Sept. 15, 2008
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - A $100,000 investment by the provincial government has made the New Brunswick Public Library Service's (NBLPS) adult literacy collection available through the public library system. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty unveiled the collection today at the Saint John Free Public Library.
"This collection is an excellent example of the power of collaboration between the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation and our Community Adult Learning Network as we work towards the collective goal of helping to improve the literacy levels of all New Brunswickers," said Doherty. "Each book in this collection represents an opportunity for someone with low literacy levels to improve his or her skills and quality of life, and to ultimately be more successful here in New Brunswick."
The collection contains more than 15,000 books in both official languages, with more than 5,000 of them new to the collection as a result of this investment. It includes audio books, audio-visual materials, and fiction and non-fiction, including information on arithmetic, banking, budgeting, and other life skills of interest to adult learners.
The materials were chosen primarily for adult learners whose first language is either French or English, and who have varying degrees of reading ability. It will be of advantage to new Canadians and for anyone learning English or French as a second language. The collection also contains support materials for literacy tutors. Access to the collection is free to anyone with a New Brunswick public library card.
"Literacy is a powerful tool, and every New Brunswicker deserves a chance to learn how to use it effectively," Doherty said. "To strengthen our communities and our economies, we need to empower people so that they can play an important role in our goal towards self-sufficiency by 2026. I encourage New Brunswickers to explore the services offered by our public libraries and bookmobiles, as well as our community adult learning centres throughout the province."
The NBPLS supports economic and social development, and promotes self-reliance by providing opportunities for New Brunswickers to enhance their knowledge and their creative capabilities. For more information, visit the NBPLS website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elaine Bell, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.