Richard Rolke

Richard Rolke

Reading boosts Junction

Junction Literacy Centre is inviting the public to listen to an array of readers at the Vernon library Wednesday

Story time is for everyone.

As part of Read Aloud Day, the Junction Literacy  Centre is inviting the public to listen to an array of readers at the Vernon library Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.

“The event is intended to celebrate the joy of reading,” said Wendy Aasen, Junction Literacy Centre executive director.

Among those who will be reading are Richard Rolke, Morning Star senior reporter, Brian Martin, with Sun FM, storyteller Gabe Newman and authors John Lent and Laisha Rosnau.

The event will also wind-up the centre’s Loonies for Literacy campaign.

Pink piggy banks have been distributed around town and a large piggy bank will be at the library to collect toonies and loonies for literacy. Chocolate loonie cupcakes will also be available by donation.

All proceeds will directly support literacy programs and initiatives in the community.

Many of the Junction Literacy programs are designed to build solid reading skills in youth.

The popular One to One program matches students in Grades 1 to 3 with volunteers who spend 30 minutes reading individually with the child.

“Reading is fundamental to life, and we strive to assist parents and our community partners working to develop young readers, so that no one is left behind,” said Aasen.

If you cannot make it to the library event, the Junction Literacy Centre is encouraging businesses, organizations and clubs to host their own read aloud event and collect loonies for literacy.

Donations can made online, in person or mailed. See www.junctionliteracycentre.ca or call 250-275-3117 for more information.