Creston Literacy Contacts
Community Literacy Coordinator
CBAL Office: 121 Northwest Blvd., Creston
Tues. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Community Literacy Calendar
Thank you to our funders
• British Columbia Gaming Commission
• College of the Rockies
• Columbia Basin Trust
• Decoda Literacy Solutions
• Government of Canada
• Ministry of Advanced Education
• School District #8 Kootenay Lake
• Selkirk College
Nominate an 'Unsung' Literacy Hero
It is time for nominations for the 4th annual Creston Community Literacy Award. This year, rather than nominations of professionals who do literacy work as part of their jobs, we are looking for nomination of the 'Unsung' Heroes of literacy. We are interested in hearing about everyday people who have really made a difference in someone's life by providing literacy and learning support.
Please take the time to give a pat on the back to someone who really deserves it. Just fill out the nomination form here and return it to Linda Steward at the CBAL office or at the Library. Al nominees will be honoured in early September when the award is presented.
Creston Community Programs
Programs for Children and Families
Books for Babies is a book bag with a new board book and information on Early Childhood Services in our community to parents of every new born in Creston. This is a partnership between the Creston and District Public Library, the Public Health Nurses and CBAL.
A Book Under Every Tree is an annual book drive to collect new or gently used books for the Ministerial Association's Christmas hampers.
Community Bookshare is an on-going book exchange with no rules or cost, and many book shelf locations throughout the community. Books donated by the Gleners, Friends of the Library and community members.
Little Chefs is a fun cooking program for parents and young
children. Families cook together, learn about food and recipes, and then share the meal they have created with other families. The program ends each day with a short stroller walk. CBAL is partnering with the Family Place on this program.
Making Connections is a program for parents with children in Kindergarten to Gr. 6. Over 10 weeks, parents explore the ways that they can support their child’s literacy development and school success. This program is supported by elementary schools.
One-to-one Children's Reading brings parent and community volunteers into the schools to read with children who are falling behind their peers in reading skills.
Story Time Evenings are an opportunity for parents in Crawford Bay to gather together and share a bedtime story with their children, do a craft and have snack.
Stress Free Reading for Parents is a three hour workshop which shows parents how to lessen the stress and increase the fun of reading at home with their children.
Yaqan Nukiy Youth Program engages youth ages 12-16 after school in culturally appropriate and literacy related fun activities.
Programs for Adults
Adult Literacy Tutoring program trains volunteers to work one-on-one with adults wishing to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and/or numeracy skills.
Adult Computer Training brings beginner computer skills training to adults in rural communities.
Community and Conversations for Newcomers gets you out into the community to try various recreational activites and practice your conversation skills, while making friends and learning about Creston.
The Learning Place is an informal drop-in time for anyone who
needs one-on-one help with literacy tasks such as filling out forms,
understanding medical information, practicing basic computer skills, reading or writing.
One-on-One Adult Computer Tutoring provide individual help to learn basic computer skills.
"Settling In" English as a Second Language Program (ESLSAP) provides English language instruction at the College of the Rockies and matches learners with a volunteer tutor to practice their English with and help them learn about Canadian culture.