Giant Book Sale 2016

It’s time to gear up for the 2016 Giant Book Sale!
The collection bins have been set out at Island Savings, BMO and CIBC in Ganges, and at the Rock Salt Restaurant in Fulford, so the process of picking up, sorting, cleaning and packing the books has begun.
As always, an army of volunteers is required to pull off the sale, which is an essential fundraiser for Salt Spring Literacy, and we are grateful to everyone who helps in whatever way they can.
If you would like to help with sorting, book pick-up or the sale itself in November,
please sale coordinator Kim Ballantyne at

Donating Books
If you have a small-ish number of books to donate to the sale, they can be dropped off at one of the financial institutions in Ganges. For contributions of three or more boxes, please call Salt Spring Literacy at 250-537-9717 (or email or email Kim Ballantyne to arrange either a visit from our collection experts or a drop-off at the literacy centre.
Please remember that we only accept books we can sell. They must be in good condition, not old and mouldy, and we do not accept textbooks or magazines.

Book Sale Dates
The most important thing of all is that the Giant Book Sale is at the Farmers’ Institute on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 18, 19 and 20, with set-up on Wednesday-Thursday of that week and the preview event on Thursday evening. Mark your calendars now!

Jewels for Literacy
Following the dazzling success of the first Jewels for Literacy sale, we will of course be holding another one at the Giant Book Sale. And yes, there will be even more jewellery and space devoted to displaying it this time.
If you or your friends and family members have jewellery to donate, it can be dropped off at Cafe Talia, Salt Spring Literacy or Mondo Trading Company.


FREE Family Literacy Program Offered
FUEL, Families Understanding Early Learning.

A Family Literacy Program, aimed at parents of preschoolers is being offered at Salt Spring Elementary on Wednesdays from 5-7.
A light supper is served, and childminding is provided. Topics include: Social and Emotional Development, Early Literacy, Numeracy, Movement and Brain Development, Sexual Health.
The program runs from Oct 12-19. It is co-sponsored by Salt Spring Literacy and SD64.
Please contact Literacy for more information at 250 537 9717 or

One-to-One Reading A Success!

Mid-May 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 next 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.