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10 Tuesday September 22 2015 The Northwest Territories Teachers Association is proud to support on behalf of our 800 educators who promote literacy every day. Northwest Territories Teachers Association 5018 48th Street Box 2340 Yellowknife NT X1A 2P7 Phone Fax Email Website 867-873-8501 867-873-2366 Literacy WeekLiteracy WeekLiteracy Week A reader today a leader tomorrow. Celebrating Literacy Week C M Y CM MY CY CMY K NORJ - Literacy Week 2015 copy.pdf 1 9152015 105348 AM EDUCATION LITERACY WEEK By DALI CARMICHAEL The NWT Centennial Library in Hay River sees itself as more than just a place to take out books. Located in the heart of the communitycen- tral to the towns main drag folks running the libraryconsideritahubofcommunitywellness. Promoting literacy in a community and making people feel part of a community by having a group space like this to do it in is an important part of wellness said library com- mittee vice president Tom Lakusta. Every community in the NWT has a list of commu- nity wellness priorities. There are about 10-15 priorities here and the library hits about ve or six of them. Now the organization is asking its users for help in the form of an annual book appeal fundraiser. Donations received between now and Christmas will be used to stock up on new books periodicals and audio materials. With every 20 donation made the philan- thropists name will be stamped into one of the new books. Though the library does receive some mon- etary aid from the town and through some of itsprogrammingthosedollarsareusedtokeep the operation aoat. Were very fortunate because the funding wehavewehave160000fromthetownthat allows us to hire not just staff library clerks and things like that to run the library when its openbutalsoforustohireaprogramlibrarian so we have somebody thats focused on lead- ingprogramsandpickingupnewprogramsin the community. Those programs include home delivery of books for seniors with limited mobility com- puter classes English as Second Language classes a monthly Philosophers Cafe for friendly debate parent and tot time a Lego clubgueststorytellersandwritingworkshops. We see reading to be a gift and part of what everypersonneedsintheirlivessowecontinu- allylookforavenuesforallpeopletoenjoywhat- ever aspect of literacy appeals most to them Lakusta said. It really unites all people from everyagegroupandeveryeconomicsituation. Tyrus Finstad shows off his superpowers during a superhero-themed event hosted at the NWT Centennial Library in Hay River. Hay River Library more than just a home for books PhotocourtesyofNWTCentennialLibrary