here.

 Family Literacy Resources from the Literacy Coalition Website 
Here are just a few of the many resources found on the Literacy coalition website under the Research and Resources tab at

Let’s Learn! A parent’s guide to giving your child a great start - Containing tips and ideas for encouraging family literacy in everyday life and lots of fun activities for the whole family.

Family Literacy in the Outdoors - Ideas for Enjoying the Outdoors  with your family - Natural outdoor spaces are rich learning environments for all ages no matter what the season or type of weather.

Sharing Books with Babies - This delightful vide contains helpful information and tips for parents wishing to support their children’s early literacy development from birth.Ideas for Enjoying the Outdoors  with your family - Natural outdoor spaces are rich learning environments for all ages no matter what the season or type of weather.

 Financial Literacy Resources From Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada 
We do not know how long COVID-19 will affect our financial and job situations. This website offers financial literacy tools that will help you develop your budgeting skills and track your expenses.

 Health Literacy Tips from ABC Life Literacy Canada 

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our health systems. Understanding how to navigate health and wellness in the midst of a pandemic is crucial.  This short article has several useful resources for increasing health literacy.

 Local Authors Online 
Have you explored the local authors of New Brunswick? Here are some authors offering uplifting story tellings, book readings and so much more! Don't miss out! 

NB Author Wendy McLeod MacKnight is creating a members-only Facebook group for kids, parents and teachers. If you’re interested in receiving an invite, email her at and she will send you an invite! She's also reading from her books on her Instagram IGTV channel!  

NS Author Sheree Fitch has created a podcast for ages 2 to 102, called Mabel Murple’s Popping Purple Wordspinning World consisting of "Nonsense Poetry and "Utter" Stuff". Click here for the link and scroll down.

Professional Story Teller Dr. Joanne LeBlanc Haley has created a YouTube storytelling series for children. Subscribe to her channel to view the stories as they are added each week. Click here for her Youtube Page.

 COVID-19 Family Resources 

  • Click here for understanding COVID-19 news coverage, how to stay calm for yourself and your kids and suggestions for what to watch, read, and play.
  • Here is an entire list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closing. 
  • Tips and resources that can help keep kids entertained, engaged and learning while stuck inside: Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic (There are things you can do with children on the Fun page.)
  • On The Loose: A Guide to Life Online For Post-Secondary Students: This document supports young adults who are experiencing new freedoms and challenges in their post- secondary life. It covers a variety of digital issues that students may require guidance on, including: schoolwork; money and security; relationships online; and trying to stay healthy. 
 Fun Learning Games 

Top Marks Literacy Games:
PBS Kids Literacy and Math Games:

Community Initiatives

 Born to Read NB 
Born to Read NB is an early childhood initiative that promotes the joy of reading aloud to babies. Parents of newborns in New Brunswick are given a bright red bag containing information on early childhood development and library programs and a special selection of books to read with baby. For more information about Born to Read NB, go to our website at If you are aware of a family with young children who was missed at birth or has moved here from another province and would like to receive a Born to Read bag, please let us know by email at or call President, Lynda Homer at 457-0331.Adult Literacy Fredericton

 Adult Literacy Fredericton 
Formerly Laubach Literacy Fredericton, Adult Literacy Fredericton 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 email

 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 a national, non-profit literacy organization that was founded in 1899. We work with children, teens, adults and families who need help to improve their literacy skills. We work with a variety of partner organizations to deliver volunteer-run, community-based programs across Canada. Frontier College is accredited under the Imagine Canada Standards program. To find out more visit their website or Facebook.

For more information, please contact Johnny St-Onge, NB Regional Coordinator, 506-450-7923,

 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 (Dyslexia) 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.

 Community Adult Learning Programs (CALP) 
Community Adult Learning Programs can help you with things like GED preparation and digital literacy and just getting better at math, reading and writing. The Academic Adult Learning Program is flexible; You can join almost any time and work at your own skill level and pace.  If you have not finished high school, this program can help you get ready to write the GED test. The Digital Literacy program can be offered in an academic centre, a workplace or a community centre. You can find more information about the programs available in your area by clicking here.

 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. Laubach Literacy NB has a new email address: - please update your records.

 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.


That's it for the June edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick Newsletter!
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