Summer Storywalks
on the Peninsula

Join Saanich Peninsula Literacy and partners for three amazing Storywalks & activities!

What we do

We promote literacy and lifelong learning on the Saanich Peninsula by building awareness and by supporting community actions related to literacy. Our work spans the ages and involves working with partners from all sectors of the community to best serve children, families and adults living on the Peninsula.

Community

Storywalk Events
This summer we’ll offer 3 Storywalk’s with activities 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.

Little Free Libraries
Little Free Libraries are a great way to build community, inspire readers, and expand access to books for all ages. This year we are partnered with local municipalities, the SHOAL Centre and non-profit groups to build, maintain and grow four Little Free Libraries. Check them out in your community!

Central Saanich – Pioneer Park Children & Youth Little Free Library – in partnership with the Woodwyn Girl Guides.

North Saanich – Jubilee Park All-Ages Little Free Library – in partnership with Sidney / North Saanich Library.

Sidney – TBD

East Saanich – TBD

Support

We provide support in a variety of of ways including coordination, linkages, building capacity, spreading the word and occasionally providing funds. Some of the local literacy initiatives we work with, include:

Peninsula “1000 x 5” Book Recycling Project
Every month we donate over 1500 books for babies and toddlers. We invite families to donate picture books; organize volunteers to sort and gift packages; and ensure our partners meet with parents and young children to distribute books to children.

Sidney LitFest
A local celebration for readers and writers. Offering an in-school collaboration with Saanich Peninsula Literacy and SD#63 to pair classrooms with local writers.

Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood
A network of dedicated people representing services, agencies and volunteers across the Peninsula meet monthly to coordinate efforts to support the healthy growth and development of young children (0-6), and their families and to advocate for their well-being. 

Local Groups and Indigenous Communities
Saanich Peninsula Literacy has responded to various requests for support in creative ways, including:
Book donations
Little Free Libraries
Connecting local library programs to community
Family Literacy Packs (during Covid-19)
Collaborating with Science World to offer science literacy programming
Providing materials and coordination to run programs and events
Coordinating inter-agency meetings and opportunities for networking

Building Awareness

Literacy is Life Month
Each September, Eecoda, BC’s literacy non-profit leads a province-wide awareness and fundraising campaign. Literacy Month raises awareness of the importance of literacy, and raises funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across British Columbia.

Sock it to Literacy Campaign
Support Saanich Peninsula Literacy in building literacy awareness by purchasing a pair of merino wool socks. Sock purchases help raise money to support local literacy programs and services.

Family Literacy Week
Every January, Canada celebrates Family Literacy Week and in particular Family Literacy Day, which takes place every January 27th. The aim is to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities. We partner with local literacy Task Groups to build awareness of this day.

Task Group Membership

The Saanich Peninsula Literacy Task Group is comprised of community representatives committed to strengthening life-long literacy. Because literacy is directly linked to the well-being and growth of individuals and communities, task group members recognize the importance of literacy as a community building tool and a strategy for supporting economic, social, health and educational goals. If you would like to become a member of our Task Group, please contact the Literacy Outreach Coordinator

Beacon Community Services
Confederation of University Women’s Club
Greater Victoria Public Library
Peninsula 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Recycling Project
Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC)
Saanich School District (#63)
Sidney / North Saanich Library
Sidney LitFest
Victoria Literacy Connection
District of North Saanich
District of Central Saanich
Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy
Seaside Magazine

Saanich Peninsula Literacy Outreach Coordinator
Shantael Sleight – smsleight@gmail.com


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