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Reach a Reader: out with the old, in with the new

CCPL volunteer Claire Shreiner and the CCPL mascot, Sir Read-a-Lot, sell papers during last year’s Reach a Reader campaign.   - Tribune/Weekend Advisor file photo
CCPL volunteer Claire Shreiner and the CCPL mascot, Sir Read-a-Lot, sell papers during last year’s Reach a Reader campaign.
— image credit: Tribune/Weekend Advisor file photo

Out with the old, in with the new!  This well worn phrase rings particularly true for Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) annual Reach a Reader event.

Do you recognize any of the scenes in these pictures?

Every January, on the fourth Thursday – usually the coldest of winter days! – friendly volunteers stood outside local businesses and “sold” the Tribune by donation.

The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the importance of literacy and to raise funds for local literacy program such as:  Financial Literacy; Partner Assisted Learning; Books for Babies; and the Bright Red Bookshelf to name just a few.

But how does one “sell” newspapers that are now free to everyone in the community?

In comes the new.

We won’t be “selling” newspapers this year, but you can look forward to a month of fun activities that promote literacy at home and in the community.

Here are some of the events taking place this month that celebrate literacy and lifelong learning:

• Sir Read-a-Lot, CCPL’s moose mascot, will visit schools and do an interactive reading;

• Sir Read-a-Lot will attend the Family Gathering at Anaham Band School

• Family Literacy Week is Jan. 26 – Feb. 1.  Look for activities at the library and other community programs

• Our very popular Family Fest will wrap up our series of events on Sunday, February 2.

This popular free family event celebrates all things literacy with lots of interactive booths, games, puppet plays, storytime, music, and food!

We hope to reach many readers, young and old, in our “new” 2014 Reach a Reader campaign.

Stay tuned to future articles.

 

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