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Welcome to the April, 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:

PGI 2016 was a great success!

Our guest speaker was Ted Nolan, former professional hockey player and former head coach of the Buffalo Sabres and Latvian men’s national hockey team. The Peter Gzowski Award winner was Joan Kenny, and our Literacy Champion award went to Robert Irving. Another special highlight of the evening was the award presentations to the winners of the Adult Learner’s Writing Contest. More information here.

Adult Learner Essay Contest Winners


Congratulations to Rose Mary Paul, Jonathan Caissie, and Nancy Kelly, the three winners of our 2016 essay contest! 

We received a number of excellent submission this year, and we'd like to thank all of the wonderful adult learners that shared their stories with us. 

Read more on our website here.

Now Hiring: Executive Director
 

Are you a driven and hard-working individual with a passion for improving literacy in our province? If you are, consider applying to be our new executive director!

Applications are due by May 13th!

Full details at our website here.

Program Updates


“Let’s Learn!” Booklet - Mi’kmaq and Maliseet Translation Project:
The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture has approved this proposal for the translation of the “Let’s Learn!” booklet.
 
Good news! LCNB has received grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program for a project to enhance the role of grandparents in Family Literacy. The Literacy Coalition will work in partnership with family resource programs to build capacity for seniors to facilitate workshops on family literacy for parents in their local community.
 
Development of distance learning courses for Adult LES practitioners:  The Literacy Coalition is proud to have partnered with PETL to develop a much needed distance education program for adult literacy teachers in New Brunswick.  The program addresses the key principles, practices, concepts and issues that are critical to the role of the adult literacy educator in the delivery of literacy and essential skills training. The course development was completed on March 31, and we look forward to seeing it launched in the near future. 
 

 

In The News


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



 

2016 Frye Festival to offer 65 events

Times & Transcript (Moncton) 
Tue Apr 26 2016 
Madelaine Keenlyside 

Poet flyée Christine Melanson donned a pair of pink fairy wings and a toy gold crown Monday to officially kick off the 2016 edition of Moncton's Frye Festival.

The Université de Moncton graduate, 22, raced through the crowd handing out programs as the annual literary festival got underway with a packed ceremony at City Hall. Frye Fest will feature more than 65 events over the next two weeks.

Authors participating this year include Lisa Moore, Anakana Schofield, Georgette LeBlanc, Michael Christie and Giles Blunt.

"The Frye Festival has earned a reputation as a foremost literary event," said Cathy Rogers, Moncton MLA and minister of social development, who spoke at the opening on behalf of the premier and province. "Not only for the region, for New Brunswick, but the country as a whole, and we continue to celebrate excellence in literature through this festival.

"Each year we see the festival inspire the next generation of writers."

Mayor George LeBlanc said the festival is a premier event, and one that Greater Moncton should be tremendously proud of. 

"It's impossible to measure the value (of literacy), it's vitally important," LeBlanc said. "That's one of the reasons why the Frye Festival is so important." 

Melanson joined musicians Sebastien Michaud and Denis Surette at the podium to read her inaugural poem, highlighting the importance of literacy and gently poking fun at public figures in the crowd, including outgoing Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. 

"I've been writing ever since I've known how to write," Melanson said. "And I've been participating in Frye Festival events since I was 12.

"I'm honoured (now to be poet flyée)," added Melanson, who is working on her first novel. 

The 17th annual Frye Festival runs until May 1.

© 2016 Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Province to pay for extended library hours

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Fri Apr 22 2016 
Rebecca Watson 

SAINT JOHN * Having a library open on Sunday is something Saint John residents will no longer have to wait for. 

Starting May 1, the Saint John Free Public Library will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Joann Hamilton-Barry, library director of the Saint John Free Public Library, said it's something they've wanted to do for a long time.

"We're excited to be open on a day we think many people want to come to the library," she said in an interview Thursday. "We average about 800 people coming through the doors on a Saturday and we expect more than that on a Sunday."

The extended hours are part of a provincial pilot project aimed at increasing literacy in New Brunswick. 

Another four libraries in the province will also benefit from about $900,000 a year the province has committed to offset the cost of having those libraries open on Sunday and for two evenings a week.

Partnering municipalities will still have to cover the expenses related to operating the facilities but, will not incur costs related to human resources during the extended hours, said government spokeswoman Molly Cormier.

