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WQLC promotes literacy through story time, crafty kittens

Children who attended also received door prizes and the WQLC bingo card, so they could start filling in the activities as they completed them with their family. From left: sisters Maya and Rachel McNeil show off the kittens they made in the workshop.
Kids attending were eager to design their cats in unique ways, from cutting out tails to giving them whiskers. From left: Bethany McNeil and Maxime Rivest compare their crafts, while Blair Burnett and Keri-Ann Richard work in the background.
The kids had the chance to make three separate cats in the craft workshop, after the reading of the story. Blair Burnett brings his crafty kitten to life, showing off the third of his creations.

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Teuma-Castelletti
CAMPBELL’S BAY
Jan. 6, 2018
An event encouraging reading welcomed children to The Lighthouse Bookstore where they had the opportunity to hear a story from a local author and make crafts with her artist counterpart.
A Family Story and Art Workshop was put on by the Western Quebec Literacy Council (WQLC), where the story and crafts revolved around some cute kittens, in buildup to Family Literacy Day on Jan. 27.
“January is Family Literacy Month,” said Michèle Gagnon, executive director for the WQLC. “The whole purpose is to promote literacy in the family, by putting down the tablets, turning off the television, etc.”
The event started with a reading of Grandma’s Lost Kittens at the Shawville Fair, as read by the author Muriel Davis, before children learned how to make their own kittens out of everyday objects. The book’s artist, Tina Michaud, led the children in their kitten crafts, which they quickly named after the various kittens in the book.

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