The Young Alberta Book Society’s Wordpower tour is visiting Grande Prairie area schools and libraries this week until Friday.
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Professional literary artists will visit schools and libraries in Grande Prairie area to promote literacy during the Young Alberta Book Society’s Wordpower tour this week until Friday.Sponsored by Cenovus Energy, the ninth annual campaign is reaching 56 schools and libraries throughout northern Alberta.“We are pleased to continue our support of the Young Alberta Book Society’s Wordpower tour,” said Leanne Courchesne, Cenovus Group Lead for Community Investment, in a statement.“This program has such a positive impact on young people in this province, exposing them to authors, illustrators and storytellers they may otherwise not have the opportunity to see. We believe supporting programs that promote literacy will contribute to a strong and bright future for youth in communities where we operate,” Courchesne added.Alberta authors, illustrators and storytellers will share their skills and experience with students through in-classroom sessions, which promote literacy and educate students on topics such as Alberta history, political cartooning and northern Canada.“There is just no better education than participating directly with the human beings behind the printed words we read,” said Nelson Heights School librarian Shaula Corr in a statement. “The impact of the human factor cannot be expressed enough. It brings those printed words to life in a way no teacher, no matter how talented, can convey.”“It is invaluable and, in today’s school economy, could simply not be accomplished without the kind sponsorship of Cenovus Energy,” Corr added. “The authors and access to their books for our library is worth just so much more than the dollars and cents.”In addition, the artists will also host several evening sessions at local libraries, which will be free and open to the public.Storyteller Kathy Jessup and author David Poulsen will host a family presentation at the Grande Prairie Public Library on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:45 pm. Meanwhile, while authors Rob Feagan and Rita Feutl will be at the Shannon Municipal Library in Sexsmith on the same day from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.The Grande Prairie Library will later host a family presentation by storyteller Gail de Vos and author Karen Spafford-Fitz on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:45 pm.The Young Alberta Book Society has been an advocate for children’s literacy in the province for over three decades.