Author: Jessica Kalman

Literacy in the Kitchen – Upcoming

We are super excited to be teaming up with Beccalicious Cooking again to bring you a virtual 4 week family fun cooking class!
Learn how to create simple low-cost, nutritional meals, and strengthen real world kitchen and numeracy skills. Each family will receive a FREE What’s Cooking Carolyn cookbook to keep.
Classes will run on Sundays on April 11, 18, 25 & May 2nd
Please note that a minimum of one adult (19+) MUST attend all classes.
Since all participants will be required to purchase their own ingredients, we do have some subsidy available to those who need it.

Introduction to Settlement Agencies in FSJ

We will be partnering with SUCCESS and SWIS to give an introduction and update on services available locally.

Join our conversation to see what services changes have been made due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We would love to see you all virtually on Zoom!

Taking place February 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm.  To register please email

Being a Good Neighbour

Join us for a FREE Zoom meeting:

Bonnie Isenberg, By-Law Supervisor with the City of Fort St. John will be joining us to speak about:
– What is a By-law and how it affects your life.
– Fort St. John regulations on noise, animals, garbage, parking, and many others.
– There will be a Q&A session and interactive games to win prizes!
To register please email

Family Literacy Week 2021

What is family literacy?

Family literacy is the way that parents, children and extended family members use literacy at home and in the community. It occurs naturally during the routines of daily life and helps children and adults get things done.

This year’s theme is “Let’s Be Active! Move*Play*Learn”

This year things will be a little different as we cannot come together as groups. However there are still some super fun activities taking place!

  • Fort St. John Literacy Society will be hosting a book scavenger hunt all week long on their Facebook page
  • The Fort St. John Public Library has partnered with Backcountry to put together a Family Literacy Camp-In January 29-31st.
  • The City of Fort St. John Recreation department have set up a story book walk through Matthew’s Park as well as a Frostival Week to encourage families to get out and be active.
  • Story Time From Space will be hosted on January 26th and can be found at
  • Decoda Literacy Solutions is hosting their annual Family Literacy Week Photo contest. Take a photo using the “Let’s Be Active” theme and submit to or post on your social media using hashtags #LetsBeActive #FLW2021




Celebrating the People Who Made Dolly’s Dreams Come True







Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Celebrates 25th Anniversary with

150 Millionth Book


FORT ST, JOHN, BC:   The Fort St. John Literacy Society and The Dollywood Foundation are presenting a free one-night-only live streaming world premiere event for The Library That Dolly Built, a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Originally scheduled as a nationwide live event on more than 300 screens this spring, the world premiere for The Library That Dolly Built has been reimagined as a free live stream screening of the film, exclusively on Facebook, available nationally on Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm EST. The screening will be followed by a conversation with, and live acoustic performance, by Dolly Parton.  Viewers can tune into the live screening and conversation on and  In addition, the European premiere will be Thursday, December 10th at 7pm GMT, and the Australian premiere will be Friday, December 11th at 7pm AEDT.

Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading amongst the nation’s preschool children.  Since inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has grown into a global endeavor and recently hit a new milestone, gifting its 150 millionth book.  The Imagination Library is currently gifting books to 1.7 million children around the world each month.

Dolly Parton said, “I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library. It is certainly not just about me. Our story is the story of children, of families and communities who all share the dream to inspire kids to love to read and to love to learn. My hope is this documentary will encourage more towns, more states and even more countries to jump onboard. One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made!”

Jessica Kalman, Executive Director of the Fort St. John Literacy Society stated, “We are thrilled to be offering this program to our community, and extremely thankful to all of the sponsors and donors who have allowed us to distribute over 18,000 books to date.”

 The Library That Dolly Built, directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has partnered with thousands of local community organizations to develop an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading. Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, and is now active in all 50 states, and 5 countries, gifting 1.7 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month. The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people through original interviews with authors, policymakers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton. Woven throughout the film is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead, it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.


For more information, please visit


 About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has gifted well over 140 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.7 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across Canada. For more information, please visit

Fort St. John Rotary Club Supports Early Years Literacy

We are extremely thankful for the Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s generous support of $6,000 towards our Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program from their Drive Throuh Breakfast fundraiser! This support will fund two months of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which means another 1700 books into the hands of children in our community! AMAZING!!

Three dozen Rotary volunteers and their family and friends came together for this year’s Drive Thru Breakfast held on Sept. 10, and served a record 1,500 breakfast orders.

“The Rotary Club of Fort St. John would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for making this year’s Breakfast a tremendous success,” said Rotarian Vince van Wieringen. “These contributions come at a critical time in our community, providing much-needed resources to organizations working to make a positive impact on child and family development in the city.” – Alaska Highway News

Imagination Library Receives Support!

We are very excited to announce that our Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program has received significant support over the last month. This will allow it to continue without disruption into the fall and winter months. The recent support includes donations from:

  • Surerus $5,000
  • United Way of Northern BC $10,000
  • Micrtotel Inn & Suites $1,500
  • Urban Systems Foundation $3,000
  • Chopped Leaf $300


To date we have been able to distribute almost 15,000 books to our community and are so thankful to all those who have answered our call and helped us keep this program alive. The society is the regional affiliate for the program in Fort St. John and the North Peace, which deliver a book a month to registered kids in the first five years of their life. By the time they turn five, they’ll have 60 books in their library.

For more information on how you can help support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program, please contact the Fort St. John Literacy Society at 250-785-2110.

September is Literacy Month!!

September has been recognized as Literacy Month here in Fort St. John! The 2020 theme for Literacy Month is “Literacy matters more than ever!” We’re highlighting the importance of health literacy, digital literacy, financial literacy and workplace literacy.

For our local events please see the calendar and posters attached.

#LiteracyMonth #LiteracyMatters #LiteracyMattersMoreThanEver #FosterLiteracy 



Imagination Library Suspended Due to Lack of Funding – NEEDS SUPPORT

PROGRAM UPDATE – We have unfortunately reached the point where all available funds have been used up, so will be SUSPENDING this program until we are able to secure more.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!! Have you heard about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library children’s book program?? Through this program, we have been able to distribute over 14,000 books to our community since November 2018!!

We are currently looking for funding/sponsorship in order to continue offering this program as we have reached the end of our available funds (approx. $3,000+/month).

If the program continues, we can provide a book to 800+ kids in our community each month. The program is currently full due to funding restrictions, so we are not taking new enrollments at this time.

Please consider donating towards this program through the below link. Or contact Executive Director, Jessica Kalman at 250-271-0811 to discuss making a donation, and/or if you can help sponsor a month(s) or a portion of the program. Every dollar helps!

 We would like to thank all of our past donors and sponsors that have made this program possible! BC Hydro, Pembina Pipeline, ConocoPhillips, Microtel, Fort St. John Co-Op Association, CN Rail – THANK YOU!

Displaced Worker Survey – Participants Needed

Are you a displaced worker? Help us collect information on workers in our area by participating in this federal research project. Eligible participants will receive a $25 grocery gift card. Call the Fort St. John Literacy Society at 250-785-2110 to leave a voice message with your contact information.


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