Thursday, September 29, 2011

Province Supports Storytents

Juanita Black, QLNB Board member and member of the CVCTA
thanks Minister Holder for his long time support of Storytents

With the successful wrap-up of our 9th summer, we want to recognize and thank the provincial government for investing $12,500 in Quality Storytents, an outdoor reading program that outreaches of the provincial summer reading club program, and provides families a fun, safe place to read or borrow books.

At the announcement of the funding, on a rainy summer morning, Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Trevor Holder noted that the program played a vital role in creating productive, engaged and culturally aware residents.  "The Quality Storytent project has achieved great success in Crescent Valley, and it has encouraged other communities, such as Campbellton, St. Stephen and Sackville, to start the program."

This year, the project depended on a partnership between QLNB, the Saint John Free Public Library, the Crescent Valley Community Tenant's Association, and the Crescent Valley Resource Centre.  We ran eight storytents per week, Monday through Thursday, over 9 weeks, allowing 148 neighbourhood children to attended the Storytent or Bookwagon lending program.  Seventy-seven children registered for the Summer Reading Club.  Registered or not, the children recorded reading a total of 4330 books this summer. As well, 27 adults made use of the Storytent and/or Bookwagon: between them, children and adults borrowed 869 books.

Many thanks to the children and families who participated and to our partners and funders:  Province of New Brunswick, Saint John Free Public Library, Crescent Valley Community Tenant’s Association, Crescent Valley Resource Centre, Saint John Y’s Men, Literacy Coalition of NB PGI Fund, and Walmart.

Announcement of Province of NB support for Quality Storytents, Aug 4th.
Back row (L-R):  Cheryl Brown, QLNB; Nancy Savoie, CVRC; City of Saint John Councillor Gary Sullivan;
Hon. Trevor Holder, Minister of Wellness Culture and Sport/Saint John Portland MLA;
Heather McKend, Saint John Free Public Library; Juanita Black, CVCTA.