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Excellence in Literacy
Inside this issue:
President’s Message From the ED Desk Karen’s Office News Volunteer Voice Author’s Visit Margo’s Corner Thank You Indigo & Orca! Family Literacy Activities CDC Governing Board Contact Us Dates to Remember 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4

Downtown Library Visits
We went to the Grande Bibliothèque- library in downtown Montreal for the past 4 months. We had fun. I learned and found books, DVD’s and comic books to borrow. ~ Armen The best thing for me at the library was being able to pick different types of music in different languages from unusual and unknown artists.
n: Tutors, Learners, Frie nds & Libraria ns!! Attentio

~ Michelle

I took several language labs. I tried Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, and a little English grammar.

~ Kosal

Join Mona & co. Tuesd ays at the Nat ional Libra ry and Archiv es of Que bec in downtow n Montrea l: 475 du M aisonneuve Est Call Karen for more info.

We contact each other through an agenda on e-mail and attend once a week on Tuesdays. Usually we reserve a room to discuss books or the entertainment materials we borrow. We all go by ourselves by Metro and meet on the main floor. Everyone is welcome! ~ Mona Join us for Craft Lunch!! Monday February 7th in room 222, 11:50 to 12:40

Craft Lunches
Craft activities are being held several lunch periods this year with the help of some of our dedicated volunteers. Join us to make something for yourself, a friend, or to help us show others how to make a new craft.

National Volunteer Week
April 10th to 16th

Join us for cake and coffee to honor our volunteers!
April 13th 12:00 to 3:00


Message from the President
“Doorway to the stars. If we close our eyes and release imaginations, all things are possible.”
~ Josephine

The term started with a huge bang! Lots of volunteers and students have joined us and we’re busier than ever! We held our annual election for the Board of Directors, and a large number of activities, classes, and board meetings. Our website has over 650 hits on average per month and our

documents, housed on, has had over 360,000 visits to-date! As well, Darlene continues to build Learning Links, an incredible tool for our learners and tutors with everything under the sun! Thank you Darlene for helping us all, with every detail of our great organization! An extra thanks to Karen for catching all the loose ends!
Mona Arsenault TLE President

TLE Board of Directors 2010/2011
President: Mona Arsenault Vice-President: Lazar Jevremovic Secretary: Christiane Dabbagh Treasurer: Valerie Sauriol Director: Enza Ciampanelli

TLE Literacy Supporters

From: Executive Director’s Desk
It’s been a busy few months and we still have so much more to come!! We’re preparing for family literacy visits to elementary schools thanks to our volunteer team of readers, Penny Draper’s visit during Canadian Children’s Book Week, by-law reviews with help from our McGill Law students Eric and Julia, craft lunches, workshops for Adult Learner’s Week, library & class outings, coffee/cake get-together to show appreciation to our volunteers….the list goes on...our new web site is coming and I continue to make new additions to Learning Links every week...and on!!! We hope you will join us in making this year a great success!

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Karen’s News
Happy New Year, Valentine’s Day, Spring Break, Easter, etc. to everyone!!!! So many holidays and celebrations in just one newsletter!!! Please don't forget to hand in your volunteer hours!!
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Author’s Visit

D. Brown

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will run from Saturday, April 30 to Saturday, May 7, 2011. Thirty English-speaking authors, illustrators and storytellers will visit schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres in every province and territory across the country. TLE is proud to be chosen to host an event featuring children's author Penny Draper, from BC! Her visit starts with a story. Audiences are invited to sit back, relax, and be drawn into the tale. The chosen story will come from one of her award winning/nominated books such as Terror at Turtle Mountain or Graveyard of the Sea leading to a discussion of the differences between the oral and literary traditions. Join us Friday May 6th 6-7 p.m. for a great evening with Penny Draper!

