Happy Literacy Month

September is Literacy Month in BC!
#PutOnYourPurple and enter our #LiteracyConnectsUs colouring contest for all ages (individual & class prizes!), play virtual trivia and buy literacy socks to support literacy in BC!
This year’s theme is “Literacy connects us!” and all month long we’ll be highlighting ways that “At home, at work and in the community, literacy connects us.”
#LiteracyConnectsUs #Contest #VirtualTriviaChallenge #LiteracyMonth2021


Donation from Microtel Inn and Suites Supports Imagination Library

Thank you to Leroy and his team at Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Fort St. John for their donation to our Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program!! To date Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort St John has donated $6,500 towards this program which has allowed us to distribute 1830 books to children in our community!! #LiteracyConnectsUs #FosterLiteracy #LiteracyMatters

Tourmaline Oil Corp supports early literacy in Fort St. John!

We would like to extend a BIG Thank YOU to Tourmaline Oil Corp. for their recent donation towards our Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program!! This funding will provide 422 books to children aged 0-5 in our community!!
Did you know that we currently have 894 children enrolled to receive a book a month through this program!!

Fort St. John Co-Op Association Supports Imagination Library

We would like to extend a big Thank YOU to the Fort St. John Co-Op Association for their continued support of literacy in our community!  This donation will go towards our Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program.

This program aims to make a lasting change in the lives of children, and to give every child in the community an equal chance for a brighter future through not only the development of literacy skills, but by strengthening family bonds through the sharing of the stories. Children between the ages 0-5 in our area are eligible to receive a book a month until their 5th birthday, giving the potential of a 60 book library by the time they are 5.

To date we have been able to distribute over 22,000 books to our community and are so thankful to all those who have answered our call and helped us keep this program alive!!

Enrollment forms can be found at the Fort St. John Literacy Society’s office and website. Alternatively, parents can enroll their children online at: www.imaginationlibrary.com/ca/affiliate/BCFORTSTJOHN/

Upcoming Financial Literacy Workshops

Join us for some FREE upcoming financial literacy workshops:

May 5th – Know Your Money: Get a better understanding of how to be a good money manager while on a low income.  To register please visit here

May 10th – Ten Healthy Habits of Financial Management: How to become better money managers. To register please visit here

May 20th – Stretching Into Savings: Learn how to develop a budget and set savings goals while on a low income. To register please visit here

We would like to thank CPA Canada for providing the workshop materials and Julie Ziebart for volunteering her time to facilitate!




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 janis.naul@success.bc.ca

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 teacher@fsjliteracy.ca

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 storytimefromspace.com/live
  • 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 contest@decoda.ca 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  www.facebook.com/fsjliteracy/dollysimaginationlibrary and ImaginationLibrary.com.  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 www.imaginationlibrary.com/film


 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 imaginationlibrary.com.

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