Tumbler Ridge Library gets grant to help literacy


As part of series of grants to improve adult literacy in the South Peace, the Tumbler Ridge library is getting $21,756 for literacy training.

In total, the Province is granting $69,354 to South Peace organizations, part of $2.4 million the government has earmarked for community adult literacy programs in 75 BC communities in 2015-16.

Also receiving grants are the Chetwynd Public Library, which is getting $17,998, and the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, which is getting $29,600.

“These community-based literacy partnerships help adult learners gain confidence and build the learning foundation they need to follow their dreams, pursue advanced education, and take their place in the skilled workforce of today and the future,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.

According to the press release, funding is distributed to non-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local places such as schools, Aboriginal friendship centres and community centres. The program is tailored to suit the needs of any adult with low-literacy ability, and is delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small-group classes.

“Tumbler Ridge Public Library, in partnership with Northern Lights College (TR) appreciate receiving this Adult Literacy funding,” says Head Librarian Paula Coutts. “This funding geared particularly for adults is especially necessary given the current economic/employment situation in Tumbler Ridge.”

Community organizations collaborate with a public post-secondary institution in their region. These partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and/or employment training. Northern Lights College is collaborating with the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, the Tumbler Ridge Public Library and the Chetwynd Public Library.