Family Literacy Day happens every year on January 27, and offers us a great reminder that we can learn from everyday moments.
Learning does not have to be expensive, hard, or complicated, and learning can happen at any time.
This year, we encourage everyone to “take 5 and read” – whether you read with a child, an adult, a family member, friend or perfect stranger. Taking 5 minutes to read on Family Literacy Day, or all week long, can reinforce the importance of strong reading, writing, math, and computer skills.
Since 1999, when Family Literacy Day began, the Quebec City Reading Council has been helping local families enjoy this day. It is a fun opportunity to remember the importance of reading, writing, math and computers, and sharing ideas about how to have fun with everyday learning. Click here for information about other QCRC programs and activities.
Additional ideas for incorporating Family Literacy Day into School and family learning fun can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Visit ABC Life Literacy Canada’s website to find more information, ideas, and activities help you to celebrate this year’s Family Literacy Day.
Read Family Literacy Day info in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph!
FUN it was - all week long! The fourth annual Karaoke Idol was a smashing success, the annual Book Swap drew volunteers and community members, and our local newspaper covered some of the highlights. See the first article (Adult Learners' Week celebrates lifelong learning) for specific information about why we celebrate Adult Learners, and what it is like to be one.
It is National Volunteer Week, which offers us a great opportunity to thank all our stellar volunteers. Our programs would not be the same without the contributions of our community volunteers.
We greatly appreciate your time and energy!
TEXT FROM QCRC PRESIDENT'S AWARD SPEECH MADE BY TOMMY HANNAN.
Each year, QCRC honours a volunteer who has made a special contribution to the organization in some way.
This year, we would like to bestow that honour on one of our tutors. This lady has been tutoring with us since last October, and during that time has worked with five students.
She has worked one-on-one and with a small group, she has engaged her students at every level, and they have made enormous progress under her tutelage. In addition, she is great to work with, not that any of our volunteers aren't!
She is also a young mother who has a great attitude towards her volunteer work, her students, and the people with whom she engages.
Therefore, we would like to ask Tamika Harton to accept this honour on behalf of the Board of Directors, volunteers, members, and staff of QCRC.
Congratulations and thank you!
22 April 2013
We have enjoyed the summer, but are excited about what autumn will bring. We look forward to seeing you soon, and invite you to mark your calendars for QCRC and Lifelong Learning's first community event of the 2013-2014 year.
JOIN QCRC & LLL at VEQ's ANNUAL FALL FEST
Saturday, September 14
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Vincent Elementary (995 Wolfe Avenue)
You - our volunteers and program participants - are our best representatives. Your enthusiasm and firsthand experience showcase our programs so well. We hope you will be interested in sharing an hour or two of your time to help us spread the word about QCRC programs.
We would like to have volunteers from Lifelong Learning and our tutoring program, as well as our family literacy activities.: Please call 418-681-1258 or email email@example.com.
This will also be a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and program participants, to sign up for other volunteer opportunities, and to learn more about all of our programs.
We hope to see you there!
It is amazing to see that once again we are at the end of a highly successful year at Quebec City Reading Council.
Some highlights of the year included participation in Voice of English-speaking Quebec’s Fall Fest and Newcomer's Fair, where our volunteers manned the QCRC booth to publicize programs and activities, network with our community colleagues and recruit new volunteers.
Following our Annual Christmas Bash in December, we started planning Family Literacy Day, which we celebrated with the help of the Jeffery Hale Community Services and Take A Break parents.
Spring brought lots of energy in the form of our activities to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week in Quebec; our annual Karaoke Idol contest drew an audience of close to 100 people and around 15 contestants. Evidence of the fun can still be viewed on YouTube!
The Community Book Swap was a huge success bringing in around 100 people who enthusiastically swapped hundreds of books. We were also honoured by Eastern Quebec Learning Centre and the Central Quebec School board, during a lovely afternoon tea event.
Volunteer Appreciation Week was a mixture of old and new faces plus the start of nice weather.
Then, in early June, we were delighted to learn we had been selected as one of three winning proposals for PGI special project funding. This $1,500 award will be used to take the Lifelong Learning Program to the next step, allowing us to operate that program through the summer for the first time.
The Essential Skills for the Workplace program was extremely successful this year and plans are well underway to get the program started again in early October. QCRC recently met with key personnel at Eastern Quebec Learning Centre to set some strategic goals for the next academic year. We are looking forward to the continuation of this very fruitful partnership.
On top of all this, QCRC continued our regular activities such as Toddler Time, Lending Library, one-on-one tutoring, the Lifelong Learning Program, and participating in provincial projects with Literacy Volunteers of Quebec and Quebec English Literacy Alliance.
