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

The Buzz is Out!

Q: Why do bees buzz?
A: Because they can’t whistle!

A big thank you to all the teams that have entered the 2014 Bee!  Please check out the list below of the BEEEautiful businesses who are the Busy Bees of our fundraiser.  They are out buzzing around our communities raising funds for literacy and learning.  The name of the business  has a link to their fund raising honey hive page!  Pick a team and help them BEEcome the team that raises the Gratest Pledges.

Check out our “GRATE”  video created by Richard Williams a 15 year old volunteer.  The Bee happens October 4th at the Wales Theatre and doors open at 12:30 – Bee to start at 1:30.   Limited seating and silver collection at the door.  We may have a few tickets left for our West Jet raffle although they are going fast. We have a Tooney raffle for other grate prizes, an Audience Participation Fund raiser activity and 50/50 which will all help make this a successful fundraiser, supporting literacy and learning in the Foothills.

Click on the Teams name ot take you to their fund raising Honey Hive – fund raising page.

Above and Beyond–  Hair Studio that has been open for five years in downtown High River. A team of five great stylists, offering all of your hair and beauty needs. They are excited to take part in the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee to support literacy in the Foothills, and raise awareness for a great cause founded in our hometown! They invite you to  visit them at 201-126 4th Ave SW to make a pledge and meet the team!

Business Babes– Comprised of entrepreneurs.  Alison Laycraft decided to attack the world of entrepreneurship after having her children. She owns her own Interior Design company called Decor Diva and is a founding member of a women’s business group called Building Ties-Entrepreneurial Support for Women, both of which have been going strong for over ten years.  Lorraine Boulton is a successful realtor and works for Remax although in reality she works for you.  If you are looking to buy or sell property she is the one for you.  The third member is Catherine Van Gaalen the owner of Highwood Printing, High River. She has been a business owner in town for a number of years and came back from the flood to continue to provide printing service to community members.

Big Rockies– The Spelling  Champions from 2013 are back to defend their title.  This team is comprised of Town Councillors from the Town of Okotoks.

Hearts and Minds – A group of dedicated people that are supporting teachers, families and children impacted by the flood of 2013.  These individuals are working within the schools and the community.

Home Hardware – in High River.  Home Hardware stores are 100% Canadian owned, with 100,000 different items available! Home Hardware Building Centres offer a complete range of both hardware store and building centre products. Lumber, tools, paint, plumbing and electrical supplies and an extensive selection of building materials are available, along with housewares, sporting goods, automotive items and lawn and garden supplies. 170 – 12 Ave SE High River, AB T1V 1E7

Okotoks Western Wheel –The Okotoks Western Wheel is the leading source of information on news and events in the foothills region. The Western Wheel has published every week since 1976. More than 35,000 readers open the pages of The Western Wheel on a weekly basis. Over 80% of the Foothills residents use The Wheel (Combase 2007 National Readership Study)

Scooby Drew and the Mystery Crew – are university students from Calgary representing Crescent Heights Dental Clinic which provides high quality preventative and restorative dental care in a gentle and compassionate manner. All of our dentists, hygienists, assistants and receptionists work together as an integrated team to deliver the most advanced dental care and restorative services available. From general restoration work to dental implants, cosmetic dentistry to sleep dentistry, we strive to provide exactly what you need for your best oral health.

Team Optimum Wellness –High River is committed to serving the High River and Foothills Community.  Generations Chiropractic is now partnered with Optimum Wellness Centres.  Generations Chiropractor is a large organization with 25 other locations and growing with a commitment to one stop health care encompassing patient care and education as well as offering multidisciplinary health care in each clinic. They offer many value added services such as direct billing for third party insurances motor vehicle and worker compensation care. Optimum High River currently offers Chiropractic Care, ART, Massage , Cold Laser therapy & Acupuncture .

Urban Optique Okotoks  provides vision care for the Foothills, South Calgary and surrounding communities. Their optometrists and professional eye care staff are dedicated to quality service and superior products for you and your family.  Their fashion-forward team is here to help clients with any concerns about  vision along with finding the perfect frames to fit your facial structure and your personality  223- 200 Southridge Dr
Okotoks, AB T1S 0B2

Western Witties – Western Mortgage Services is an Accredited Mortgage Brokerage operating as a transaction facilitator in the Western Provinces. They pride themselves on their knowledge of residential mortgages.  Head office is located in High River, Alberta, Canada.  They  are 4 time nominees and finalists in the Canadian Mortgage Professional Awards (CMP) and were also nominated for the BBB Ethics Award, with the most recent National Award of “AMP Mortgage Broker of the Year.”

“Letter Go” – Award winning horse in support of literacy!

Literacy for Life Foundation is excited to announce our second place win in the “Horses Give a Leg Up” sponsored by Spruce Meadows. Congratulations are in order to all the groups that painted and created their horses to reflect their passion and their cause.  The competition was fierce!

After a discussion on Facebook the horse was named:  Letter Go!

A fine name for a fine horse.

Letter Go - 2nd Place Winner
Letter Go – 2nd Place Winner

Literacy for Life Foundation would like to offer an exciting opportunity to businesses and our supporters.  BUY AN AWARD WINNING HORSE!  LOW MAINTENANCE!

In June of 2013, our organization’s service area was dramatically impacted by the Southern Alberta Floods. The impact was felt personally and professionally by staff and volunteers of the organization, our clients and changed the Town of High River forever.

Through adversity comes opportunity. Literacy for Life was chosen as one of the non-profits in the Horses Leg Up for Charities initiative.  We received a life-sized fibre glass horse to decorate in less than a month. It was fun and we accomplished it with the help of community, staff, and AutoDynamics, an auto body business in High River.  Special Thanks to Nicole Levesque for her vision and skill in turning the concept to reality.

