KILLALOE – The Township of Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards entertained a delegation from the Killaloe Kids BookFest requesting support at the March 7 meeting.
On being greeted by council, Cathy Lyons gave some background on the Bookfest as well as providing councillors with the list of authors for the 2017 event.
Lyons said the BookFest grew out of volunteer activities at the Killaloe and District Public Library.
Lyons first built the case for the township to be focused on literacy.
“More than 30 per cent of Renfrew County children are at high risk of not succeeding in school because they lack basic pre-literacy, communication and pro-social skills,” said Lyons.
The literacy skills you develop at home, at school and in the community, said Lyons, are the skills you take into adulthood and the workplace.
Good literacy skills makes you “a more effective employee and a more effective member of the community. It just basically engages you in the world in a more solid way.”