Rossland Books for Kids is Right Around the Corner

Literacy helps a whole society

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and its community partners invite you to buy a pair of Blue Sky socks for literacy at an “on the street” event on Oct. 18 at the Nelson and District Credit Union in Rossland. Photo submitted

Reading matters!

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is committed to supporting people in their learning journeys, especially children. Reading is one of the most fundamental skills needed to be successful in life and it can make a significant difference in the life of a child when they and their families have access to books and free local literacy programs. Help reach a reader and enrich the lives of children in our community.

Throughout October, funds are being raised during the eighth annual Reach a Reader – Books for Kids campaign. Black Press, Nelson and District Credit Union and Blue Sky Clothing Company are lending their support to the campaign and we hope you will, too.

“It is a wonderful thing to be able to put books into the hands of children in our programs,” says community literacy coordinator Carolyn Amantea. “By introducing early literacy concepts in programs such as Mother Goose and StongStart, we hope that families will be well equipped to support their children on a lifelong learning journey.”

There are many ways you can participate. You can give any time online at, or you can donate in person, or purchase a pair of Blue Sky socks for literacy at the “on the street” event on Oct. 18 at the Nelson and District Credit Union in Rossland. CBAL will also be at the Trail Smoke Eaters game on Oct. 20.

Funds raised in Rossland will stay here and be used to support free family literacy programs and purchase books to be given to families in CBAL programs and at events throughout our community.

For more information about literacy programs in Rossland and the Greater Trail area, contact Carolyn Amantea at or 250-368-6770.

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