Welcome to the February 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:

"Literacy Changes Lives" - Adult Learner Writing Contest

We are holding our 6th annual writing contest in celebration of Adult Learner’s Week 2016. We invite adult learners from across NB to share with us stories about how their future will be different because of their adult learning program.

This year's theme is “ Literacy Changes Lives”. Each winner will receive $100 and from April 13-17, 2016 we will feature each winner on our website and promote their story through local media. full details are available here.

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.

Event tickets are $150 individually, or $1,200 for a table of eight. 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 $20. Prize Value: $2,500. Draw: April 11 at the PGI Literacy Dinner. Call 1-800-563-2211 for tickets

In The News

There's been lots of literacy news in the past month. Here are some stories worth reading:

Reading mentors wanted to fill ELF need

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Fri Feb 19 2016 
Rebecca Watson 

SAINT JOHN * Elementary Literacy Friends is calling out for reading mentors to help raise literacy rates in Saint John. 

ELF, which is a volunteer-based reading program, is asking for at least 40 reading buddy volunteers to fill a training session March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Saint John Free Public Library.

Although ELF works with all schools in Saint John, eight schools have been prioritized - Champlain Heights, Centennial, Forest Hills, Loch Lomond, Morna Heights, St. Patrick's, Bayview and St. John the Baptist/King Edward. 

Those are the schools that either haven't had their needs met this year or have a growing need that needs to be filled, said Erin Schryer, executive director of ELF.

"But if there is somebody out there interested in another school, we do encourage (them) to still volunteer," she said. "Some schools are running spring sessions and may need somebody."

The reading commitment consists of working one-on-one with a Grade 2 student twice a week after school for 10 weeks.

Training is mandatory for all volunteers, Schryer said. 

"We hope to have a minimum of 40 people at next month's session," she said.

At the training session instructors cover policy 701 - Policy for the Protection of Pupils. 

Volunteers also need to submit a Criminal Record Check to the school before working with a child, Schryer said. 

Volunteers will then follow a structured curriculum spending the first ten minutes reading with the child, trying to ignite a passion for reading within the child, Schryer said. 

"Then volunteers would spend time in a more structured activity such as fluency reading, site word work and games that reinforce the work they've done," she said. 

The final 15 minutes would be back to reading together in a student-lead reading time, Schryer said. 

"You want the pieces to come together and to come back to reading," she said. "We learn to read by reading, so the more the volunteers can spend time reading with the child, we say go for that."

ELF volunteers have ranged from high school students to retirees.

The training session is helpful in providing that minimum level for everyone to understand the commitment and what the program is about, Schryer said. 

"We don't require people to have a background in education or teaching reading, we provide that at the training session," she said, adding there is special emphasis on male volunteers. "There's always little boys that would love to work with a man and read together."

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)

Two Fredericton libraries to see service expanded in the spring

The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) 
Wed Feb 17 2016 
Tara Chislett

Two Fredericton libraries will see their doors open more often in the spring.

The Fredericton Public Library is set to open seven days a week while the Nashwaaksis branch is slated to be open six days a week, starting April 1.

The announcement was made at a recent meeting of Fredericton city council.

Ward 10 Coun. John MacDermid told Fredericton city council recently the plan had been in the works at the provincial level for several months. 

"It was going to happen, then it stopped, then it happened again," he said. 

"This is fabulous for the parents, this is fabulous for the children, this is great for the community." 

Julia Stewart, the library director for the Fredericton Public Library, attended the meeting and thanked councillors for their support. She noted the downtown branch alone has had about 191,000 visitors through its doors in 2015.

A pilot project proposing expanded services at libraries in five communities - Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Edmundston and Campbellton - was initially planned to start Jan. 10 according to an internal memo to library employees. 

But in mid-December, the provincial government said the plan has been put on hold as the provincial government works on a comprehensive long-term literacy strategy.

Meghan Wallace, a spokeswoman for the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, confirmed there are plans to have the Fredericton Public Library open seven days a week. She declined to provide further details about the plan, saying full details will be announced "in the coming days."

© 2016 The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)

Reading is Wild program marks one-million-books milestone

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 
Tue Feb 9 2016 
Alan Cochrane

Moncton * Moncton Wildcats right-winger Conor Garland stirred up some friendly rivalry between young Leafs and Habs fans at Magnetic Hill School Monday as he read from the Canadian classic The Hockey Sweater.

As he read from the illustrated story by Roch Carrier, there were some cheers and jeers from the children and teachers when he got to the part where the little boy opened his package from Mr. Eaton and was appalled to find out it contained a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, and not a Montreal Canadiens jersey.

