Our Story

The Langley Literacy Network is committed to building on community strengths to encourage lifelong learning by ensuring that residents of all ages have access to sufficient and appropriate information, services, and support to meet their literacy needs.

Our community literacy table is made up of literacy stakeholders and partners in Langley, and together we work towards creating literacy opportunities for Langley.

We offer programs such as Reading Buddies, Wrap-a-Read, Community One-on-One Learning, Conversation Circles and more to help children, families and adults improve their literacy skills. Connect with us today to access literacy programs or to learn how you can support literacy in your community.

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Our Vision

Weaving literacy, in all its forms, throughout the fabric of the community, creating learning opportunities for all.

Our Mission

The Langley Literacy Network is committed to building on community strengths to encourage lifelong learning by ensuring that residents of all ages have access to sufficient and appropriate information, services, and support to meet their literacy needs.

Langley Literacy Association

The Langley Literacy Association is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by interested community people to focus on enhancing literacy throughout our community.

The Langley Literacy Association believes that improving literacy skills enriches the quality of life for individuals and families in the community. Through partnerships and collaborations we will encourage, promote, and support literacy and life long learning in Langley.

Board of Directors:

  • President – Hattie Hogeterp
  • Secretary – Mary Tanielian
  • Treasurer – Christine McCracken

History of Literacy Organizations in Langley

Supporting and promoting literacy in Langley has a long history.

In 1995 the Langley Advance, Langley School District, the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries and Willowbrook Shopping Centre combined to produce the hugely successful Building a Community of Readers project. This project was awarded the Governor General’s Flight for Freedom Award for Literacy Innovation.

In 1999 the Langley Advance and Langley School District again partnered to produce a bi-weekly program of activities, games, and short stories, called Bonkers. The goal was to develop an interest in reading among primary-school-aged children. This program won the prestigious Ma Murray Community Service Award.
The PALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters) program, created by Fiona Morrison and Dr. Jim Anderson of UBC was born and piloted in Langley. That program has now gone national and international.

The Langley Literacy Association, founded in 2001, has promoted literacy for almost 10 years. Our flagship program is Wrap-a-Read, a partnership with the Langley Christmas Bureau to provide every child registered with the Christmas Bureau with a brand now book at Christmas. The Langley Literacy Association was also key in bringing Literacy Now to Langley.

Langley Literacy Now!

Langley Literacy Now came out of the Provincial Government Legacies 2010 initiative created as part of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games with the intent of leveraging the games to create lasting legacies.

2010 Literacy Now invited all B.C. communities to develop and submit a community literacy plan that would assess literacy programs and resources in each community, to identify assets as well as gaps and challenges and create a community plan that would support and promote literacy in that community.

The Langley Literacy Association took on that challenge hosting a community launch and planning meeting in March of 2005. This process resulted in the formation of the Langley Literacy Now Task Force – a broad-based group representing Langley social service providers, the Fraser Valley Regional library, Kwantlen University College, Langley School District, the Aboriginal community and the faith community. Planning funds to continue the process were received in July 2005.

The Task Force met for the next 2 years, and through extensive community consultation developed the Langley community literacy plan called “Literacy for the 21st Century: A Plan for Langley”. The plan was approved by 2010 Literacy Now in 2008.

The Langley Community Literacy Plan was presented to and endorsed by the community at the first Langley Literacy Summit in February of 2008. The summit resulted in the formation of the Langley Community Literacy Steering Committee whose task it is to oversee the implementation of the plan.

Become A Volunteer

Help change a life and give the gift of literacy. Become a literacy volunteer in your community.

The Langley Literacy Network is committed to building on community strengths to encourage lifelong learning by ensuring that residents of all ages have access to sufficient and appropriate information, services, and support to meet their literacy needs.

We are always looking for volunteers in programs such as Reading Buddies, Wrap-a-Read, Community One-on-One Learning, Conversation Circles and more to help children, families and adults improve their literacy skills. Connect with us today to access literacy programs or to learn how you can support literacy in your community.

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Our Most Recent Content

What's happening at Langley Literacy Now?

The latest in local Langley Literacy news, initiatives, programs, resources, and more.

A Book 4 You

November 12, 2020
The Langley Literacy Network is so pleased to gift 290 children in Langley who pass through the Ishtar Women's Resource Society with a book of their own!

Books 4 Kids

November 12, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we quickly mobilized to support vulnerable families in Langley

Conversation Circles

September 20, 2020
Conversation Circles are fun, drop-in programs to help you improve your English skills.

Adult Basic Education

September 20, 2020
Adult Basic Education courses can help you earn your BC Adult Graduation Diploma, upgrade your English, Math or Science skills or help improve your literacy skills. Adult Basic Education is tuition free in BC.

Tutor Resources

September 20, 2020
Literacy resources to help our tutors.

Graduate High School

September 20, 2020
The Langley Education Centre (LEC) is a part of School District #35 and offers courses to allow teens and adults to earn their BC Secondary School Graduation (Regular Diploma) or their Adult Graduation Diploma.

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