Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community. The books are delivered to our collection depot where they are screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families.
The following programs are proudly supported by Saanich Peninsula Literacy
Storywalks are offered every summer and are sponsored by Saanich Peninsula Literacy and in partnership with a variety of community organizations. A StoryWalk® is a FREE, innovative, way for families to enjoy stories in the outdoors. Pages from a children’s book are hung on a fence or mounted to stakes on the ground. As you stroll along the path, you visit each page and enjoy the story in nature, with your family.
This program started in 2008 on the Saanich Peninsula. Since that time it has grown in size and now includes a program in Victoria and the Westshore. Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community. The books are delivered to our collection depot where they are screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families.
A celebration for readers and writers. Our next festival will take place April 20-22, 2023. To receive occasional emailed updates about future festival planning and events, subscribe here.
Seaside Magazine and Sidney / North Saanich Library host an adult book club in Sidney, BC for anyone interested in reading a new genre of book and talking about it with others from the community. Members bring questions or discussion points with them and questions are drawn from a hat, keeping the discussion moving.
The following programs are proudly supported by Your Literacy Connection Westshore
Through this initiative, gently used children’s picture books for young children (birth to 5 year olds) are collected from the community. Families recycle their gently used books at various elementary schools and then they are shipped off to our collection depot at Sangster School. Retired school teachers and community volunteers carefully screen the books for suitability, and count, label, sort and bag them for distribution to young children and their families living in the Westshore communities.
Family Learning Tour
The Family Learning Tour event hosts an exciting selection of learning activities and locations for you and your family to explore. Various businesses and service providers open their doors in January to celebrate Family Literacy Day. Don’t miss out on this fantastic free event! The next Family Learning Tour will take place January 2022!
Books for Breakfast and Literacy for Lunch
Please note: Due to Covid-19 our face to face programming for Books for Breakfast and Literacy for Lunch has been postponed until restrictions are lifted. Please check our social media sites for updated information.
The Books for Breakfast and Literacy for Lunch programs host a variety of local readers, great books, interactive songs, activities and healthy food. Children are given a brand new book to add to their home library, and a personal photo capturing their literacy experience. Parents and caregivers will be exposed to great children’s literature and some simple ways of modeling literacy. Program is FREE for children between 0-6 years.
To Register: email: email@example.com & include:
1. Names of adult(s) attending
2. Names and ages of ALL children attending
3. Specify Program AND Time
You will receive a email confirming your registration. If both event’s fill, a wait list for the next event will be taken. Please notify us ASAP if you can no longer attend an event. You will receive a confirmation by email. If both event’s fill, a wait list for the next event will be taken. Please notify us if you can no longer attend. Please bring a water bottle for your child and your Books for Breakfast Book Bag (You will receive a book bag the first time you attend.)
9:30 – 10:45am Books for Breakfast (check in starts at 9:10am)
12:00 – 1:15pm Literacy for Lunch (check in starts at 11:40am)
Location: Colwood Pacific Activity Centre (CPAC – MFRC) 2610 Rosebank Road
Parking: Parking is ONLY allowed in designated parking stalls in the CPAC parking lot and along Ocean Boulevard. Parking is NOT permitted along Rosebank Road.
The following programs are proudly supported by the Sooke Region Literacy Project
Sooke Book for Breakfast
Preschool story time program that runs once a month in both Sooke and East Sooke from September to May (except for December). Children ranging in ages from newborn to five years old attend a monthly early literacy event that included reading, storytelling, music, movement, snacks and a free book to take home to help build their personal library of quality children’s literature. Books distributed in the program have colourful artwork, innovative stories and some included a CD with songs and animation viewed on a computer. Each month follows a different theme according to the book that is being given away. Healthy snacks are provided. Each session lasts an hour and included time for parents and children to socialize and play. This program was developed and implemented with funding support from Ready Set Learn from School District 62. (We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education).
To register your child, please contact Kate Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Book Bin Program
A local book bin program that distributes approximately 7500 books to the community in a year. Currently, there are six bins: two at SEAPARC, two at the Sooke Family Resource Society (SFRS), one at T’souke Health Centre and one at the Pacheedaht Health Centre in Port Renfrew.