Book Bungalows – A Community Project

Book Bungalows

32 Book Bungalows have been adopted and distributed to good homes. Individuals and community groups have taken on the care of these wonderful additions to our community.  The Bungalows will increase access to books, promote literacy in the community and promote the community working together.  “Take a Book and/or Leave a Book!” You do not need to trade or leave a book each time you take one.  

Click on link for the locations of the Book Bungalows. Thank you Town of High River.

Click on link below picture for a map of the locations of the Book Bungalows.

Do you already own a little free library?  Would you like to be added to the map? Please contact the office with your address and contact information. or 403.652.5090\

Highwood HighSchool Grade 10 Construction class constructed the Bungalows as a school project.  We are excited to partner with the young people at that school.   High River Home Hardware, High River Rotary, and the High River Vitality Fund were generous donors to this project. We have had help from many volunteers. Delbert Moncrieff donated his time and truck to transport the bungalows to the Culture Centre.  The High River Firemen and Fred Stegmeier came out and helped move them into the Culture Centre.  The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee painted two of the Bungalows.

Highwood High School Grade 10 Construction Class
Youth Volunteers – Thank you

A Book Bungalow and a Board Game Box will be set up on between Evelyn’s Memory Lane and Colossi’s downtown for public use.   On September 8th, International Literacy Day, we will be launching the Book Bungalows.  Ribbon Cutting at 11:30 am with cake to follow. We will be there until 2:00 pm.  Come down celebrate the official launch.  (118 4 Ave SW, High River)

We also will be selling raffle tickets in support of literacy at the launch! Only $10.00 a ticket and you could win $3,000 in Air Canada Gift Cards and an awesome Travel Goody Bag.  All funds support local individuals and families.

Community Garden
Joe Clark School Bungalow
Thank you Delbert

What is our Story?

Thank you to all the individuals and families that took the time  to share “How Literacy for Life made a difference in their lives?”  Check out the first video in the series.

Thank you also to the Mount Royal Students.  You did a great job!

 There’s a native American saying that goes like this: “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.” Similarly, it takes all the voices in an organization to tell its story. The most powerful voices are the families and individuals served by Literacy for Life.

We will be asking for people to use their voice to share the work of the organization in a number of different ways and create an ongoing story that will get to the heart of what we do.    we all have a story to tell

Once Upon a Time……..

WE stared a video story a couple years ago through the great work of a volunteer.  This video shares a part of our story.

Literacy for Life Foundation provides programs that focus on the early years.  Our family literacy programs support parents helping them help their children.  That is part of our story.



Literacy at its Greatest! Telling Stories and Making a Difference!

Literacy for Life had the opportunity to participate in creating a lasting legacy for the Town of High River and an opportunity to be part of the healing process from the Flood of 2013.    The organization contributed to the committee and acted as fiscal agent for grants and donations that were accessed for publication of the book.  Calgary Foundation, Provincial Government and Town of High River Disaster funds offset the cost of publication  allowing all profits to be returned to the community for flood recovery.

Stories of the High River Flood Book will provide a lasting legacy and a learning tool for generations as it is a detailed historical account of one of Alberta’s most devastating natural disasters.

The collection of 237 stories and over 400 photos submitted by flood victims themselves provided the community with an important opportunity — an opportunity to heal a torn community.

CTV News Clip – Stories of the High River Flood Book

healing and stories

Click link  Stories of the High River Flood Website

#ADPgrant – Each vote counts! Make a Difference!


Help us win $10,000.00.  We can’t do this without your help! By voting EVERYDAY from April 1st to April 30th, you can help support literacy and learning in the Foothills.   Please vote every day starting April 1st and share this link with your friends and contacts.  Click on Contest

Each vote counts!  Make a difference in a child’s life by supporting literacy and learning.

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Honourable Mention for Literacy for Life Foundation, High River

The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award winners were recently announced. This award “recognizes community organizations that have developed, implemented and delivered innovative literacy programs that have had a significant impact on their communities”. Literacy for Life submitted two programs that matched, in our opinion, these criteria. The first one submitted was Building Blocks, for approaching learning in the most basic sense. The 9 Essential Skills, reading, writing, document use, numeracy, oral communication, working with others, thinking, computer use or digital technology and continuous learning are all incorporated in the delivery of this program. Literacy for Life has added a tenth essential skill into the guiding principles – PLAY. These skills are recognized and discovered in everyday activities. Learning is fun as these skills develop. The second submission was the 3 B’s Budget, Buying Smart, and Basic Computers. This program also incorporates the 9 Essential Skills and links the skills in everyday life activities. The 3B program received Honorable mention and a $5,000 cash award to carry on Literacy for Life Programs.

It truly is fantastic to receive recognition for all our efforts in developing, promoting and sustaining momentum in making a difference one learner at a time.