Literacy Outreach Coordination
The Literacy Outreach Coordinator engages with the community through committees, projects, events, and partnership initiatives. This helps us to be responsive to community needs, avoid overlap, develop support for literacy, recruit new volunteers, and share information about our services. Some examples are outlined here.
The Literacy Society of the North Okanagan chairs and participates in community committees that help inform the direction we take. This includes the North Okanagan Early Years Council and the Adult Literacy Service Providers Network.
We have partnered with the Okanagan Regional Library and downtown businesses to offer “Story-Window” Walks. Pages of a story are divided and placed in storefront windows. Families or children’s groups get a “map” from the library and walk store to store reading the story and answering “skill-testing” questions along the way, which they can enter into a prize draw upon completion. Hundreds of children and adults learned “How to Catch a Yeti” and travelled with a mouse to meet a “Gruffalo” and floated in “The Red Canoe” on Canada Day. Watch for the next Story-Window Walk this winter during Family Literacy Week!
The Early Learning Action Team keeps organizations serving the early years connected, identifies gaps, and shares resources to better serve the learning needs of young families.
Books for Babies and Pre-K
The Literacy Society of the North Okanagan has partnered with the Vernon Health Unit to provide “books for babies and kindies” at their immunization clinics. Families are presented with a new high-quality book to share with their little one and are encouraged to read daily with their children to support their language and literacy development. Thanks to generous donations, thousands of books have been distributed over many years.
Adult Literacy Service Providers committee works together to better serve adults, newcomers, and seniors.
This year we identified a need to recruit volunteers for our various programs so a Volunteer Fair was successfully launched in partnership with the Okanagan Regional Library and our Adult Literacy Providers. We were able to expand the event to include many other community organizations in need of volunteers. The event was very popular so planning for an annual event is in the works.
The Literacy Society Outreach included participation in a successful Seniors Fair. This allowed us to share information about our Adult Digital Literacy Program as well as provide seniors with opportunities to volunteer in our other programs. This was a win-win collaboration for everyone involved.
Watch for us at other community events and locations such as the Community Expo, Vernon Farmers Market, and Canada Day Celebrations.