Children’s librarian Sarah Isbister guides passengers on the Langford Trolley through a story while they are taken around town for “Storytime on the Trolley” during the Family Learning Tour event last weekend on the West Shore.

All aboard for making learning fun

Family Learning Tour, a community collaboration, celebrates everyday education and the value of literacy

Last weekend, over 400 people flocked to various locations around the West Shore to celebrate – and participate in – learning and literacy.

The third annual Family Learning Tour was put on by Your Literacy Connection Westshore (YLCW) in collaboration with various community partners, and according to YLCW literacy outreach coordinator Shantel Sleight, it was another huge success.

“The partnerships and involvement in this year’s event made it a rich experience for all ages,” Sleight says, “Without these partnerships we couldn’t offer such an event. We hope that by working together in this way we can build awareness of the value that literacy plays in our daily lives and in the fabric of our communities.”

Sleight says that most families who participated toured between two or three of the various activities that were on offer, which ranged from hikes through the paths around West Shore Parks and Recreation reading a story, to making crafts with a local artist to a trolley ride story time with a local librarian. There was no set path or route designated for the “tour,” but rather a series of stations set up around the region at which people could drop in at their liesure.

Based on the success of this year’s event, and the increased interest Sleight has seen over the three years of the event, she’s hopeful there will be a fourth.

Just Posted

Rickter Scale: The chicken’s ready when pigs fly

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

Family to recreate Tod House photo 119 years later

Reunion features 64 descendants of 1890s Oak Bay home

Victoria Police make contact with cyclist seen clipped in dashcam video

The cyclist reached out to VicPD after the video was shared online

Fairfield plan, council motion create ‘uncertainty’ for average reader: councillor

Public hearing on Victoria neighbourhood plan delayed until September

VIDEO: Sparrows raise their chicks in Cadboro Bay deck planter

Jill Yoneda captured 11 days up close with tiny Junco sparrows

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Chinook retention begins on Vancouver Island, but amid new size limit

DFO calls measures ‘difficult but necessary’ following rockslide on Fraser River

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Thunderstorms forecast across B.C.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for B.C.’s central Interior

Driver who killed B.C. motorcyclist receives absolute discharge

Chase family speechless following decision by BC Review Board

Most Read