The launch of the horses happened on June 7th 2014 at Spruce Meadows and we were awarded second prize out of 20 horses for creativity and design. The horses are now up for auction and can be accessed at Online Auction

The design for Letter Go was chosen for its visual simplicity and its representation of our organization’s core values. The horse is divided into 9 sections, moving from black, through various shades of grey, to white. Each section corresponds to one of the 9 essential skills and symbols were placed on the horse to represent the many facets of literacy. The head starts out black and is filled with symbols. As you progress to the white, the symbols become less, representing the movement in learning. We go from the dark to the light, as we filter information to live our lives. (9 essential skills – Reading, writing, document use, numeracy, oral communication, computer use, working together, critical thinking and lifelong learning)

47% of Albertans have difficulty with literacy that impacts their day to day life.

Literacy for Life Foundation does not receive any core funding and relies on fundraising, grant writing, and donations to provide service to over 1,500 individuals a year. Proceeds from the auction will go towards programming to help many people reach their literacy potential.

The horse could be a showcase for a business as it is a beautiful piece of art or it could be donated back to the people of High River as a symbol of hope after the devastation.  The horse would be placed in location where all of High River could enjoy it.  “Letter Go” has been clear coated with paint donated by Advanced Coatings from Calgary and can be placed inside or outside. A plaque would be placed with the horse giving the company recognition for its generous support.

Consider becoming a horse owner and a supporter of literacy.  Low Maintenance. Please visit the online auction site and make your bid.

A big thank you to Spruce Meadows and the corporate sponsors-Calgary Sun and ConocoPhillips.

Did you lose a little bit of magic in the flood of 2013?

The quote “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”  (Stephen King) holds true for many people.  Even if you do not see yourself as a reader of novels that take you away to another place; a book or reading material is MAGIC!  It can help you fix things, make things, learn things entertain and teach your child and much more.

In June 2013 many people lost a little bit of magic when the flood hit the MD of Foothills. People had books in the basement or lower levels.  If you were like me you would have had some of your children’s books stored to be able to pass on to your grandchild.   Another item that was lost to many people were their  board games.  Some were still in use and again some were stored to share when the grandchildren came along.

Literacy for Life has received some funding from the United Service Clubs Flood Funding and the High River Disaster Relief Fund.  If you lost a book or board game in the flood and you lived within the MD of Foothills on June 20th 2013 we would like to replace a little bit of the magic you 2

If you are on Facebook go to our  page at FaceBook, “LIKE” our page and then tell us what book or board game you would like replaced and why.  We would like to get a conversation going about the magic of books and games.  What does it mean to you?   Next PRIVATE message us with your name, contact info, and book title and author and any other information you have.  The more information the better we can find the book or board game.

If you are not on Facebook then email ( or phone (403.652.5090) with your name, contact info and the book title and author.  The more information we receive the better we will be able to find the book or board game you are looking for.

It will be on a first come basis until the funding is gone.  One item per family member although a book series may be considered depending on cost.

The Magic of a Fort – Even during a Flood!

This blog was written by a staff member before the Flood of 2013.  The intent had been to post it in July when children were out of school.  As Executive Director I came to our blog to write something that reflected what was happening due to the flood that impacted so many of our families and individuals in our communities.  I was going to postpone this post until later. After reading the blog it was very obvious that this was the best thing to share with people.  It is a fun activity that can be done anywhere with blankets found in an evacuation centre, hotel room or if you are a guest in an amazing volunteer’s home.  Create fond memories for yourself and your children during a very difficult time. Go to our Pinterest account ( and find many simple activities and links that can help soothe your children as well as support their learning.  Remember play and laughter is a great healer!

One of the fondest memories of my childhood was the weekend my Grandma and her sister babysat me.  They really made my weekend super special.  It was not that they showered me with gifts. It was not that they let me get away with more. They did not let me stay up late or eat lots of treats. What made the weekend the best ever for me was the fort. Grandma and her sister moved all the furniture around in the living room, hauled out the dining room chairs, strung up lots of towels and sheets and voila! I had the coolest fort ever. I got to spend the whole weekend lounging and playing in my very own fort. You should have heard the snickers and giggles at the end of the weekend as we raced around putting everything back in place before my mom came home. She was a little particular, but that is a whole other story. This memory is tucked in my heart as one of the very best.

Why not spend some time with your child and consider exploring the world of the indoor fort. Keep it super simple and hang a sheet over a table and make the fort underneath. In my opinion, you are never too old to make a fort. Well, as a matter of fact, I had make a fort on my Christmas staycation bucket list for 2012. My husband surprised me one morning of our holidays with a couch fort. I got to snuggle on in and spend some quality time reading and watching movies with my family – all from my little couch den.

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Forts bring smiles
  • Forts are cozy
  • Forts are fun
  • Forts are imaginative
  • Forts are creative
  • Forts are a haven

Fun it up!

Here are some ways to add to the enjoyment of fort time:

  • Bring books – read together, read alone, read to each other
  • Bring craft supplies – you never know what creative juices may start to flow
  • Bring snacks – make a snack with your child, toss it in a paper bag or basket and have a picnic
  • Go “old school” – keep the electronic gadgets away. Try it out and see what happens…
  • All ages welcome – join your kids and get in the fort
  • Add friends – invite others to play, don’t forget the family pet
  • Sweet dreams – sleep the night in your fort

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Forts are a fabulous way to give your child the time and attention they want and need.

Leave a comment of your fort experiences. We would love to hear from you.