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girl readingLiteracy refers to the skills we need at home, at work, and in our daily lives…

reading, writing,

speaking, listening,

thinking and number skills.

Nelson Public Library supports specific literacy needs in our community through the following:

  • A special collection for new adult readers, English as a Second Language learners and their tutors
  • Information about literacy programs and services in our area
  • Celebration of International Literacy Day (Sept 8th) and Family Literacy Day (January 27th)
  • Partnership with the local literacy organization (CBAL) in offering various literacy based programming – Mother Goose, Books Everywhere, The Winlaw Outreach project, Community Literacy Award, Nelson Reads and more.

For more information contact:
Erin Maconachie, Literacy Coordinator

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The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is the Basin and Boundary’s only not-for-profit literacy organization, working in 77 communities across south-eastern British Columbia.

CBAL in Nelson offers:

  • Adult literacy tutoring
  • Settlement services
  • English Language classes
  • Basic technology programs for seniors and adults
  • Family Literacy programs including Mother Goose and Noodle Island
  • Parent workshops for supporting children’s reading at home
  • Reading support for teens and youth

Learn more about CBAL: visit their website at
Location: 608 Lake Street in the Nelson and District Youth Centre
Joan Exley, Community Literacy Coordinator – or call 250-352-3261


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