For many years the Centre has been delivering family literacy programs such as Rhymes that Bind and Books for Babies in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library. On September 5, at Sprucewood Library, the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize and strengthen their efforts to increase literacy for Edmonton children, families and adults.
The signing event included a demonstration of the family literacy program Storysacks using the story “Jingle Dancer”. A highlight of the event was the performance of a Jingle Dance.
Storysacks with an Aboriginal focus will be the first program to be piloted following the signing of the agreement. A Storysack is a large cloth bag containing a children’s book with supporting materials to stimulate reading activities. By using many of the traditional skills of Aboriginal people making crafts, sewing, telling stories, teaching original languages the program will foster a healthy sense of family, cultural pride and belonging.
“Edmonton has the second highest urban Aboriginal population in Canada,” comments Maureen Sanders, Co-Director of the Centre. “We are delighted to work with Edmonton Public Library in offering this innovative program for Aboriginal families.” Linda Cook, EPL’s Director of Libraries adds: “This partnership will allow us to develop new services and share resources in support of literacy.”
Colleen Crozier, Aboriginal Family Literacy Coordinator, and Darlene Auger, guest reader, present the story “Jingle Dancer”.