May 26, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Quebec service Tell Me a Story, which enables children to listen to a story over the telephone by dialing a toll-free number or by using a computer linked to the Internet, is now available in New Brunswick. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.
"This service, which has been successful in Quebec, facilitates access to children's books and promotes learning through reading," Arseneault said. "I am confident that young New Brunswickers will enjoy Tell Me a Story, and that it is the youth of today who will help us reach our goal of self-sufficiency."
Tell Me a Story is offered in French and enables children to listen to a story in a number of other languages including English, Russian, Chinese and Spanish.
"I am delighted that Tell Me a Story has expanded beyond Quebec and that its content will now be accessible to young New Brunswickers who will benefit from a stimulating, user-friendly, free resource," said Guy Berthiaume, chair chief executive officer, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BanQ). "The broader availability of this service developed by BAnQ teams is part of a common desire to promote reading and to meet the needs of young library users."
Library patrons will have access to Tell Me a Story on the New Brunswick Public Library Service website by clicking on the link, Just for Kids! The service is also available by dialing 1-877-215-6460 (toll-free).
This project is the result of a partnership between the New Brunswick Public Library Service and the BAnQ, announced in October 2008 by Premier Shawn Graham and Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
To provide access to this service in New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Public Library Service has developed a new section on its website for its younger patrons and will cover the cost of the toll-free telephone line.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Sylvie Nadeau, executive director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-7141; Ella Nason, assistant director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-3657.