Gathered on the floor in the school gym, the kids were asked how many were Leafs fans. About half of them put up their hands and cheered. Then they were asked how many were Canadiens fans. The other half put up their hands and cheered. But when asked how many were Wildcats fans, they all joined in a thundering chorus of "Go Cats Go!"

Garland, who is a native of Boston, and other members of the Wildcats visited Magnetic Hill School Monday to mark the milestone of one million books read in the Reading Is Wild Program. The Reading is Wild Program was started in 1998, using the popularity of the Wildcats hockey team as a motivational tool to encourage reading and literacy among young students in local schools.

The Wildcats said that almost 20,000 students at 45 schools have participated in the program, reading a total of one million books so far.

Several of the readers of the week from Magnetic Hill said they were keen to be reading. Five-year-old kindergarten student Anneke Boss, daughter of Keith and Janice Boss of Moncton, shyly said "Franklin" when asked about her favourite books to read.

Each year, four local schools participate in the 12-week program. The schools set their own goals for the number of books to be read and each week the schools select a student as their reader of the week. Results are published in the Times & Transcript, recognizing accomplishments while creating friendly competition.

On Monday, members of the team and Wildcats president Robert K. Irving visited two schools - École le Sommet and Magnetic Hill School - to mark the one-million-books milestone. 

"One million books - that's an accomplishment we should all be extremely proud of," Irving said. "But it's not just the number of books that's important. Through education and literacy our students built confidence, self-esteem and drive to develop their full potential. Education is a large component of the Wildcats' training program. The players understand it is critical to their own success, so they are eager to share that by serving as role models to children in our community. Everyone wins."

Irving presented the school with a large banner celebrating the one million books milestone.

Greg Ingersoll, superintendent of the Anglophone East School District, said students have benefited from the partnership with the Wildcats.

"Literacy skills are fundamental in the education of our children," he said. "This program not only shows the value of reading but also gets students excited about it. Our students are sometimes in awe that the person they've seen play at the Coliseum is the same person sitting in their class and reading a book to them. It certainly has a significant impact that will stay with the students as they continue their education."

Joey Richard, a Moncton Wildcats player, said he grew up in Dieppe and had memories of the Reading Is Wild program.

"It's truly an honour to now visit students and help inspire them to read more," Richard said in a news release. "I appreciate the opportunity and the ability to have an impact on their lives."

© 2016 Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)

This sure isn't your daddy's former library

The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) 
Fri Jan 29 2016 
Barb Scott

Surprisingly, in an age of e-readers, we keep going to our local libraries.

Have you been lately? They have become lively community hubs, long gone the days of stern librarians shushing any who dare to speak above the merest whisper.

On a cold winter eve last January I ventured into the new children's section of the public library in Fredericton in search of a book for my grandson. What a happy hubbub there was. An activity was just ending in a bright, warm space of tables low to the floor. There had been treats and it looked like a craft. The young patrons were excitedly chattering, packing up their things for home and choosing books to take along. The librarian gently reminded the more rambunctious to slow down, no running please. When did the library become such a comfortable, fun space?

There are still those lovely rows of shelves filled with books on everything from how to change a carburetor to the latest mystery novel. For a book lover, there is no more enjoyable way to while away an hour than wandering about the stacks, discovering a new author or an enticing subject to pique a new interest.

But books are only one part of today's library, which usually includes meeting rooms for community use, working spaces and inviting stuffed chairs. You can peruse rows of DVDs and find collections of popular televisions series, recent movies, documentaries and children's cartoons. Chances are there will be a wide selection of music CDs to appeal to a variety of tastes and ages. 

Don't have Internet? A printer? Pull out a chair at a library workstation. 

Yoga for teens at the library? Yup. At least this winter in Fredericton. Knitting clubs and reading clubs? Those too. During my last visit, a young mother, with a wee one on her lap, had accepted the invitation stuck to colourfully painted piano to sit and play. The instrument was tucked in the corner of a gallery space. On the walls was an intriguing photo study of human hands.

I never entered a library until my family moved to Fredericton. But I had already been borrowing books. One day a special vehicle had pulled up to the little Barony school house. It was a Bookmobile. Timidly, I stepped aboard and my eyes almost popped from my head. I could hardly comprehend what I was seeing - so many books in one place and wonders of wonders we were allowed to take one home!

The last of the bookmobiles, which opened a world of reading, and the world, to so many country children in the sixties, were taken off the road just last year. 

Libraries are one of the equalizers, allowing all free access to knowledge and information. The only requirement is a card. Today you don't even have to leave your house to get one. You can apply online - in New Brunswick it's still free - and with that card, download books, read newspaper stories from across Canada, and search articles in periodicals and journals. The books can be at any branch in the province. Top that for a bargain!

