Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Saying 'Thank You'

“45000 Good Reads” was the theme of a thank you event that recognized the major funders of the Quality Storytents program in Crescent Valley in September.

Thank you plaques were presented on International Literacy Day, to funders who have donated more than $10,000 in the six years since the program began.

In the photo, L-R, are Sarah Mudge, Greater Saint John Community Foundation Board Member; Amber Robertson, Provincial Raise a Reader Representative; Blair MacDonald, New Brunswick Children’s Foundation Chair; Suzanne Ball, Saint John Free Public Library Chair; Trevor Holder, MLA Saint John Portland & Storytert participants Theresa Lunn, and her two children (in front, L-R), Dawn and Jared. The celebration took place at the Crescent Valley Community Tenant’s Association on MacLaren Blvd.

Here's a special shout-out to MLA Holder for MCing the event.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

45,000 Good Reads

Robert Munsch's Stephanie's Ponytail is one of the 45,000 good reads experienced by the kids in Crescent Valley, New Brunswick's largest public housing neighbourhood.

The 45,000 refers to the total number of books read over the past six summers (according to Summer Reading Club stats) plus the number of books borrowed from the bookwagon over the 200+ trips made since December 2003.

The yearly breakdown looks like this:

- 4,000 books recorded read in 2003 Storytent program
- 4,400 books recorded read in 2004 Storytent program
- 5,694 books recorded read in 2005 Storytent program
- 4,882 books recorded read in 2006 Storytent program
- 5023 books recorded read in 2007 Storytent program
- 4,414 books recorded read in 2008 Storytent program
sub total = 28,413
- 17,224 running total from Bookwagon
- 45,637

By the way, Stephanie's Ponytail and two other Munsch classics, The Paperbag Princess and Mortimer, are easily the most-often read books in Storytent, with Phoebe Gilman's Jillian Jiggs close behind.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Saint John Rotary Support

Our Quality Storytents program recently received gifts of books, funds and friendship from the Rotary Club of Saint John. It started with an invitation to speak to the Club back in February:

Rotary's guest speaker on Feb. 04, 2008 was Cheryl Brown, Community Literacy Coordinator – Quality Learning New Brunswick. Cheryl gave a very informative presentation on the community-based literacy program – “The Reading Tent”. Children of all ages take advantage of mobile libraries – “moved about the community on a wagon” – during the summer months. Moms and Dads also join in as volunteers and readers alike. The Rotary Club of Saint John is partnering with Cheryl’s organization for its Literacy Project.*

We'd like to thank the Rotarians for their interest in community literacy, and promise to keep them updated about our work.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

QLNB Receives Award

Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood LiteracyDr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Awards, Bathurst, NB April 27, 2008

Quality Learning NB, Saint John, is close to my heart. I have participated in the StoryTent program in the Crescent Valley Housing community in Saint John, walking side by side once with the StoryWagon. I have seen the excitement of children and their parents. And I know that Cheryl Brown and her group, especially Wendell Dryden, are making an important difference in the lives of many families in Saint John. I am so glad that you have received this award today, and I thank you from my heart!*

And we would like to thank the Senator for all her wonderful support over the years. For more on the 2008 event, see the FANB webpage.