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Literacy Fairs: Feb. 2 in Port McNeill & Feb. 5 in Port Hardy

From the Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society 


"What is a Literacy Fair?"
Celebrating January’s Family Literacy Week, the North Island Literacy Fairs are organized by The Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society, collaborating with local schools, non-profit organizations, and businesses to promote a variety of literacy programs and projects in the region. We encourage all forms of literacy, from reading to computers, health, art, music, cultural, and this year, to highlight the importance of ocean literacy, the Marine Detective will present ‘Ocean Mysteries’ and students will present their ocean-themed stories through writing, art, music or dance.  Children attending will receive a free level-appropriate book and participate in literacy activities, crafts, and story telling.


Who should participate?

  • Any organizations or businesses that support literacy in some manner, and would like to promote their programs.

  • Table space is FREE.

  • You supply a display or poster, handouts, and/or man the table to answer questions from the public.

  • To reserve your free table or for more information, contact your local Literacy Outreach Coordinator Melissa Tonkin at

FREE level-appropriate Book to every child attending!
Sponsored by First Book Canada & The Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society


Special Guest: The Marine Detective! Jackie Hildering is “The Marine Detective”, acclaimed marine educator and whale researcher. Join her to discover more of the beauty, fragility and mystery of our local marine neighbours. She will be sharing some of what she has learned from local marine life – from sea slugs to Humpback Whales! This will include a strong focus on helping children deduce why animals are designed the way they are i.e. discussion of animals’ adaptations. For more about Jackie,


Children’s activities include: 
Mother Goose On-the-Go storytelling, crafts & literacy activities.

For adults, information tables will provide literacy related program and project descriptions, and contact information on a variety of topics, from reading, to computer, cultural, emotional, health, mental health, nature, music, and art literacy.


Who can attend?
Everyone in the community! Adults, children, seniors, and families.




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