CCPL has two Literacy Outreach Coordinators (LOCs) one working from 100 Mile House and the other from Williams Lake. The LOCs are part of a provincial literacy network that is supported by Decoda Literacy Solutions. There are 100 Literacy Outreach Coordinators serving 400 communities across British Columbia.
The community approach to literacy is based on an understanding that literacy is everyone’s responsibility. Our Literacy Outreach Coordinators (LOCs) work with local task groups that are made up of representatives from various community organizations including: libraries, family resource programs, employment agencies, the business community, the K-12 system, and many others. Together they identify needs and priorities and come up with action plans to deliver literacy programs and services that best serve people in their communities.
Community-based literacy programs cover a wide range of program types. They include small group or one-to-one tutoring for children or adults; programs for families or seniors; workshops; seminars; and one-time events that provide information and raise awareness about the importance of literacy. Programs may be specifically for children, youth, adults, seniors, families or the community as a whole.
Community literacy involves the development of literacy and learning skills for any individual or group of individuals outside of the formal education system. It is learning that happens in the context of home and community, and it happens using a collective approach.