It is estimated that nearly two out of three Canadians have a library card. With the advent of computer access we are making more use of them. In 2011, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) released a study that showed library use up a remarkable 45 per cent over the past decade. Much of the increase in transactions was taking place online, in the form of tapping into those databases I mentioned earlier, and visits to library websites and catalogues. This was five years ago, when even our kids were still figuring out they could read a librarybook by clicking an app on their smartphones. 

Interestingly, growth was not limited to the cyberworld. A good portion (16 per cent) was in actual real items borrowed. People were not going to the library any more often, they were just leaving with more under their arms.

We Canadians are readers. We buy books and we borrow books. Books are expensive. I borrow. So do a lot of you. In fact, the global library collective OCLC estimates that in this country we borrow twice as many books from libraries as we buy from bookstores, although we have far more bookstores. 

Sure, we're getting books and movies to pass the hours while we wait for spring but not just that. Many of us are also using the library to improve the quality of our lives and get ahead. In 2011, the number crunchers at the OCLC determined (based on info from 159 libraries across six provinces), that every month more than 200,000 Canadians get job-seeking help at their public library. 76,000 times every month, too, business owners and employees use resources at public libraries to support their small businesses. That's with only a fraction of the 607 libraries listed by the CULC heard from. 

Enough with the figures. Well, just one more. I checked the New Brunswick Public Library Foundation's last annual report and if I used my calculator correctly, slightly less than a third of New Brunswickers have a library card, far below the national figure. 

If you have not been, why not take a swing by a library near you? You will find more than stacks of books and little need to worry you'll be "Shushed."

Barb Scott is a baby boomer trying to get a handle on growing older.

© 2016 The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)

Community Update - LDANB

LDANB-TAANB has opportunities for part-time tutors in Oromocto and Fredericton! Click below for further details.


Community Update - Fredericton Public Library

The Fredericton Public Library has tons of cool activities ready for March Break! Check them out below. 


Have any March Break plans? Check out the Fredericton Public Library for free events for the whole family. Build, watch, stretch, laugh, play, and dance over March Break at the library! Please check out the attached brochure or scroll down for more information. 

Minute to Win it Challenge
Monday, March 7, 2:00 pm
Hey 6-12 year olds! Are you fast enough to be a winner? The pressure is on as you race to complete a number of silly and ridiculous challenges in under a minute. Bring your friends for hilarious fun! Call 506-460-2806 to register.

March Break Movie: Minions
Tuesday, March 8, 2:00 pm
Munch on popcorn as you enjoy a big screen movie! Join Kevin, Stuart and Bob, as they set forth to find a new evil boss. No need to register!

March Break Movie: The Good Dinosaur
Wednesday, March 9, 2:00 pm
Enjoy this thrillingly beautiful, family-friendly movie by the Disney Pixar team. In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. No need to register!

Yoga for Families
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 pm
Join us with your child for fun yoga practice with a certified yoga instructor. We will twist and bend and stretch together as a family. There will be partner poses, yoga freeze dance, and lots of laughter. No experience or equipment necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and bring an adventurous spirit. Space is limited. Please call 506-460-2806 to register.

March Break Baby Boogie
Thursday, March 10, 11:00 am
Come and join us for fun with your baby at the library. The program is designed for babies 0-19 months and their caregivers. We will explore the senses and support visual and auditory development with dance, play, sing-along songs, and more! Please call 506-460-2806 to register.

Family Fort Building at the Library
Thursday, March 10, 6:30 pm
Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned fort? You know the one’s were talking about: built with every cushion, pillow, tablecloth and sheet from your closet that you can find! Children and grown-ups alike will enjoy the whimsy and joy of building a giant fort at the library and playing in it. All materials provided by the library. No need to register for this free program.

The Candyland Adventure
Friday, March 11, 10:30 am
Do you have a sweet tooth? Children of all ages are invited to join us at the library and race along the rainbow path of sweet adventure. We’ll transform the library into a giant Candyland world based on the most delicious board game around! Please call 460-2806 to sign up.

Library Quest Games Day at the Library
Saturday, March 12, 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Children, teens, and adults are invited to join us for a fun-filled afternoon playing board games generously donated by Unplugged: Board Games Café. Call 506-460-2482 to reserve your seat. 

Family Ukulele Jam
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 pm
Join us at the library for a ukulele jam session. We’re welcoming enthusiastic ukulele players of all skill levels for a hip jam session! Bring your ukulele to join in, or use one of ours. There is no need to register for this free program.

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
That's it for this edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick Newsletter! Happy Holidays, and we'll see you in 2016!
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