Merritt aims to be named most ‘read’ city during 2018 Literacy Week
Literacy Week is set to kick off in Merritt on January 20, and locals will have plenty of opportunities to get their hands on new reading materials next week.
Things start at the Merritt Library at 2 p.m., where kids and adults can meet for story time at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“For each story we have related crafts and a few games. Literacy Merritt will also be bringing his fish pond, so all the kids who come will have the chance to fish for a free book. said Meg Gregory, Merritt’s chief librarian.
Then it’s Merritt Centenarians’ turn to support reading in our community, as the team will be collecting new or lightly used books in partnership with the Interior Savings Credit Union during their game at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on January 20. added to the collection which is up for grabs through the Bright Red Bookshelf program at Merritt.
Bright red shelves are placed in several places around the city, and locals are welcome to pick up a book – for free – from any bookshelf in the city. If you like the book, you can keep it or return it and pick up another one.
“There are a lot of places now [with Bright Red Bookshelves]. The library recently made a donation to help with children’s books, ”said Gregory.
“Our goal is to improve literacy outcomes and we are particularly interested in getting good books into the hands of as many children and families as possible,” said Jane Kempston, Board Member of administration of Literacy Merritt.
Visit shelves located at Community Policing Office, Indoor Savings Bank, Lower Nicola Indian Band Office, Merritt Centennials Office, Merritt Civic Center, Merritt Library, Merritt Toys and Games , Nicola Valley Advocacy Center, Nicola Valley Aquatic Center, Nicola Valley Hospital, Nicola Valley Hospital Public Health Unit or Scw’exmx Child and Family Office could pay dividends, because the ballot boxes will be in these places, offering residents the chance to win a literacy gift basket.
Events continue throughout the week, leading up to the “15 Year Old Reading Challenge” on January 26-27. During these two days, residents will be instructed to read anything for at least 15 minutes and report their literacy activity to the local library. .
“We’re not going to test you on what you read,” Gregory joked. “We hope to beat last year when 1,726 people called.”
If enough people in the community commit to reading, Merritt could be named BC’s most “reader” town.
“I like the fact that he reads anything – some people don’t really like reading novels and that’s perfectly acceptable,” Gregory said. “Non-fiction, magazines, newspapers… everything!”
For a full list of events in the Nicola Valley during Literacy Week, see literacymerritt.com/calendar/.