Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



April 27, 2016 - 10:43am

Free libraryThe Yellowknife Public Library hosted a Little Free Libraries workshop recently with Eric Binion and Simon Taylor, a local architect. Eric built Yellowknife’s very first little free book exchange.

This summary will hopefully inspire you to create your very own in whatever corner of the Northwest Territories you live.

April 19, 2016 - 4:37pm
When I got to my house on a sunny day

I found a note pinned to my door,

It was from Aggie and what she had to say

She sure liked my verses and asked me for more.

She told me that April was poetry month

I said that I wasn’t a poet

I told her that I was a versifier

And she said “well, don’t I know it”

“But couldn’t you come up with three hundred words?”

She said “I need them for a blog…”

I told her that maybe I’ll write about birds

but then got a look from my dog

April 14, 2016 - 9:00am
indspire“Our children and youth are the change makers of the future. Education is the key. If youth are supported they will change their circumstances, communities, and this country,” Roberta Jamieson told people at a fundraising luncheon in Yellowknife last week. Ms. Jamieson is the President and CEO of Indspire, an indigenous-led charitable foundation that invests in the education of indigenous people and inspires achievement.

April 6, 2016 - 3:58am
 Parents take a breakTake a Break!  That is the name and the message of a new parent engagement program that we are testing at the NWT Literacy Council.

March 31, 2016 - 9:32am

read to relaxI have always been an anxious person. In my university days my anxiety really kicked in, and I would awake in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep because I was worrying about an assignment due weeks away. This usually resulted in me staying up working on it, then heading to classes the next day utterly exhausted but with a rough draft complete.

March 17, 2016 - 6:22am

Baby BoxesBaby onesies, a snow suit, other warm clothes, diapers, a box for a new baby to sleep in, bedding, a book, and on and on … Those are a few of the 50 items every new mum in Finland finds in their Finnish Baby Box.

The Finnish Baby Box began more than 75 years ago. Originally available only to families with low incomes, now all expectant mothers can receive the package if they register for a maternal and child health program. The Finnish Government funds the project with the goal of giving all children in Finland an equal start in life.

March 10, 2016 - 3:42am
Story Walk'sStory Walks© are fun for children and for us.  Our biggest challenge preparing for recent Story Walks© was coming up with active "challenges" for the children that relate to the books that we read along our walks.  But it was so worth it. 

March 3, 2016 - 3:48am

March is my favourite time of year. The sun is warmer and it’s up longer each day.  I feel refreshed, energetic and am anxious to be outdoors.  Everyone around me seems happier.

February 23, 2016 - 7:59pm

What about the Men?Perhaps you’ve heard about the What About the Men? Northern Men’s Research Project. The final report, released in early January, received a lot of publicity.  We did this research in partnership with our colleagues at the Yukon Literacy Coalition, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ilitaqsiniq – the Nunavut Literacy Council, who led the project.  It was funded by Employment and Skills Development Canada.

February 15, 2016 - 4:26pm
Cut off BlogMy name’s Mya and I’m 13 years old. I recently read the book Cut Off, by Jamie Bastedo.  I was surprised that I liked this book since it’s not the kind of novel I usually read, but after the first few pages I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

I mostly read supernatural romances, but I’m really glad that I tried something new.  I enjoyed the plot and the characters.  This book was amazing.  It is about a teenager with an Internet addiction, who loses his dog, suffers from depression and ends up moving to Canada.  There is even a little romance.


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