Fundraising, Makerspace and other news from the library

TOBY MUELLER

   It is a busy season at the Lillooet Public Library. We had a full house at the author talk with Don Dickenson. Forty people came out to listen to Don read from his newest novel “Rag and Bone Man”. It was an illuminating and entertaining evening, the book is now in our Library, with a waiting list.      

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   Upcoming on Nov. 19 at 7p.m. we will have a presentation from Matthew Legge based on his new book. “Are We Done Fighting Yet: Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division” examines practical, fact-based methods for building peaceful relationships even when we don’t agree. You can access more information about the book and presentation through our website; click on the banner advertising the event and you will be brought to Matthew’s website.

  Our Makerspace is gaining in popularity as people learn what the concept is about and how much fun it can be to attend. For those of you who have not heard the term before here is a quote from makerspace.com: “A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.” Each month we showcase a different craft or skill. We are starting low tech with sewing, knitting and clay. We will be working up to high tech sessions in the new year. Every Tuesday afternoon Room 203 transforms into a buzzing hive of creative fun.  There is time for kids and families from 3:30 to 5:30 and from 6 to 7:30 it’s set up for adults.  We have volunteers to help you learn, equipment and materials to play with and lots of scope for your own imagination.

   On a more serious note we are embarking on a fundraising campaign to sustain and increase the impact of our Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). The CALP is an outreach program that provides one-on-one tutoring for adults who want to increase their reading, writing and basic digital literacy skills. We offer an accessible program designed to increase the literacy skills, self-esteem, and self-confidence of adult learners.

   According to the 2016 Census 18.8 per cent of adults in our area do not hold a high school diploma. Overall, 30.1 per cent of all adults are below a Grade 3 reading level. This is the target demographic for our program. Our clients include people who have multiple barriers such as cognitive and physical disabilities, mental health issues and trauma that keep them out of formal learning opportunities.

  The Lillooet CALP is also the only English as an Additional Language program in our region. We serve a diverse group of new Canadians, helping them learn English and connect with other services and social opportunities.

Our CALP receives government funding through the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education. Over the last two years we have suffered a $9000 cut in this funding. The resulting budget shortfalls threaten our ability to deliver the program effectively. We are seeking donations from private foundations and individuals. Your donation is tax deductible. When you chose to support our CALP you choose to provide opportunities and hope for a vulnerable and often overlooked group of people. Contact Toby at the Library 256-7944 for more information.

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