Marcie Fofonoff, part-time
Family Literacy Coordinator at the Chetwynd Public Library in Northeast
Libraries have tremendous potential for being real community centres
providing space and programming to everyone, across generations and
cultures. They are free, and are holding centres for diversity of opinions,
building awareness, and providing learning opportunities. As such centres
they can create great opportunities for community based literacy programs.
At our library we define literacy as starting with participation in the
community, and in the world - a feeling of belonging. The first place of
learning takes place in the home, and we try to create an extension of that
home - a comfort zone.
Starting with a presentation of our environment and programs, this session
is meant to be interactive with an exchange of ideas of what we all do to bring
people into the library, to get them to return, to take libraries to the
people, and the role libraries play in learning throughout life.
Operating with the belief that all things are tied together, the library
staff members at the Chetwynd Public Library in Northeast
British Columbia, while serving a population of about 5,900
people, strive to provide programming throughout the life cycle. Along with
extensive and varied special events, the library offers regularly scheduled
children's and youth programs for ages 0 to Grade 7, an Elders Circle, Parents Time Out,
Menopause Support and Education
Circle, and Nighthawks at the Library
initiatives, and partners on a Positively Pregnant Program.
3 PM ET / Noon PT
May 23rd, 2006
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Participants will come away from this session feeling inspired over
possibilities to implement in their libraries. Practical ideas will be
presented and discussed for establishing your library as part of the
heartbeat of a community, where to find dollars for programs, how many
staff hours you need to implement new programs, and how to work together as
staff, and with the community, to do so.
Who Should Participate?
Librarians, library staff, trustees, literacy programmers, and volunteers.
Member: $48.00 + GST
Non-Member: $68.00 + GST
About The Presenter......
Marcie Fofonoff s the
part-time Family Literacy Coordinator at the Chetwynd Public Library in Northeast British Columbia. She has also worked in
health promotion and community development in connection with Healthy
Communities for the District of Chetwynd for almost 13 years.
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