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

Nature is a key ingredient for learning!


Literacy for Life is proud to annouce the piloting of a new program called “Natured Kids”, which will be offered at the  Sheep River Library in Turner Valley, High River Library and Okotoks Library in the fall of 2016. The program will accept families with children aged 3 yrs to 5 years. The focus will be sharing ideas, knowledge and strategies with parents/caregivers on how to create “Natured Kids” and the reasons this is so important for a child’s long term wellness and learning. Long term impact from any program for children happens when their parents and caregivers give them the opportunity, on a daily basis to experience the joy of nature and learning.

Puddles as opportunities
Puddles as opportunities

In the past decade, the benefits of connecting to nature have been well documented in numerous scientific research studies and publications. Taken all together this research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. All of the following positive impacts affect children’s early development and literacy and learning:

Supports multiple development domains: Nature is important to children’s development in every major way—intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically (Kellert, 2005).

Supports creativity and problem solving: Studies of children in schoolyards found that children engage in more creative forms of play in the green areas. They also played more cooperatively (Bell and Dyment,2006). Play in nature is especially important for developing capacities for creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual development (Kellert, 2005).

Enhances cognitive abilities: Proximity to, views of, and daily exposure to natural settings increases children’s ability to focus and enhances cognitive abilities (Wells, 2000).

Improves academic performance: Studies in the US show that schools that use outdoor classrooms andother forms of nature-based experiential education support significant student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math. Students in outdoor science programs improved their science testing scores by 27% (American Institutes for Research, 2005).

Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms: Contact with the natural world can significantly reduce symptoms of attention deficit disorder in children as young as five years old (Kuo and Taylor, 2004).

Increases physical activity: Children who experience school grounds with diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of nutrition, more civil to one another and more creative (Bell and Dyment, 2006).

Improves nutrition: Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables (Bell &Dyment, 2008) and to show higher levels of knowledge about nutrition (Waliczek, & Zajicek, 2006). They are also more likely to continue healthy eating habits throughout their lives (Morris & Zidenberg-Cherr, 2002).

Improves eyesight: More time spent outdoors is related to reduced rates of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in children and adolescents (American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2011).

Improves social relations: Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005).

Improves self-discipline: Access to green spaces, and even a view of green settings, enhances peace, self-control and self-discipline within inner city youth, and particularly in girls (Taylor, Kuo and Sullivan, 2001).

Reduces stress: Green plants and vistas reduce stress among highly stressed children. Locations with greater number of plants, greener views, and access to natural play areas show more significant results. (Wells and Evans, 2003).

What do children want?


Time to Register – March 9th 2015

Literacy for Life offers a wide range of programs for families and adults. Check out our Parent/Child Pre-School Programs, School Aged Programs and Adult ProgramsOnline registration or call the office at 403.652.5090 starting March 9th 2015 for Spring Registration.

Our programs are free or low-cost and are open to all residents of the Municipal District of Foothills #31 in Alberta, Canada. Part of our service to the community is to provide information and resources for parents and agencies.  Visit our FaceBook and Pinterest for current information and resources

Literacy and learning are keys to success in life. It is never too late to make a difference in our learning. Literacy for Life programs provide a way for adults to seek out and engage in lifelong learning opportunities in the community – for themselves and their family. These programs help build the nine essential skills needed for work, family and community.


“It is important to affect an individual’s literacy development early, but as literacy and learning are a lifetime process, it is never too late and never too early.”

CTV video demonstrating the importance of the early years.

Let’s Rhyme & Raise the Best Readers


Rhymers Will be Readers
Research in literacy and child development has found that if children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers by the time they are 8 years old.

Literacy for Life is excited to offer a fun and social program filled with rhyme and song for you and your baby.

Seniors and Babies Rhythm and Rhyme (0-15 months with Parent/caregiver)

Experience how much joy your brand new baby can offer while sharing in songs, rhymes and early literacy ideas with residents at the lodge. Registration begins March 25, 2013. To register follow the links below or call (403) 652-5090 in High River; (403) 938-2959 in Okotoks.  This program is now also offered at a NEW location – Todor Manor  in Okotoks. Please call numbers provided for more information.

Medicine Tree Manor – High River
7 Sessions – Spring
Apr 8 – May 27
(No class May 20)
2:30 – 3 PM
Click here to register

Sandstone Lodge – Okotoks
6 Sessions – Spring
Apr 8 – May 13
10 – 10:30 AM
Click here to register

Literacy for Life offers many programs supporting early literacy to all residents of the MD of Foothills. They are provided at little or no cost to the learner, family or community agency. Click here for our Program Calendar.


Peace, Joy and Love

We wish peace, joy and love to you and your family during this coming Christmas season. As Literacy for life Foundation comes to the end of another successful year of supporting local families and individuals, We want to thank those who have contributed to our success, as well as, ask if you will help us once again. If you haven’t had the opportunity to support this worthwhile cause than this is the perfect time to show those around you how much you care. For those who are hard to buy for, consider making a donation in honor of them or in memory of someone special as a gift this season. In return, your donation will be recognized with a charitable donation receipt for yourself and a very big thank you!  Your support has made things happen!  Over 800 families received a Books for Babies Bag.  Over 400 families attended Rhythm and Rhyme and Toddler Time.  Did you know that a child who knows eight rhymes by the time they are four years old will lead their non-rhyming peers in reading and writing by the time they are in Grade 4?  Adults recieved help in getting their GED which helped them keep their employment, get better employment or move on in their schooling.  Newcomers to our country received help with their English as well as learning ways to become Canadians. It’s the gift that gives twice: once to your loved ones or friends and once to families and individuals in your community.  

Give the Gift of Literacy!  Literacy is woven through out the community and makes it a happy healthy place to be.

Making a donation is simple.  Go to our website at www.litforlife and click on the DONATE NOW button and then click on Charity Gift cards on the right side.  You can also download a form and mail at

Family Literacy Day January 27th

Family Literacy Day is coming up.  Literacy for Life and their partners are working together to promote this day and to promote family activities EVERYDAY!  The Family Literacy Committee is sponsoring a story writing contest.  We have extended the deadline to January 13th.  Get involved and write a story as a family.   Check out the information on our Facebook located at for the rules of the story writing contest.  Check out this link Family Literacy Day Tip sheets for some great ideas for celebrating family and literacy or better yet share some of your activities with our facebook community or on our blog.    This is a challenge to all families.  Share some of the activities you do with your family.  We can all learn from each other.