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Heap the Honda Children's Book Drive Challenge

January 03-24, 2014

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The Family Literacy Committee is pleased to work with Kamloops Honda to challenge the community and local schools to collect gently used and new children’s books. The books will be sorted and distributed to local agencies to share with families. Our hope is for every child to have good quality books at home to read and enjoy. Books will also be used to stock Bright Red Bookshelves at key locations in the city. Books will be given to children at ABC Family Literacy Day on January 31st.
Thank you to Kamloops Honda and the community for their wonderful support in donating over 40,000 books the past three years.
Join us for the launch at Kamloops Honda on Saturday, January 3rd at 10.00am.
If you would like to volunteer to help sort books, please contact Fiona Clare 250-319-9653

Bright Red Bookshelf

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A legacy of the Summer Games 2010, these bookshelves are stocked with free books from the Heap the Honda Chidren's Book Drive. Children can take books home, keep them, return them, or trade them for new books.

You can find a Bright Red Bookshelf at
Thank you to the Kamloops Kiwanis Club for looking after the book sheves and to the Worker Inmate program at KRCC for building us more book shelves.

ABC Family Literacy Day

January 25, 2014 9.00am – 12.00pm

Henry Grube Education Centre

Organized by the numerous partners of the ABC Family Literacy Day Committee, this day is filled with fun for families with young children. Many guest storytellers, singers, musicians, and athletes will interact with families. Every child will leave with a "new to me" book donated in the Heap the Honda challenge.

Join us to celebrate family literacy together.

One to One Children’s Literacy Program

Two 12 week sessions

Local elementary schools

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This program trains volunteers in simple reading strategies so they can help children who are struggling with some aspect of their reading. Volunteer tutors read one to one with children at local elementary schools.

Next training sessions: September 30, 2014 from 9.00am -noon at the Henry Grube Education Centre; October 07, 2014 from 6.00pm -9.00pm at the Henry Grube Education Centre. Refresher/games training on October 27 from 630pm - 8.30pm To learn more about this program visit

To volunteer call Fiona Clare 250-372-9373

Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week

January 20 -27, 2014


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On January 27, 2015 Canadians from coast-to-coast will have 15 minutes of fun in support of Family Literacy Day®, an annual initiative developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada to encourage parents, children, teens and seniors to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying a learning activity every day.

In our own community, Interior Savings presents "Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week January 20-27, 2015 in partnership with Literacy in Kamloops, the City of Kamloops, KELLI, School District 73, and many other organizations.

Together we are creating an Unplug and Play Schedule of events. This will include activities and events families can participate in during Family Literacy Week. We invite you to celebrate Family Literacy Week with us by organizing an activity or hosting an event that brings families together. Family Literacy Week is about learning together as a family in fun and different ways. There are many ways to practice literacy together as a family - following a recipe, singing a song or playing a game are just a few ways to engage in literacy activities. For more ideas, please go to the national website

Some of the celebrations and events already being planned are:

1.ABC Family Literacy Day at the Henry Grube, January 31, 2015 a fun filled morning for families with young children

2.Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive, January 3 - 24th, 2015
*Free family swims
*Story times at the libraries
Play big or play small, it really doesn’t matter.

Interior Savings Unplug and Play Schedule of Events

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Many organizations are hosting free events for families to enjoy during Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy week, January 24-31. Pick up an Unplug and Play Schedule of Events at any Interior Savings branch, the libraries, the Y, TCC, Westsyde pool, HGEC, Kamloops Honda. Our Facebook Link:

Adult Team Spelling Challenge

May 14 @ 7.30am

Hotel 540

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KELLI and LinK present the 3rd Annual Adult Team Spelling Bee at Hotel 540 on May 14 at 7.30am, sponsored by New Gold. Teams of 8 participate to win the bragging rights to Kamloops Top Spellers! This is a fun team event! Mel Rothenburger will host and three very important folk will judge. Join Urban Systems, TRU and TRU Open Learning, School District 73, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council 73, Two Book Clubs, Aurora and Daybreak Rotary, Arjun Singh/ Councillors and Downtown Rotary, ICS, LinK Community Partners, Kamloops This Week and our elite sponsor New Gold for a gourmet breakfast and a mighty fun spelling challenge. 250-372-9373

Bright Red Book Bus


schools and parks

Come and visit the Bright Red Book Bus for a summer reading adventure! Tuesday: Kay Bingham 10-noon and Parkcrest 1 - 3pm; Wednesday: Bert Edwards 10-noon and Arthur Hatton 1-3pm; Thursday: Stuart Wood 10-noon and Marion Schilling 1-3pm; Friday: A E Perry 10-noon.

July 25 - Prince Charles Park; August 1 - Brocklehurst Park; August 8 - McDonald Park; August 15 - Riverside Park; August 22 - Centennial Park; August 29 - Prince Charles Park.

Children choose free books to take home and read. Sponsored by the Stollery Charitable Foundation.

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