Local literacy related programs and events built in partnership with South Island Community
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.
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The following programs are proudly supported by Saanich Peninsula Literacy
The Open-Air Library is a free program sponsored by Saanich Peninsula Literacy in partnership with The Town of Sidney, PCEC “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project, Sidney Girl Guides and many others. The goal of this free program is to encourage and model the importance of reading together, sharing ideas, books and literacy-related resources in a relaxed and accessible outdoor space for all ages.
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.
PCEC Books for Breakfast
This is a drop-in, free event for young children and their families. You will enjoy stories, songs, puppets, a light breakfast snack and get to take home a book to keep! For more information email PCEC Coordinator
A celebration for readers and writers. The 2017 Sidney Literary Festival will be held September 22-24 at the Mary Winspear Centre.
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. Stay tuned for our 2018 event.
Books for Breakfast and Literacy for Lunch
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.
Next Books for Breakfast event: June 15 (Registration begins June 8.)
To Register: email: firstname.lastname@example.org & 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.
9:00 – 10:15am Books for Breakfast (check in starts at 8:40am)
11:30 – 12:45pm Literacy for Lunch (check in starts at 11:10am)
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).
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 Nation Reserve and one at the Pacheedaht Reserve in Port Renfrew.