"Our public libraries play a key role in promoting literacy in communities throughout the province," she said in an email Thursday. "The expansion of public library service will cost the province approximately $900,000 per year in increased staffing costs. These costs will be distributed based on staffing needs in each of the five public libraries that are a part of the pilot project."

Roseline Maillet, chair of the New Brunswick Public Library Board, said she does not know where the $900,000 figure came from since her board was not consulted on the calculation. 

"Logistics is something you have to have actual figures to be able to sit down and calculate," she said. "Which our board does not have access to those figures."

Nonetheless, the money will have to cover the salaries for the people that have to be hired, Maillet said. 

"Our staff only can work a certain number of hours so additional staff has to be hired to cover for that period," she said. "It could just be that part-time people are asked to work more hours, but I don't know exactly what they are planning."

There have been many requests to the New Brunswick Public Library Board over the years, especially in big centres, to be open on Sunday - which is where the decision came from, Maillet said. 

"Personally when I go somewhere for a certain period of time, I do visit the library," she said. "And if it happens to be on a Sunday it'd be helpful if it is open."

"And for local people that work five days a week this is an extra day they have a chance to access public libraries."

Post-secondary education, training and labour Minister Francine Landry made the announcement of the extended hours Wednesday on New Brunswick Literacy Day.

"Literacy is an essential building block in developing a vibrant future for the next generation and a prosperous economy," Landry said in a media release. "It is important that we recognize the long-term strategies that are needed to make systemic, positive and foundational shifts to literacy as a whole."

The other libraries affected by the extended hours are the Fredericton Public Library, Moncton Public Library, Campbellton Centennial Library and Mgr. W.J. Conway Public Library in Edmundston.

Hamilton-Barry said she wanted to remind people that library cards are free.

"We're the place to get free books and if were available, and people come, they have access to the hundreds of thousands of items," she said. "You can even download free e-books and audio books, so we're the best deal in town."

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)

Five of province's libraries to open Sundays as experiment

Times & Transcript (Moncton) 
Thu Apr 21 2016 
Rebecca Watson 

SAINT JOHN * Five libraries across the province will stay open every day as part of a provincial pilot project to promote literacy in New Brunswick. 

Starting May 1, the Saint John Free Public Library, Fredericton Public Library, Moncton Public Library, Campbellton Centennial Library and Mgr. W.J. Conway Public Library in Edmundston will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will also be open two evenings a week.

While partnering municipalities will still be responsible for paying the cost of operating the facilities, the provincial government has committed $900,000 to assist with the increased staffing costs. 

Francine Landry, post-secondary education, training and labour minister, made the announcement Wednesday which is New Brunswick Literacy Day.

"In New Brunswick, we understand the importance of essential skills like literacy to our economic and social well-being," Landry said in a media release. "Our public libraries play a key role in promoting literacy in communities throughout the province. We encourage New Brunswickers to experience their local library on New Brunswick Literacy Day, and throughout the year."

To further promote literacy, public libraries throughout the province will no longer be collecting fines for late books issued to children under the age of 12.

"Literacy is an essential building block in developing a vibrant future for the next generation and a prosperous economy," said Landry. "It is important that we recognize the long-term strategies that are needed to make systemic, positive and foundational shifts to literacy as a whole."

© 2016 Times & Transcript (Moncton)

 

Literacy Day giveaway awards new books to 20 schools

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Thu Apr 21 2016 

Tara Chislett

A social media giveaway created to celebrate New Brunswick Literacy Day reached more than 38,000 people and will put books in the hands of students at 20 New Brunswick schools over the next few weeks.

The giveaway, hosted through Facebook, was organized by Elementary Literacy Inc. 

Catherine Barry, the program manager for Elementary Literacy Friends NB, said the giveaway worked by encouraging participants to comment on the organization's post with the name of the New Brunswick elementary school they would like to see win a set of books. 

Participants were also asked to like and share the post to be entered in the draw.

"The response has been unbelievable, really," Barry said on Wednesday afternoon. 

"We've had 38,000 people reached, over 1,100 shares, and we had nearly 700 comments."

Barry said the initial plan was to give out 10 prize packages, made up of several different books for children, but the intense interest in the contest led the organization to double that number to 20. 

"Those contests do typically do well or better than some of the things we post on Facebook but this response was really exciting for us," she said. "We love to see that. But of course we know New Brunswickers care. [The response] is certainly indicative of how they feel and that they feel [literacy] is important in their communities."

