September is “Literacy is Life” month. This campaign is a province-wide fundraising and awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of literacy, creating a new, modern understanding of literacy, and raising funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across British Columbia.
On the Sunshine Coast we are planning a number of fun events to support these goals. In particular, staff from the Sechelt and Gibsons Public Libraries will be hosting a pop-up storytime event on BC Ferries called Word on the Water. On Saturday, September 26th on sailings between Langdale and Horseshoe Bay, riders will be treated to stories read by library staff. Look for the roving storytellers on sailings between 10:30am and 1:30pm. Other events include Stories at StrongStart; join Gibsons Deputy Mayor Charlene Sanjenko on September 28 at 11am and Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne on September 30 at 11am as they read children’s stories at the Early Years Centres in Gibsons and Sechelt.
The launch of Books for Babies also takes place in September, this initiative promotes the importance of early language and literacy experiences for infants and highlights fun and simple ways parents can interact with their newborns. With the help of Vancouver Coastal Health, Public Health Nurses will deliver a book plus singing and rhyming activities to all newborns and their families on the Sunshine Coast.
These activities are organized and sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition. The coalition partners include, Capilano University, Community Resource Centre, Gibsons & Sechelt Public Libraries, School District 46, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Sunshine Coast Early Years Centre and Welcoming Communities. The Coalition promotes literacy for all ages by organizing events to celebrate literacy, developing and supporting literacy projects in the community, promoting public awareness of literacy and literacy-related issues, working in partnership with other organizations, and providing professional development and training in literacy.
For more information on these events or the Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition visit their website: www.sunshinecoastliteracy.org or drop by the Library, visit our website: gibsons.bc.libraries.coop or call us at 604-886-2130.