Lillooet Improves Local Literacy

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A $100,000 grant from Literacy Now Communities helped support a variety of initiatives, including the Library Book Bus. The bus was used for outreach, early childhood development activities and delivering the Parents as Literacy Supporters program.

Funds also helped support library service and literacy programs for children at the Xaxl'ip, Xwisten, and T'it'q'et summer camps, and in the Yalakom community; and the school district's Gold Trail summer camp's reading club. Other activities include giving library books to preschools; Books for Babies that provides books and literacy information to families with a newborn; T'it'q'et Parents Group; Lillooet Learns, a project that supports education and community-building; and RhymeTime, where parent and child learn through music and rhyme.

Literacy Now Communities guides communities through a planning process to identify and address local literacy needs. The program focuses on building partnerships, networking and sharing best practices within BC's communities and regions. There are currently 96 task groups throughout BC working to improve local literacy. Literacy Now Communities is supported by the Province of British Columbia.