On Friday, September 8, Salt Spring Literacy hosted a celebration because it had three reasons to celebrate: its tenth anniversary as a society; International Literacy Day; and its new premises on Rainbow Road, next to the OutSpokin Bike Shop on Rainbow Road.
Cake, snacks, and refreshments were served while Literacy staff and board members gave tours of the new space and answered questions about the many services that it provides the community. These services include the following:
- One-to-One Reading, which sends tutors into elementary schools to work with students on their reading;
- Adult Tutoring, which matches learners with tutors who can help them learn what they want to learn;
- Computer Lab, which provides computer access and tutorials on Wednesdays by appointment;
- English as a Second Language, which one-to-one ESL tutoring to individuals and families;
- Family Literacy, which, in partnership with School District 64, offers family literacy programs for parents at local elementary schools;
- Exam Invigilation, which provides a dedicated, quiet, private room, with a computer and internet if required, and a licensed, certified teacher when necessary; and
- Friendly Readers, which matches readers with seniors who can no longer read.
As with other societies, fundraising and volunteering are crucial to the organizations’ success.
Every year, Salt Spring Literacy holds a weekend-long Giant Book Sale in combination with a Jewels for Literacy sale. This year, the Giant Book Sale begins Friday, November 17, through to Sunday, November 19. Each day it begins at 10am and finishes at 4pm. The sale is held at the Farmers’ Institute.
Jewelry can be dropped off at Café Talia, Mondo Trading, and Salt Spring Literacy. They accept:
- necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings; and
- costume, handmade, vintage, and designer jewelry.
Book bins are set out at BMO, CIBC, and Island Savings. They don’t accept:
- books that are mouldy or in poor condition;
- old computer books or texts books; or
- Reader’s Digest, National Geographic publications, or magazines.
Learn more about donating books and jewelry and about volunteering at the book sale on this webpage.
Salt Spring Literacy needs volunteers to work with adult learners working on courses and to work with ESL learners. Its One-To-One program needs volunteers for our 12-week school sessions starting in October. Those interested can call the centre 250 537-9717 or email coordinator[at]saltspringliteracy[dot]org