Laubach Literacy New Brunswick

(Moncton, New Brunswick – January 23, 2014) – As Family Literacy Day nears, the head of a provincial group that helps adults improve their literacy skills says now’s a great time for New Brunswickers with reading, writing or math challenges to sign up for help.

“One of the best gifts adults who struggle with literacy can give their families is to sign up for free, confidential literacy training in a program like ours,” says Deanna Allen, Executive Director of Laubach Literacy New Brunswick. “Not only will literacy training change the adult’s life for the better, it will also have a significant impact of the lives of their family members. We all need to do everything we can to prevent the continuation of the low literacy cycle in this province from one generation to the next.”

Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, was developed in 1999 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadians to spend at least 15 minutes daily enjoying a learning activity as a family.

Research – such as the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey – shows that it is more difficult for parents with low levels of literacy to support their children’s literacy development and to pass on positive attitudes about the importance of learning to read and write, says Allen.

“Adult literacy programs offer opportunities to break this negative situation,” she says. “Literacy is a key indicator of health and is also closely connected to income and employment. It’s important to know that participating in a literacy program does more than just benefit the individual. New Brunswickers should consider doing it for their kids and their grandkids, too!”

Laubach Literacy New Brunswick has literacy councils around the province made up of volunteers who help adults 16 and over improve their literacy skills through a free, confidential program. Trained tutors work one-to-one with learners, supporting various learning styles and cultural diversity.

For more information about the free program offered by LLNB, call (506) 384-6371 or 1-877-633-8899 or visit www.llnb.ca.

Media Contact:

Deanna Allen

Executive Director

Laubach Literacy New Brunswick

(506) 384-6371 (office); (506) 863-8559 (cell)

laubachliteracynb@nb.aibn.com

Family Literacy Day events involving LLNB councils:

  • This Saturday, Jan. 25, Miramichi Partners in Literacy will hold a “Literacy Fair” to celebrate Family Literacy Day. The fair, free to all, will feature various area organizations involved in literacy, including LLNB’s Miramichi Literacy Council. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northumberland Square Mall, Miramichi.
  • On Monday, Jan. 27, Laubach Literacy Fredericton will host an information session at 356 Queen St., Fredericton. The free event, being held from noon to 1 p.m., will explain the Laubach Literacy program and provide an excellent opportunity to discover how you or someone you know can improve their reading and writing skills. Lunch and coffee/tea will be provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (506) 458-8211 or email info@familyenrichment.ca
  • On Tuesday, Jan. 28, LLNB’s Southern Carleton Literacy Council will join the area Rotary Club and Woodstock Middle School in the ‘Thunderstruck on Reading’ kick-off. Grade 6 to 8 students at Woodstock Middle School will each be given a book to read and discuss in February and March. Prizes and achievement certificates for top student presentations will be awarded through the literacy initiative.