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Anniversary Celebrations a Big Hit

January 2011 was the start of a year-long celebration of the Centre’s 10th Anniversary. The year saw the Centre build on current partnerships and activities and develop a variety of new initiatives.

The Exploring Family Literacy booklet was developed in partnership with the Alberta Art Gallery, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Fort Edmonton Park, Royal Alberta Museum and Winter Light Festival. The booklet contained ideas and activities focused on literacy for parents to use both at home and during visits to our partners’ venues. The Downtown Business Association distributed to over 3,000 copies of the booklet at their Family Day Festival in February.

The contest Splash! Celebrate Summer was launched at the Alberta Library Conference in the spring. Libraries from across seven regions were encouraged to submit their Summer Reading Club activities along with photos. In September a library from each region was selected as the winner of 50 children’s books to add to their collection.

There was no shortage of creativity. Pirates, sharks, submarines, whales and other water related creatures appeared in many forms. The Carstairs Library reported “the windows were covered with colourful fish, sea stars and other ocean creatures, turning it into a fish bowl.” At the Bonnyville Library every week they had a “wet” day with water gun fights, water balloons or a slip and slide. As well, their crafts included making sand castles out of boxes, a massive fish with amazing scales and paper bag octopus.

The Rotary Branch Library in Drayton Valley celebrated National Parks Day by taking a trip to the North Saskatchewan River and participating in environmental workshops done by the Eagle Point-Blue Rapids Council.

Formal presentations by either staff or Board Members from the Centre were held at each library, often with Library Board Members, town councilors and the media in attendance. “It was really neat for us to see all the things that libraries are doing to engage families, and the entries to this contest really showcased that” said Kim Chung, Program Director for the Centre.

October saw the Centre partner with LitFest to present “Write to Literacy”. Participants of the Learning Centre Literacy Association Abbottsfield Writers’ Circle shared how literacy issues framed their experience and how they used creative writing to change that frame of reference. LitFest’s “Writers’ Cabaret for Literacy” was a fundraiser in support of the Centre’s work.

It is fitting that the final celebration will be the Leading with Literacy Breakfast, our annual event held in recognition of Family Literacy Day and the presentation of the Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards. Previous winners of the Lois Hole Memorial Learner Award are all planning to be in attendance, as they want to be part of this special celebration.


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