Many literacy tools, not just books

Francesca de Freitas and her sons Liam 5, and Eion, 2, play reading games  Photograph by Jenelle Schneider

Francesca de Freitas and her sons Liam 5, and Eion, 2, play reading games.
(Photograph by Jenelle Schneider/The Vancouver Sun)

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun

Long ago, people learned to read with books.
Libraries were full of books to borrow.
Books and pens were the main literacy* tools.
But much has changed.
*literacy (LI-ter-ra-see) means the ability to read and write.

Technology
Now there are iPads, smartphones
and websites to help with literacy.
Francesca de Freitas is a children’s librarian
with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL).
She says iPads, smartphones, picture books,
nursery rhymes and songs are all great literacy tools.

For parents and children
The VPL has a new program for parents and children
called Apps for Your Littles Ones.
The VPL also has iPads for public use
in the children’s area at its central branch.
Parents and kids can try these iPads.

Librarians show how to use technology
Parents can also go to the library to get help
from librarians like Francesca.
Librarians can show families popular books and apps.
Librarians can teach families how to use apps, too.
“I think it’s great to expose your child
to as many literacy tools as you can,” says Francesca.
Technology can help many people to improve
their reading and writing skills.

Raise-a-Reader Campaign

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Vancouver Canucks alumnus Kirk McLean and fans in downtown Vancouver Photograph by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Canucks alumnus Kirk McLean and fans in downtown Vancouver
Photograph by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun’s Raise-a-Reader campaign has started again!
On Wednesday, September 24,
The Westcoast Reader and many volunteers,
such as the Vancouver Canucks hockey team,
will look for donations to help to raise funds for illiteracy in B.C.

Since 1997, The Vancouver Sun has raised $7.5 million.
All the money raised goes to the Canucks Family Education Centre,
the Vancouver Public Library Foundation and Decoda Literacy Solutions.

If you see a volunteer, please support this great campaign.

September 8 is International Literacy Day

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UNESCO poster for International Literacy Day 2013

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UNESCO started International Literacy Day 40 years ago.
The day reminds people that literacy is a human right.
A good basic education equips pupils with skills required for life and more learning. It is the foundation of all learning.

Literate parents are more likely to send their children to school.
Literate people are better able to continue their education.
Literate societies are better able to manage development.

Why is Literacy important?

Literacy is:

  • a human right
  • a tool of personal empowerment, and
  • a means for social and human development.

Contact your local literacy organization or library for more information about literacy in your area.

Adapted from UNESCO. org