Young readers enjoy Storytime at the Invermere Library recently. Photo by Lorene Keitch

Books for kids in Columbia Valley: help reach a reader

Event this Thurday, October 12th to raise money for literacy initiatives

Submitted by CBAL

Community leaders and volunteers will join the Columbia Valley Pioneer, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL), to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and to raise funds for this year’s Reach a Reader campaign in the Columbia Valley. This year’s campaign theme is Books for Kids.

The 7th annual campaign is taking the action to the streets on Thursday, October 12th. Volunteers will be partnering with The Columbia Valley Pioneer to collect donations. Throughout Reach a Reader Month, piggy banks will be available at Kootenay Savings Credit Union, local businesses, and community-based literacy programs.

“This campaign is about raising awareness and supporting families in our community with children’s books,” says community literacy coordinator Katie Andruschuk. “We want to promote a love of reading and life-long learning. Early exposure to a variety of books will increase children’s comfort level and enjoyment of reading, supporting emerging literacy and ultimately contributing to school success.”

In the Columbia Valley, funds raised will help support CBAL to purchase quality books for children and their families in the Guys Read and Books for Toddlers programs. Books will also be distributed through a variety of events such as Book Under Every Tree and Family Literacy Day.

Early literacy skills are essential in helping children learn how to read; having access to quality books helps to foster these skills. Struggling readers experience numerous barriers as they continue throughout their school years and this impacts not only their learning, but their confidence and self-esteem.

You can support the Books for Kids campaign by making a donation for a paper today at Invermere Sobeys or Valley Foods between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or by dropping some change into one of the piggy banks you will see around town throughout October. You may also donate online at cbal.org. Take the opportunity to help reach a reader and donate today!

To learn more about community-based literacy programs in the Windermere Valley contact Katie Andruschuk, Community Literacy Coordinator at

kandruschuk@cbal.org or go to cbal.org.

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is a not-for-profit organization that develops, promotes and delivers literacy and essential skills services for people of all ages in the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions.

CBAL’s 16 community literacy coordinators provide services in 77 communities, working with local literacy advisory committees to develop effective literacy programs and resources in the communities they serve.

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