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:
Melodie Rae Storey, Literacy Coordinator
250-505-5683   mstorey @


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Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy ( CBAL)  – a non-program organization working for adult and family literacy in the Columbia Basin. All programs are free of charge.

What CBAL in Nelson offers:

  • ESL Classes
  • Settlement services for newcomers to Canada
  • One to one tutoring for adults
  • Mother Goose and Granny Goose programs
  • PACT – Parent and Child Together program
  • Cyber Seniors Computer Classes (Basic tech support for adults and seniors)
  • Books Everywhere, Community Literacy award  and MORE

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 250-352-3218