Elk Valley Community Literacy Coordinator
521 - 4th Avenue, Fernie
Mondays 9 am - 12 noon & 3 - 5 pm
Tuesdays 1 - 3 pm
Wednesdays 9 am - 12 noon & 1 - 3 pm
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Contact Ashley Retford at 250-946-6474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more about our FREE programs? See the program descriptions below.
Children and Family Literacy Programs
Books for Babies provides new parents with books for their babies, as well as tips for starting the learning process early.
Cooking on a Budget is fun way to learn how to budget for groceries and learn money saving strategies. A group meal is prepared and enjoyed together. All food and supplies are included in the program.
Internet Safety and Credibility is a workshop for parents with children of any age. It teaches adults how to detect fake news and looks at the online games and social media platforms children and teens are using today.
Lego Lovers is a hands-on after-school program for five and six year olds and a parent or caregiver. Children will explore various topics using Lego. They will be given the chance to follow visual and oral instructions, as well as plenty of time to use their imagination.
Love 2 Learn is an early learning program for children three to five years old and their parents or caregivers. A facilitator leads a circle time with songs, stories and rhymes. The facilitator models ways in which the parent can engage the child in conversations and activities around literacy. Materials are available for learning through play experiences.
One-to-One Reading Tutor Training prepares volunteers to assist children in the public school system with their reading skills. The primary focus of this program is to make reading an enjoyable, lifelong activity!
One to One Tutoring: The Next Generation is a workshop designed to teach parents of struggling readers in Grades 6 - 12 ways to help their child improve his/her reading and give him/her confidence.
Storytelling Alive! is a workshop for people working with families of children under the age of 6. Storytelling techniques, ideas and information are shared. Oral storytelling, draw and tell, prop stories and felt board stories are explored.
Tablet Time is a program for parents and their 2 to 5 years old children. Along with story time, songs, snacks, crafts and games, families learn about healthy use of digital mobile devices. This may include, educational apps, iPad yoga and age appropriate games.
The Parent Network - Early Years is for parents of preschool aged children. Parents participate in facilitated discussions on how to support their child's learning while their children enjoy the library's story time.
The Parent Network - School Age is a program for parents of school aged children. Parents participate in facilitated discussions and learn new skills to support their child's learning and school experience.
Adult Literacy Programs
Adult Computer Classes teach adults the basic skills for using computers. Participants will gain confidence making and saving documents, navigating the internet and email, loading and saving photos and more.
Audio Book Club is a new kind of book club. This program allows adults to listen to an audio book with a group and have a discussion immediately afterwards. There are always hard copies of the books to follow along with or participants can colour the detailed colouring pages provided while listening.
English Language Classes (ESL) offer small group sessions for individuals seeking to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
iPads for Seniors - Q & A is a workshop where facilitators are available to answer questions regarding the basic use of iPads and mobile devices.
Murder Mystery Mondays is a program where adults listen to and read along with Agatha Christie audio books. A facilitator leads a discussion about the story and possible suspects each week until the murder is solved.
One to One Adult Literacy Tutoring matches tutors with adult learners who would like support with basic reading, writing, math, computers or job skills.
Telling Our Life Stories teaches fun and interesting techniques for organizing your memoirs and composing an autobiography. No writing experience is necessary.
WorkBC Workshops offer group workshops on interview skills, internet and email, networking and job searching.
Thank-you to the following for supporting literacy in the Elk Valley!