Thursday, June 25, 2015

Saint John Free Public Library supports Storytents

Heather McKend, QLNB Board member; Maryann Lewell, SJFPL Board President;
Cheryl Brown, QLNB Coordinator; Suzanne Daley,  SJFPL Board member

QLNB would like to thank the Saint John Free Public Library for its continued support of our family literacy work.  This year, the library is providing support for the Quality Storytent program and Summer Reading Club outreach in three neighbourhoods: the Old North End (Victoria Square); the Silver Falls community; and a south end neighbourhood not yet determined.

Quality Storytents is a weekly outdoor reading and book borrowing program that takes place rain or shine in public green spaces.  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 more than a decade of community literacy work beginning with its role as a founding partner of the Saint John Family Literacy Advisory Committee.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Study Groups: Supporting Adult Learning

When some provincially sponsored essential skills and GED preparation classes ended a week before June's GED writing, a few Old North End residents looked to QLNB and the Nick Nicolle Centre for support.  The Centre provided space for, and QLNB hosted, three extra full days of group study. The foreign policies of various Canadian prime ministers, the ill-effects of inopportune comma placement and the deeper mysteries of Pythagoras' theorems were all scrutinized; intermingled with inferred poetics and the cellular structure of water plants.

Alas, all good thing must end.  On the eve of the GED write, and just ahead of the start of ONE Change's summer programming for children and teens, we called it quits and packed away our adult resources for the summer.

Going forward, QLNB is working with some of our friends to develop a handful of online learning resources - mostly GED focused at first - in support of year round, self-directed adult learning.  Stay tuned for more up-dates.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

RiverCross Celebration Sunday


QLNB spent a sunny, Sunday afternoon storytenting at RiverCross's Hope Mission barbeque located between Metcalf and Main streets in Saint John's Old North End.  We broke our event tent record – it was very nearly standing room only at times – at this very well attended affair.  By the end of the afternoon, we had hosted 16 adults and 48 children, totaling 64 readers.

We read books, distributed flyers and reconnected with neighbourhood friends old and new.  RiverCross has invited us back to their Hope Mission between Main and Metcalf  to help out at the corn boil this fall.