The Executive Board did a stellar job keeping the organization on track. Thanks to President Tommy Hannan, Vice-president Gill Ayre, Treasurer Marilyn Baxter and Secretary Greg Kelm. Nice work!
We welcomed one new reader when Suzanne Bergmann brought a very healthy baby boy, Philipp, into the world in December. We also welcomed a new staff member. Bethann Merkle has been at the programming helm since November 2011, and we are entirely grateful for her expertise, enthusiasm and outstanding commitment to doing a great job.
Finally, an enormous Thank You! goes out to each and every one of you for your continued dedication to QCRC. Community partners and volunteers are the backbone of our organization; there is absolutely no doubt that QCRC would not be able to deliver the high quality services we do without your generosity. You give freely of your time, energy and expertise to ensure the highest standard of programming is delivered to our clients.
We join together to wish all of you a very relaxing, healthy summer and look forward to meeting you again in September.
With very best wishes,
Cathy, Maureen, and Bethann
3rd ANNUAL KARAOKE IDOL March 28, 2012
Students and staff celebrated Adult Learners Week with an enthusiastic turnout at the 3rd edition of our "Karaoke Idol" contest. A collaboration between Quebec City Reading Council and Eastern Quebec Learning Centre, this event highlights our partnership, as well as the supportive and positive learning environment enjoyed by students, staff and the community at EQLC.
QCRC Executive Director, Cathy Nolan explains:
"This event is absolute recognition that being able to read really CAN make a difference in your life.
And, as lifelong learners, we are learning to embrace technology, we are learning about podcasts, iPads, downloading educational material from iTunes; even as we learn to read the lyrics of our favourite songs we get to share these experiences with our peers and have a great time in doing so. The Board of Directors of QCRC is so very proud that Quebec City Reading Council is such a vibrant part of Adult Learners Week in Quebec!"
QCRC will participate in VEQ's upcoming Newcomer's Information Fair this week. If you are interested in learning more about the English-language community here in Quebec City, this will be a great opportunity to meet community organizations, learn about community resources, and perhaps meet some new friends. Be sure to stop by the QCRC table and say "Hello!" We hope to see you there.
Thursday, February 23 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Jeffery Hale Hospital, Coin Soleil Room (2nd Floor), 1250 chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec
Please RSVP (see contact info below).
Free event * Free refreshments * Free parking * Handicap accessible
Parking is available in the hospital lot. A yellow ticket will be distributed at the event for FREE parking.
Join Voice of English-speaking Québec and other community organizations for a fun and informative evening geared towards helping newcomers discover vital services in the English-speaking community. Meet and mingle with other English-speakers and learn about the organizations that will help ease your adaptation and integration process. Presentation starts at 7:00 pm.
Kayress dela Cruz
Newcomers Coordinator, VEQ
418-683-2366 ext 225
Family Literacy Day - What a great way to start the year!
We teamed up with the Jeffery Hale Community Services, and had a delightful, cozy event with the Take-A-Break parents. Our volunteer, Danielle, gave a great dramatic reading demonstration, a couple of lucky parents won gift certificates to support their family reading habits! We also shared some "reading ideas" pamphlets, which provide book suggestions for children ages birth-4. See below for PDF versions of these hand-outs.
Travellin' Toddler Time - A Morning That Counts!
The 2012 Toddler Time season kicked off with a February session here at QCRC. We had a "full crowd", and enjoyed the numbers theme thoroughly - counting blind mice and farm animals in our stories, and making Valentine's mice as the craft. We had a handful of great volunteers, and even one new one!
The next TTT session at QCRC is in May. See the file below to download the full schedule.
We have a solid cohort of tutor-student pairs this spring, including several continuing from last autumn. We are currently seeking tutors for math, reading and writing, and computer skills (particularly Microsoft programs like Excel, Word and Powerpoint). Please contact us today, if you would like to volunteer!
Did you know...?
QCRC offers FREE one-on-one lessons for adults (16+). We are able to help with a range of student-driven topics, including secondary or CEGEP studies, preparation for citizenship or driving exams, etc. Please contact us today if you know of someone who could benefit from our services.
Please join us for our Annual Community Book Swap, in celebration of Adult Education Week!
Please tell your friends & feel free to post the poster (see file below).
We welcome books in good condition, and will have volunteers available to help you decide if your book is appropriate for the exchange. The Book Swap is easily accessible by car (free parking!) or bus (routes 25, 13, & 800/801). Additional information is available below. You are also welcome to contact us directly by calling 418-681-1258 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL COMMUNITY BOOK SWAP
March 28, 2012
Eastern Quebec Learning Centre (cafeteria)
3005, William-Stuart (near chemin St-Louis)
We welcome books in good condition: