Friday, October 7, 2016

A local celebration of the 50th International Literacy Day

QLNB Writing the future 50th International Literacy Day
QLNB 50th International Literacy Day

UNESCO’s theme for the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day was “Reading the Past, Writing the Future.” QLNB asked the CVCTA to help us mark the day.

Writing the future 50th International Literacy Day
Writing the future - 50th ILD

Together, we organized a barbecue for CVCTA members and a few invited guests. Invitations were sent out by email or hand-delivered. On the day, we offered water or juice, hot dogs and vegetable shish kabobs, and a decorated slab cake. We set up two display boards; one holding remembrances of past events, and the other personal aspirations for future learning. We also had blank journals and books for children, youth and adults to give away. (Forty of these children’s books were supplied by Talk With Me - Parle-Moi;.) The event began at 4:30 and wrapped up at 6:00.Volunteers from the CVCTA, TWM-PM, and QLNB helped out. Local MLA Trevor Holder was on hand to cut the cake.

QLNB Cutting the cake 50th International Literacy Day
MLA Trevor Holder

About 50 people were in attendance, with 48 books or journals being claimed (Fifteen by adults, 33 by or for children). Remaining food items were left with the CVCTA for use in their community. Remaining books and journals were left with QLNB to be used in at a future event.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Wrapping up Storytents 2016

family reading at storytent on Michael Crescent

We're coming up to the last few storytents of the season.

Our last 2016 tent at Roxbury will be on Wednesday, August 24, from 4:00 - 6:00. Our last 2016 tent on Michael Crescent, at the Nason Rd. playground, will be Thursday, August 25, from 4:00 - 6:00.

boys reading at storytent on Roxbury Drive

After that, we have two more event tents scheduled.

We will be joining RiverCross on Sunday, September 4, for their Fall Corn Boil (Hope Mission, Main St., 4:00 - 6:00; times may vary).

Our final tent will be on Monday, September 5, at the Labour Day barbecue held by the Saint John and District Labour Council in Rockwood Park at Fisher Lake, right after the parade (11:30 to 1:30; times may vary). This is a family barbecue open to the public in celebration of labour solidarity and pride, and a new event for us.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Storytents at Roxbury - Where everything's new!

children reading in quality storytent at Roxbury

 After a slow start, our Roxbury tent has filled with readers.  Last week we had 15 kids and 4 adults join us, many wearing their new "I love Storytent" t-shirts. We also had a visit from Children's Librarian and QLNB board member Heather McKend.

child borrows book from storytent on Roxbury

This is a trilingual tent where you can hear English, French and Arabic (and, yes, we have books in all three languages). It's also a place where many families are new to us, to storytent, to Canada and, in some cases, new to English. This has opened a wonderful space for us to reflect on how we communicate with families and what messages we most want to get across.

quiet storytent on Roxbury

This Wednesday coming, Environment Canada warns, we might be sidelined by heavy rains and lightening. Roxbury is already pretty windy because it is perched on a hilltop. A thunderstorm would be much too exciting for us to put up a tent. But maybe the rain will blow through earlier in the day.

Location of storytent on Roxbury Drive

Here's hoping.

Poster about storytent on Roxbury Drive

sponsors of 2016 quality storytent

Saturday, August 13, 2016

MLA Trevor Holder Visits Storytent


Those lazy, hazy days of summer. Portland-Simonds MLA Trevor Holder stopped by the Michael Crescent area storytent to read a few books and chat with residents. Mr. Holder has been a longtime supporter of storytents, and it was he who introduced us to this neighbourhood in the south-eastern corner of his riding.

In our storytent program, adults and children are invited to drop in and read to themselves or each other, and maybe borrow a book or two for the week ahead.  Some families only come to read.  Some only come to borrow. In either case, there are no fees, no fines, and anyone who wants can sign up to the provincial Summer Reading Club.

