Reach a Reader Day is one of the ways Cariboo-Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) promotes and raises awareness of the importance of keeping our literacy skills up.
So you ask yourself, “What the heck is literacy and why does it matter?”
Literacy has many different definitions and is forever changing with our changing world.
CCPL’s definition of literacy “is the complex set of skills necessary for daily life, employment, citizenship and personal enjoyment of our modern and diverse society influenced by lifelong learning, changing needs, skills use or retention, and health.”
Why do our literacy skills matter? Improving our literacy skills helps with every decision we make in our lives.
We live richer, fuller, more joyful lives with higher literacy skills. We are able to understand how world events affect our personal lives like turbulent money markets and rising interest rates.
We have the skills to make informed decisions based on the information and to make necessary changes in our lives. With improved literacy skills we make better decisions about our children, our community, our health, and our money.
CCPL offers free programs and services to help you with your learning goals. That might be getting your Grade 12, a boat license, filling in forms and improving your computer skills.
We also help newcomers to the community to learn about all the great things in Williams Lake. You set the learning goal. Make this year the year to improve your literacy skills.
Melody Newcombe is an operations support worker for Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy