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

Fun! Laughter, Creativity! Cardboard Challenge! Adult Spelling Bee! Support Literacy!

Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee



There are a number of ways you can participate or support building literacy in the Foothills.  Literacy can not stand alone.  It is a community responsibility. Check out this website for information on the work Literacy for Life does in in the community:

  1. Enter a team of 3 ADULTS to compete for the title of the “Gratest Spelling Team” for 2017 (event will have a max. of 12 teams and 10 are registered to date).
    • $50 registration fee plus (optional)$100 for mulligans.
    • Collect donations. Use this easy online fundraising tool! Grate prizes for the teams that raise the “Gratest Pledges”: 1st place , 2nd place and 3rd place.
    • (optional) Sell a book of raffle tickets to raise extra funds. Only 1,500 tickets being printed at $10 each. Prize is $3,000 in Air Canada travel cards and an awesome travel goody bag.
    • On event day, your team members should arrive in their “Awesome Costumes”.  Invite family and friends to come and cheer you on! *New* this year is a prize to the Audience Member with the Gratest Costume!

Go to this LINK for more information on the bee and to get your entry forms.

If entering a team isn’t your bag but you still want to help:

    • Sell raffle tickets – email or call Stephanie @ 403-652-5090.
    • Purchase a raffle ticket(s) for $10 each – contact the Literacy for Life office at 403-652-5090 or watch for volunteers at various community events – e.g. High River Hospital, and High River Farmer’s Markets to name just a few).  The draw date is December 27th – Grate gifts for Christmas – do your charitable giving with the chance of winning a grate prize.
    • Donate – all funds support literacy programs in the MD of Foothills.  Each team will have an onlinne fundraising page.  Support your favorite team by following this link!
    • Like Literacy for Life’s Facebook page and Instagram, or follow them on Twitter and share posts/tweets about the Bee:
  1. Join us in the Foothills Cardboard Challenge from June to September. Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative. Post a picture of your creation to our Facebook and/or Instagram. On September 30th 2017, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm  come down to the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee,  have fun and participate in some creative play. Material will be provided.  We will take pictures and post them to our Instagram and print them to post on our Creativity Board.  You can take your item home and enjoy.  (We are hoping families and schools would get involved over June, the summer and into July) Check out this link to find out more about the Foothills Cardboard Challenge

    Build Community and Creativity – Global Cardboard Challenge

  2. Buy a Bee for Literacy!  June 1st to June 30th you can support literacy in the Foothills by purchasing a bee for only a Toonie at the Okotoks and High River Sobeys and AG Country Mart in Black Diamond. Every little bit helps.

Can you HELP!

Our second annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee will be held in High River in October 2014.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the organizing committee.  Do you have skills in marketing and promotion.  Do you  like to network and connect with others promoting a great cause?  Do you have the time to commit to making this a great event.  Contact the office at 403.652.5090 or email

Spelling Bee Logo
Spelling Bee Logo

Volunteer Learning Coaches are needed to help adults meet their learning goals.  The coaches work one on one with adults, helping them to achieve their learning goals. The learner identifies what they need to be successful and the focus is on building some of the essential skills such as reading, writing, and document use, speaking and math skills.  Training and support is offered.

If you would like to help email or call (403) 652-5090.



Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. ~Sherry Anderson

Literacy for Life thrives due to the work of volunteers. .  The organization is thankful for the dedicated volunteers that support the work of the society.  Each person brings skills; passion and dedication to helping people meet their literacy and learning potential.

This year, National Volunteer Week in Canada is April 21 – 27. It’s a week-long recognition and celebration of the commitment of the roughly 13.3-million volunteers across Canada.  Literacy for Life celebrates the commitment of volunteers that share themselves with the communities in the Foothills.Key to my heart

Volunteers are the key to the governance of the organization.  7 dedicated people devote hours to making sure Literacy for Life meets its mission and mandate. This is a tremendous responsibility.  Thank you to present and past Board members!

Volunteers are an important key to providing our programs.  Thank you to the Learning Coaches (tutors), group facilitators, Dog Tale volunteers and their dogs and all the people that sew bags and stuff the bags and envelopes for the Books for Babies Program.

Volunteers are an important key to fundraising!  Thank you to the casino workers, fund raising committee, and all volunteers that have worked to ensure funds are available to do the work in the community.

Volunteering is an accepted part of being a staff member.  Not because they are made to but because they know it helps the people they serve. Thank you to our staff that provides service above and beyond.

The First Ever Grate Groan up Spelling Bee in the West is happening as a fundraiser for Literacy for Life.  This event would not happen without volunteers.  Volunteers are needed to organize, promote, put on the event and participate in the event.  Thank you to the Spelling Bee Committee and Sandra McGrogan (chair), the Municipal Councils of High River, Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley and the MD of Foothills and to our very own BEEs – Naydene and Dianne!Bee Logo - no words

Our volunteers work in many ways to improve the lives of so many, so it’s important to say thank-you.

You can never say that enough.

To be a volunteer, it takes…

Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they must feel
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else’s life better
Patience, because the process doesn’t always go as smoothly as it might
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through

You’ve shown these qualities and so much more, so thank you for all that you do.