Storytent is a casual, come-as-you-are program.  We also like to say it's a rain-or-shine program, and usually it is. But when a sudden August rain squall blows up, threatening to blow away our tents, we tend to take cover.

In partnership with the Silver Falls Community Association, the Saint John Free Public Library, and the City of Saint John, and with support from the Province of New Brunswick and the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, QLNB will be running storytent at the Nason Road playground, from 4 to 6, for two more Thursdays.  Hope to see you there.

silver falls community association logo

sponsors of storytent 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Summer Reading Club outreach at the Nick Nicolle Centre

 Cheryl Brown of QLNB reads at the Nick Nicolle Centre

QLNB has been having fun with the gang at the Nick Nicolle Centre on Wednesdays.

We stop by the Lobby Library between 4 and 5 to read books and up-date Summer Reading Club (SRC) booklets. This year's SRC theme is exploration through time, so we started with the deep past - the dinosaur world of 65 to 250 million years ago!  This was our kick-off event, so we had a book give-away, colouring activities, a fossil table and more.

The next week we had fun reading and learning about Viking life, followed by a week on the medieval world of castles, knights and dragons. Next week looks like pirates and parrots, followed up by a forward looking, final Wednesday of space travel.

So, if you're at or near the Centre on the next couple of Wednesdays, feel free to stop by. Read, get read to, borrow a book or two, up-date your SRC numbers (or sign up - it's never too late).

By the way, the Saint John Free Public Library drops by the Centre on Mondays for another round of reading and activities. For more info on these, or any summer programming, call the Centre at 658-2980.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Storytents East: Nason Road Playground

come read with us

In cooperation with the Silver Falls Community Association and the City of Saint John, QLNB running a storytent program in the Michael Crescent area for the second year in a row. You'll find us beside the Nason Road playground, at the top of the hill, between 4 and 6 on Thursdays until August 25th.

storytent in the rain

Storytent is a rain-or-shine program, and so far we've had both, plus some crazy, gusty winds (the only weather that can really shut us down)!

In our storytent program kids and adults read - to themselves, to each other, to us - or get read to. We have books that are easy, books that are hard, and books in-between. Families can also borrow books or sign up to the provincial Summer Reading Club. It's a come-as-you-are drop-in program; no fees, no fines, open to all.

silver falls community association logo

 Hope to see you next Thursday.

sponsors of storytent 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Passport to Parks

Saint John New Brunswick passport to parks

QLNB is excited to again be part of the City of Saint John's 'Passport to Parks' series. On Saturday, June 25th, we joined the gang at Rockwood Park, setting up in the green commons between the refurbished playpark and the lake.

storytent at rockwood park

It was a wonderfully sunny day, and we were happy to host nearly 60 children and parents.

Later this summer, we will be re-joining 'Passport 2 Parks' at two locations. On Saturday, July 30, we'll be out at the Little River Reservoir from 1 to 4 (rain date, Sunday, July 31). Then, on Saturday, August 13, we're setting up outside the Carleton Community Centre from noon to 4 (raindate, Sunday, August 14).

Our event storytents are 2 to 4 hour drop-in sessions. Families can join us under the tent canopy to listen to stories being read, read to themselves or each other, or just catch a few moments' relief from the sun.

See you then. :)

2016 storytent sponsors

Friday, June 24, 2016

Storytent at the Martinon Community Centre

kids reading in storytent at martinon community centre

School's out - welcome summer!

And what do you do when you get out of school?  Read, of course.

Here's a shout out to the Martinon Community Centre who welcomed us in to join their 3rd annual 'End of School Party.' They had hula-hoops, kick-balls, sidewalk chalk, healthy snacks (with cotton candy dessert), and terrific weather.

kids reading in storytent at martinon community centre

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves reading with more than two dozen great kids.

kids reading in storytent at martinon community centre

For more information about this Community Centre, check out their Facebook page.

storytent at martinon community centre

2016 storytent sponsors