Erin Schryer, the executive director of Elementary Literacy Friends NB, agreed. 

"I was really struck by the uptake we had because to me it shows just how much New Brunswickers value education, literacy and supporting their schools," she said.

"This contest was not about giving out free books to select individuals, but asked our followers to tell us what school they wanted the books donated to. With over 1,300 shares and comments, contest participants were passionate and excited about the possibility of giving their school new books. I think this also speaks to New Brunswickers knowledge that books and reading are critical to children's future success, health and well being."

Barry said the goal is to have the books on their way to the winning schools over the next couple weeks so students can enjoy them before the end of the school year.

"We learn to read by reading," she said.

"Having a variety of sometimes new books helps ensure that there are enough books available so that most or all students have something to read that might interest them."

Winning schools across the province include: 

Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School

St. John the Baptist/King Edward School

Bristol Elementary School

Blackville School

Norton Elementary School

Queen Elizabeth School

Beaverbrook School

Rexton Elementary School

Birchmount School

Petitcodiac Regional School

Quispamsis Elementary School

Harvey Elementary School

Milltown Elementary School

Edith Cavell School

Gagetown School

Apohaqui Elementary School

Napan Elementary School

Jacquet River School

Canterbury School

Gretna Green Elementary School
 

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick
 

Sharing a book, building an avid reader

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Fri Apr 8 2016 
Tammy Scott-Wallace 

SUSSEX * Students in Sussex found a good fit in more ways than one on Thursday.

And at the end of their time spent engulfed in the pages of library books, Rosalyn Hyslop hopes a greater love of reading was fostered among the young people.

Hyslop is the co-chairperson of this fall's Fog Lit Festival in Saint John, and said the Good Fit reading program was instigated by festival organizers as a way to engage young readers through a mentorship model.

When the festival began three years ago for all aged readers and writers, Good Fit was housed at the Saint John library as part of the event. What happened, she explained, is while a lot of children got involved, many of them were already committed readers.

The Fog Lit board wanted, instead, to reach out to students in their communities and last year took the program to two schools in Saint John, and two in the Kennebecasis Valley.

This year schools in those regions participated again but the program was further extended into Sussex where, in the fall, Sussex Corner Elementary school students were teamed with high school readers, and on Thursday Grade 4 and 5 students of Sussex Elementary School enjoyed the same experience.

The younger students met with those from Sussex Regional High School at the library and they went on a scavenger hunt to explore different types and titles of books. They then settled in to read them together in a buddy reading scenario.

Jacob Cunningham, a Grade 12 student who listened intently to Nathan Buchanan's reading, he is an avid reader today because his mother read to him at night. She set the example, he said, just as he wanted to help set an example for his Grade 4 reading buddy on Thursday.

"I know what it was like at this age and every night reading with someone older," Cunningham said. "I really loved that reading time."

For Grade 5 student Isaline Smyth, teaming up with Grade 12 student Maddie Malone at the library was a thrill. Malone is a figure skater like her.

"We skate together. In the dressing room she is very funny," Smyth said, beaming at the opportunity to read with someone she admires.

Whether it is looking at the pictures and the entertaining script in the hardcover Ripleys Believe It Or Not book Malone and Smyth read, or a magazine or newspaper, Hyslop said the program is geared to encourage children to read anything they enjoy.

"You just need to find your good fit book," she said. "We want these young readers to get excited about reading, and that happens when they are excited about what they are reading.

"It doesn't have to be a novel. Some like to read about facts, or comic books or magazines," she continued. "The main goal in this program is to get young kids interested in reading, and that becomes easier when they have an older buddy like they have here today read with them. It makes it more exciting."

And for the high school students, they returned to the library they hadn't stepped foot in for too long, and had the fun of mentoring a younger person who was keenly interested in hearing about what they like to read.

As part of the Fog Lit outreach program to schools, the festival is responsible for the cost of busing the students. In Sussex, that initiative was supported by the Sussex Area Community Foundation.

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick 

 

Community Updates

 
Literacy Group Changes name to “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 over 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 info@adultliteracyfredericton.org

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 over 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 info@adultliteracyfredericton.org
 
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 lcnb@nbliteracy.ca. 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 lcnb@nbliteracy.ca or 1-800-563-2211.

Professional Development Opportunities
SkillsNB


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 skillsnb@skillsoft.com.
 
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