Monday, July 16, 2012

Library supports 10th year

Cheque presented by Patti Chisholm, Vice Chair and Michael Richard, Board Member
A long time supporter of QLNB and family literacy work throughout the city, the Saint John Free Public Library is providing support for the Quality Storytent program and Summer Reading Club outreach for a 10th year.

Quality Storytents is a community literacy program that takes place rain or shine, four days a week over eight neighbourhood locations.  The Summer Reading Club is a province wide public library program that encourages reading by allowing children to set a reading goal for the summer, track their progress with logbooks and stickers and celebrate their accomplishments.

We are pleased and proud to have had the Saint John Free Public Library on board, as a funder and a friend, over the past decade.  The library was a founding partner of the Saint John Family Literacy Advisory Committee, and has been a constant supporter and friend in much of our other work with families in the Crescent Valley neighbourhood.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

City of Saint John supports Storytent

Recipients of 2012 Neighbourhood Development Stimulation Grants
Recipients of 2012 Neighbourhood Development Stimulation Grants
Quality Storytents received funding again this year from the City of Saint John Neighbourhood Development Stimulation grants.

This summer, the City is funding our direct work with parents.  In the fall of 2011, we received several requests from parents with their own literacy challenges for lower-level children's books they could read to their children at home.  This developed into a pilot project for offering bundles of books at fixed levels of reading difficulty, and making these available to interested parents and caregivers who accessed the Storytent or Bookwagon (door-to-door library) programs.

The City of Saint John has been a sponsor QLNB's storytents and other projects since 2009, and we have been delighted to have them join us in support of our 10th summer of programming.

Juanita Black receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Hon. Trevor Holder, MLA with Juanita Black

QLNB board member and treasurer, Juanita Black, was one of the Canadian recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Juanita received her medal here in Saint John at a lovely ceremony on June 22.

Juanita is a resident of the Crescent Valley neighbourhood, a long-time block parent, and a past president of the Crescent Valley Community Tenant's Association. She helps organize a Community Garden, works as Coordinator of the Around the Block community newspaper and has been described as a "tireless worker for the City's poor."  She is a constant volunteer for events like neighbourhood clean-up, Christmas parties, and Crescent Valley Fun Days. Less visibly, she is a constant source of encouragement and information for many of her neighbours.  As we stated when she received a 2010 YMCA Peace Medal, we feel lucky to have her on our board.

Thank you, Juanita, and well done.