Brant Family Literacy Committee launches Let's Read!
Families in Brantford and area are invited to "join the team" to read and explore literacy activities this winter. Exploring a great book and participating in literacy activities as a family is a great way to create family fun and grow together. Based on a successful program in Waterloo, this is the first year for "Let's Read" in Brantford and Brant County.
This year's book is 'The Farm Team', written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Bill Slavin. To help you get started, complimentary copies of the book will be distributed at "Let's Read" activities throughout the winter months.
Children of all ages will enjoy the engaging story about a team of hockey playing farm animals who work together to defeat their rivals and win the coveted Stolski Cup. The book also stresses messages of cooperation, perseverance and courage.
"Let's Read" launched on Family Literacy Day on January 27 at the Brantford Public Library main branch and the County of Brant Library Paris branch, and runs until May 4. Find the events on the www.mybrantford.ca calendar of events, or visit www.familyliteracy.ca for more information.
War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations
The years 2012-2014 will mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Although distant from the major fields of battle, our area has a meaningful and authentic connection to the the events of the war. Both settlers and Six Nations were greatly affected by the conflict. Locally, the Brantford-Brant War of 1812 Steering Committee is helping to coordinate efforts to commemorate this historic event, which will include museum displays, legacy projects and community programs and events. In September 2011, the Steering Committee launched a local War of 1812 map of the Brantford area. The web-enabled online version of the map can be found here. (This link will open in a new window.)
For more information about local connections to the War of 1812, upcoming events, and commemoration programs please visit the Local Steering Committee's website at www.grandriver1812.ca or contact Tourism Brantford at 519-751-9900. Brantford is also part of the provincial Western Corridor Alliance War of 1812 Bicentennial Region. For information on regional events visit www.westerncorridor1812.com