One to One Reading Program

One-to-One Reading A Success!

Mid-May 2016 saw the wrap-up of a successful implementation of the One-to-One Reading program. Tutors went in to all the Salt Spring Island Elementary Schools to support students with their reading. Two sessions of twelve weeks each were held. Students who were engaged in the program read to a tutor 3 – 4 days a week. Over 50 tutors were involved and 62 students. Tutors listened to the students reading, encouraged them, and provided gentle coaching for reading strategies when needed. Students and teachers noticed increased reading levels and a more positive approach to reading by the end of the program. Tutors enjoyed the one-to-one time they had with students.

“I have watched those students who do not get regular reading time at home and who have been noticing a difference between their reading level and the level of their peers, blossom with confidence and a keenness to read after their time with you. You have given our students the gift of reading and the gift of confidence, and for that we are grateful”, commented Kelda Logan, principal at Fernwood Elementary School.

Clearly a win-win situation! The popular program will continue this year. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer.
A sincere thank you to the Salt Spring Foundation, who supported this implementation year; your gift made it possible.
Louise Shelly
Salt Spring Literacy
One to One Reading Program Coordinator
phone: 250 537 9717

Upcoming Events

12:00 pm Fall Picnic @ Armour's Beach
Fall Picnic @ Armour's Beach
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Fall Picnic @ Armour's Beach | British Columbia | Canada
Celebration time for all Literacy tutors, volunteers and learners. Stay tuned for more info.


Giant Book Sale & Jewels for Literacy It’s that time again!

This year’s book and jewelry sale at the Farmers’ Institute is set for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 17, 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As always, the hall will be filled with used books in good condition that have all been cleaned and set out in various categories. The Jewels for Literacy sale of mostly pre-loved jewelry will take place at the same time. We are still accepting donations of both jewelry and books for the sales.

Jewelry can be dropped off at Cafe Talia, Mondo Trading and Salt Spring Literacy. Book bins are set out at BMO, CIBC and Island Savings in Ganges. We’re also having a drop-off day this week at Country Grocer (see below).

Remember that we cannot accept books that are mouldy, in poor condition, old computer books, textbooks, Reader’s Digest or National Geographic publications, or magazines.

Donation Drop-off Day Tuesday, Aug. 29 10am to 3pm Country Grocer Parking Lot

(Thank you to Country Grocer for giving us the space and support for the drop-off day!)

If you have books or jewelry to donate but cannot get to the drop-off day or our Ganges depots, please call Salt Spring Literacy at 250-537-9717 or email

As well, if you’d like to volunteer at the sale — with set-up, take-down or the actual sale days — and have not volunteered in the past, contact us at the above phone number or email address and we will get you on the list.

Celebration time!

You’re invited to Salt Spring Literacy on Friday, Sept. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a society, International Literacy Day and our new premises.
We look forward to welcoming you at the new space on Sept. 8! Cake, snacks and refreshments will be served. (Please note that no on-site parking will be available except for one handicapped driver’s spot.)
AGM on October 5th
Our annual general meeting is set for Thursday, Oct. 5th at the Salt Spring Library Program Room at 2pm

We will report on the past year’s activities and welcome discussion about the society with its members.

Annual memberships ($10) can be renewed at that time as well!