Focussing on the printed word in Nelson

On Monday, Nelson area schools will be joining in on the Drop Everything and Read campaign.

On Monday, Nelson area schools will be joining in on the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association’s  Drop Everything and Read campaign.

The association is inviting everyone to join students, teachers, and volunteers from across BC to celebrate the importance of literacy, school libraries, and the joy of reading. The event is in conjunction with Canadian National School Library Day and BC Public Library Month celebrations.

To help celebrate, the Minister of Education Don McRae, will be spending the morning reading to over 400 students at the Surrey Public Library from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Several schools in the Nelson area have special guests coming in to read and have planned other events to go with the day.

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association will continue to lobby the BC Liberal government, local members of the legislative assembly, and the Minister of Education to have the fourth Monday of every October designated as BC School Library Day.

In the future, the association hopes that Drop Everything and Read will also become a nationwide celebration.

For details about the DEAR 2012 challenge, visit dropeverythingandreadbc.ca. You can also follow the event on Twitter (@BCTLA_DEAR) and find them on Facebook, too.