Community to celebrate literacy

North Coast Literacy Now is holding the Sixth Annual Celebrating Literacy event later this month at the Rupert Square Shopping Centre.

North Coast Literacy Now is holding the Sixth Annual Celebrating Literacy event later this month at the Rupert Square Shopping Centre.

Taking place Saturday, March 28 between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Celebrating Literacy 2015 will consist of fun and educational activities for children and their families.

More than 20 community organizations supporting literacy and learning for North Coast residents are contributing to the event, which will include displays, activities, a craft booth, cultural performances, refreshments and free children’s books.

Two groups will put on performances spanning the mall, the first by the Roosevelt School and Pacific Coast School Drummers starting at 11:30 a.m. on the upper level and the second by Lion Dancers at 1:30 p.m. on the lower level.

Kids of all ages will be able to take home a free book, thanks to donations from the Rupert Square Shopping Centre, the Prince Rupert Rotary Club, Success by Six, the Early Years, AFFNO, Fraser Street Tutoring Services and the Hecate Strait Employment Development Services Society.

There will also be reading material for adults. The Hecate Strait Employment Development Services Society is launching Book of Rainbows 2 at Celebrating Literacy 2015, with copies of the book being given away on the main level of the mall across from the offices.

All the participating community organizations have donated door prizes to be handed out during the event. The final prize, a Kobo e-reader donated by Steven Tao of Rupert Square, will be drawn at 2:15 p.m.