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Celebrating Children’s Literacy in Etobicoke

Bug in a vacuum

We are proud to feature a wonderful children’s book event for Melanie Watt’s Bug in a Vacuum this Saturday, September 12, 2pm at the Queensway Indigo.   This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children (ages 4-9) from The Kingsway and South Etobicoke areas to attend a fun event that promotes literacy.

To learn more about Bug in a Vacuum, click on the video below.

About Bug in a Vacuum:

A bug flies through an open door into a house, through a bathroom, across a kitchen and bedroom and into a living room … where its entire life changes with the switch of a button. Sucked into the void of a vacuum bag, this one little bug moves through denial, bargaining, anger, despair and eventually acceptance — the five stages of grief — as it comes to terms with its fate. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Will there be dust bunnies in the void? A funny, suspenseful and poignant look at the travails of a bug trapped in a vacuum.


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Supporting Literacy and Reading

From what began as a house party in 2002, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash has grown to become a popular cultural event across the country to raise money for Frontier College. The Bash combines a taste of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala formalities with a hip-urban twist. Guests watch the broadcast of the Gala on big screen, dance to a live band, enjoy delicious food, enter to win fantastic raffle prizes and mingle with fellow book lovers. The night has traditionally been filled with surprises as Giller winners and authors alike have been known to join the festivities.

This year, the party is held on November 5th concurrently in six Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax. Since its inception, the bash has raised over $400,000 for Frontier College. Frontier College runs literacy and reading programs for children, youth and adults across the country. In Toronto, programs include homework clubs for kids, tutoring for youth and literacy upgrading for adults.

Frontier College President Sherry Campbell explains how literacy affects every part of society. “If a mother can’t read a prescription bottle, it can result in a health emergency. If an employee doesn’t understand a safety memo or sign, it can affect the lives of other employees. If a young girl’s parents are unable to help with her homework because they don’t feel comfortable with their ability, that girl can easily fall behind in school, eliminating many options for her future. At Frontier College we’re working with the most vulnerable people in our society, improving their literacy and increasing their opportunities.”

The Toronto party will be held at the CBC Broadcast Centre and is emceed by author and sportscaster Kevin Sylvester. Tickets can be purchased at www.gillerlightbash.ca

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