from British Columbia

So what are they doing out on the West Coast? Out beyond the mountains, in that hotbed of literacy research and reflection?

Well, Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell and Education Minister Shirley Bond announced that the province would be living up to its constitutional responsibility showing support for adult literacy by providing basic adult education free of charge. Not right away, mind you. According to the press release, the "change will be brought about in three stages."

Now, I may be misunderstanding the language. Maybe "adult basic education" includes courses in the trades, say, or other upgrading programs meant to help fully literate adults expand their skills. The wording of the press release is: "... investing $17.5 million under the second phase of ReadNow BC to make adult basic education tuition-free for all students and increase financial aid for adult learners..."

Adult learners, yes. But is it literacy?

Well, you decide. I'm turning to a happier story. Thank goodness for grassroots literacy (dare I say, "community literacy"). Here's a books 'n' bikes celebration going on in Squamish B.C.

Books, Bikes, and Books about Bikes

On Saturday September 8, 2007 we will be celebrating International Literacy Day at the library with a fun day of events. In keeping with our health-wise and earth-friendly community, we are combining our celebration of literacy with a celebration of one of the easiest and oldest forms of transportation, the bicycle.
  • Ride your bike to the library and enter your name into a draw prize
  • Take part in our literary bike rally
  • Get you bike and helmet checked by a trained bike mechanic
  • Check out some great books on biking
  • Meet some young biking enthusiasts
  • Listen to a reading by a local celebrity
  • Healthy snacks will be available

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