Monday, August 22, 2016

Wrapping up Storytents 2016

family reading at storytent on Michael Crescent

We're coming up to the last few storytents of the season.

Our last 2016 tent at Roxbury will be on Wednesday, August 24, from 4:00 - 6:00. Our last 2016 tent on Michael Crescent, at the Nason Rd. playground, will be Thursday, August 25, from 4:00 - 6:00.

boys reading at storytent on Roxbury Drive

After that, we have two more event tents scheduled.

We will be joining RiverCross on Sunday, September 4, for their Fall Corn Boil (Hope Mission, Main St., 4:00 - 6:00; times may vary).

Our final tent will be on Monday, September 5, at the Labour Day barbecue held by the Saint John and District Labour Council in Rockwood Park at Fisher Lake, right after the parade (11:30 to 1:30; times may vary). This is a family barbecue open to the public in celebration of labour solidarity and pride, and a new event for us.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Storytents at Roxbury - Where everything's new!

children reading in quality storytent at Roxbury

 After a slow start, our Roxbury tent has filled with readers.  Last week we had 15 kids and 4 adults join us, many wearing their new "I love Storytent" t-shirts. We also had a visit from Children's Librarian and QLNB board member Heather McKend.

child borrows book from storytent on Roxbury

This is a trilingual tent where you can hear English, French and Arabic (and, yes, we have books in all three languages). It's also a place where many families are new to us, to storytent, to Canada and, in some cases, new to English. This has opened a wonderful space for us to reflect on how we communicate with families and what messages we most want to get across.

quiet storytent on Roxbury

This Wednesday coming, Environment Canada warns, we might be sidelined by heavy rains and lightening. Roxbury is already pretty windy because it is perched on a hilltop. A thunderstorm would be much too exciting for us to put up a tent. But maybe the rain will blow through earlier in the day.

Location of storytent on Roxbury Drive

Here's hoping.

Poster about storytent on Roxbury Drive

sponsors of 2016 quality storytent

Saturday, August 13, 2016

MLA Trevor Holder Visits Storytent


Those lazy, hazy days of summer. Portland-Simonds MLA Trevor Holder stopped by the Michael Crescent area storytent to read a few books and chat with residents. Mr. Holder has been a longtime supporter of storytents, and it was he who introduced us to this neighbourhood in the south-eastern corner of his riding.

In our storytent program, adults and children are invited to drop in and read to themselves or each other, and maybe borrow a book or two for the week ahead.  Some families only come to read.  Some only come to borrow. In either case, there are no fees, no fines, and anyone who wants can sign up to the provincial Summer Reading Club.

Storytent is a casual, come-as-you-are program.  We also like to say it's a rain-or-shine program, and usually it is. But when a sudden August rain squall blows up, threatening to blow away our tents, we tend to take cover.

In partnership with the Silver Falls Community Association, the Saint John Free Public Library, and the City of Saint John, and with support from the Province of New Brunswick and the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, QLNB will be running storytent at the Nason Road playground, from 4 to 6, for two more Thursdays.  Hope to see you there.

silver falls community association logo

sponsors of storytent 2016