June 4, 2009
DIEPPE (CNB) - The start of New Brunswick's 2009 Summer Reading Club was held today at the Dieppe Public Library. The slogan for this year's reading club, Be ARTrageous!@ your library, is promoting the theme, Visual Art.
"Literacy is a priority in this province, and we want our public libraries to reflect that," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "Promoting literacy and reading activities for New Brunswick children and their families is key to promoting self-sufficiency in our communities."
The Summer Reading Club is a free, non-competitive club offered by New Brunswick's 61 libraries and three bookmobiles from June to August. Children are invited to participate in a variety of activities designed to promote literacy.
"I am delighted to play a role in the launch of this year's Summer Reading Club," said Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson. "I have made a pledge as lieutenant-governor to promote literacy and life-long learning.
"This program encourages books to be part of life, from youth to adulthood. Books enrich our lives; reading is power; and every opportunity with a book is magic."
This year's reading club will promote a wide variety of visual art activities, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and filmmaking, as well as sculpture, architecture and other crafts.
Seventy-three university or community college students will be hired this year to be reading club activity leaders.
"While we want to encourage young people to read, we also want to encourage students to share their literacy skills with our young New Brunswickers," said Arseneault. "This is why we have committed $254,000 to the 2009 Summer Reading Club to help students gain valuable work experience and to promote the importance of literacy in our everyday lives."
Young people are invited to register for the reading club at public libraries and bookmobiles at the end of the school year. The goal is to encourage them to join the more than 10,000 youths who participate and read more than 200,000 books every summer.
The reading club is funded by the New Brunswick Public Library Service. More information about the reading club and New Brunswick's public libraries and bookmobiles is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-454-3465.