Margo’s Corner
As I listen to one of my clients tell me her story, I find myself struggling to take notes. Not only is it difficult for me to write neatly and quickly, but I am also having a hard time remembering how to spell certain words. As I start to panic, questions begin to flood my mind. When did I lose my penmanship (handwriting) skills? Why can’t I recall if “approval” takes two P’s, or one? As I catch a glance of my computer screen, I suddenly have the answer. It is the fault of modern day technology! No thanks to predictive text and automatic spell check, I have lost all those hours spent on practicing writing the alphabet between two lines and preparing for dictations. In the New Year, I invite you to pay more attention to the spelling of words and to try to use a pen more often before we all start writing like doctors!

Thank You Indigo & Orca!
A special thanks to Karolyn Lachapelle and the staff at Indigo Books Quartier Laval for their donations of gift bags which will be distributed to children at Crestview and JFK Elementary Schools. Success is only attainable through outstanding people working together in an open environment that promotes knowledge and growth. ~ Indigo Value Statement

As well, we’d also like to thank Orca Book Publishers for once again sending us a great selection of books for our family literacy program! Orca is a publisher of high quality, award-winning books for children and teens and reluctant readers of all ages. Orca is dedicated to bringing the best possible books to young readers. ~ Orca Book Publishers

Attention Book Lovers! We are looking for new members. Anyone interested? We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Multi-Cultural Library. Call Karen for more info!

Family Literacy Activities
V. Sauriol

The Family Literacy Committee of The Learning Exchange has planned its annual winter visits to two different elementary schools. Volunteers go into the schools, read interactive stories to the children in their classes and give out free literacy materials, including a book to take home. Also, in the spring, the committee will be organizing its annual Storytime Festival, an evening event where young school children and their parents are invited to the school to participate in different fun literacy activities. Both of these events have become very popular and are enjoyed by all!


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Dates to Remember
Go to TLE online under EVENTS to view our Google calendar for details of all dates/events
Book Club Get-Togethers *Multicultural Library/Call TLE for info.

Excellence in Literacy

How to Contact Us

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Darlene Brown Executive Director Karen Mockler Administrative Assistant Library Resource Diane Richard Financial Officer Margo Legault Communications Consultant

Feb. 2:Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock March 2: Half Broken Horses by Jeannette Wall April 6: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad NPI Partners meetings *CLC Laval 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Feb. 10/ April 7/ June 16 CDC Vimont Governing Board meetings *Conference Room 4:00 PM


2100 Blvd. des Laurentides Vimont, Laval, Quebec. Phone: 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 Skype: TLETLE1 Fax: 450-663-1290 Email:

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Feb. 28/ March 28/ May 30 Family Literacy Jan. 27: JFK Elementary visit/Feb. 3: Crestview Elementary visit Feb. 16: Family Literacy committee planning meeting 3 PM April 12: Storytime: Souvenir Elementary 6:30 PM to 8 PM Important Dates/Events

Errol Pinto

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Jan. 27: Family Literacy Day Feb. 7: Craft Lunch (Sign-up to make a craft) room 222, 11:50 to 12:40 PM Feb. 9: TLE BOD meeting 1:00 PM Feb. 14: Tutoring Cancelled/School closed to students for Ped Day / *Office remains open Feb. 23/24: QELA's General Members Meeting Novotel Montreal Hotel March 7 to 11: Spring Break: *TLE/ School closed April 2 to 10: Adult Learner’s Week April 10 to 16: Volunteer Appreciation Week April 13: TLE Volunteer coffee 12 to 3 PM May 6: Author’s visit/Penny Draper 6 PM Location TBA

CDC Vimont Governing Board
M. Arsenault


The CDC Laurier Vimont Center has grown by 54% in the past 3 years! It boasts of our organization, TLE, as an important part of the community center. I am proud to have been appointed as the chair of its Governing Board, November 22, 2010.

January 27, 2011

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Make reading a part of your family life!

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.” ~ Bo Bennett
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Call Karen at: 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 or see our website for more details: www. TLE l i t e r a c y . c o m