Vancouver Sun: 2008 October 22
School librarians have a big event planned for Monday to celebrate National School Library Day. It’s called Drop Everything and Read and librarians hope everyone in this province — not just school kids — will do exactly that. The event got started last year in Surrey but this year, the B.C.
Teacher Librarians’ Association is taking it province-wide and organizer Karen Lindsay hopes it will soon become a national affair. She envisions 20 minutes of silence province-wide as everyone drops the
tools of their trade and picks up a book. “This is not just about an event,” she explained “It’s about
encouraging young people to read and value literacy.”
“The more that adults model reading, the more kids get it.” In planning the event, Lindsay had hoped the legislature would be sitting and at 11 a.m., the Speaker would instruct MLAs to grab a book. It would have been a PR sensation. That was not to be, but Lindsay said she is pleased that former finance minister Carole Taylor has offered her support for the initiative.
What about Premier Gordon Campbell and Education Minister Shirley Bond, both of whom are great literacy advocates? (Bond is the minister responsible for the Liberal push to make B.C. the most literate jurisdiction in North America by 2015.) Lindsay doesn’t know what they will be doing at 11 a.m. Monday because neither has responded to her email invitations to participate. She’s disappointed, particularly with the premier, saying: “I know he supports literacy. Where is he?” Mr. Premier?
Visit her Education blog: Janet Steffenhagen, journalist