September 2011

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Links for Literacy Golf Tournament

Ninety-four hardy folks braved a very cool and windy day to compete in the first annual Links Fore Literacy Golf Tournament at Coloniale Golf Club in Beaumont Alberta.

The tournament raised $23,000 for the Classroom on Wheels (C.O.W.) Bus and introduced the work of the Centre to many new friends. The C.O.W. Bus was parked outside the clubhouse and many of the players took the time to drop in and learn a little more about the program.

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Creating a Home That Supports Early Literacy

Research has shown that parents have a profound influence on their child’s early literacy. Parents who talk with and read to their children from birth provide them with the solid foundation in language and early literacy that is so essential to children’s success in daily activities, in new environments and in the formal school setting.

We know that the environmental factors in the early years between birth and age five have a lasting effect on a child’s literacy development. To learn to read, children need to first experience language. There are many activities parents can do to provide a rich home setting that nurtures all aspects of language and literacy.

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Call for Nominations

The Centre for Family Literacy is accepting nominations for the Lois Hole Community Leadership Award that recognizes an outstanding individual, business or group whose efforts demonstrate an ongoing commitment to family literacy in Alberta.

Eligibility criteria and nomination forms are available on our website at www.famlit.ca. The nomination deadline is Friday, November 4, 2011.

Centre Launches New Literacy Program

Isaac Asimov said, “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today.” Recognizing that family literacy programming needed to adapt to the changing needs of our community partners and their families, the Centre developed a new program – Literacy Links.

In consultation with community organizations, the Literacy Links Coordinator develops and delivers a program that best supports their specific needs. The customized program is based on current literacy programs offered by the Centre.

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New Certificate in Family Literacy Offered On-Line

In an exciting partnership the Centre for Family Literacy, Vancouver Community College and Conestoga College are currently offering an on-line learning opportunity for gaining a Certificate in Family Literacy.

Unique across Canada, this credentialed program was developed for all levels of leadership, from executive directors and board members, to frontline supervisors and facilitators. It is designed for those who currently work or wish to work in the family literacy community, as well as those working in related fields such as health, social services, child care family resource programs and schools. In addition to the full certificate program, one or two courses can be taken that are specific to particular fields of practice.

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All Ages,
All Stages

Saturday, Oct. 1
11:30am - 1:30pm
McIntyre Park (Gazebo Park)
Old Strathcona

Join authors, book publishers, entertainers and fellow
readers in celebrating the 22nd annual READ IN Week kick off!

Fall Programs Announced

Relax & Write
Schedule: Thursdays 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Start and Finish Date: Sept 22 to Dec 8
Location: Stanley Milner Library
This program is for adults who are beginner writers.

Books for Babies
This 4 week program encourages parents of infants between birth and 12 months to share books with their babies. Each family is provided with a book bag, books and support material.

Schedule: Wednesdays 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Start Date: September 21
Location: Penny McKee Library
Register: Call 780.496.7839

Schedule: Thursdays 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Start Date: November 3
Location: Woodcroft Library
Register: Call 780.496.1830

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