The Maskwacis Cultural College Library is much more than a resource for the college faculty and students. It is a source of information and materials for all aspects of literacy for the whole Maskwacis community. It also receives assistance in its growth from a variety of sources.
Edmonton School Donates Books
An Edmonton school, Meyonohk School in Millwoods, collected seven boxes of books to donate to the Maskwacis Cultural College Library. Meyonohk School Principal Cameron Mah, Student Leader Sophie Mah, and Sophie's mother, Allison Jones brought the boxes of books to the library where they were graciously and enthusiastically received by the librarian, Manisha Khetarpal, teacher, Emma Kent, and her Grade Six class from Samson School, Maskwacis Cultural College Executive Director, Patricia Goodwill-Littlechild, and Elder Jerry Saddleback. In order to run for election as Student Leader, Sophie Mah had to be prepared to promote two activities that would benefit her school, two activities that would benefit her community, and two activities that would be helpful outside her community. The book drive for Maskwacis Cultural College Library was one of her projects to extend benefits beyond her community. Each of the Samson School students chose a book to take home. While awaiting the delegation from Edmonton, Elder Jerry Saddleback told the Cree Creation Account, emphasizing that it is in an oral tradition that must not be written down.
Library in a Box
The no fees, no membership, no fines, Library in a Box program has become an effective means for the Maskwacis Cultural College Library to extend library services of all sorts for all people. It has facilitated reading resource partnerships with daycares, children's programs and youth programs. Offices and services where children accompany adults to waiting rooms, such as dental clinics and employment centres, use Library in a Box. Many families with children are using this service. The great flexibility of the program extends the box contents beyond books to art and craft supplies, information on how to read, and reading aids such as bookmarks, pointers and notepads. Programs such as daycares frequently make their own theme-based Library in a Box. Now more than a year old, Library in a Box is increasingly used for story times, reading circles, and to let children browse to casually develop print awareness and reading ability. This very effective program will continue to develop and evolve in response to user comments and community input,
Library Showcase and BBQ
Wednesday, July 16th, from 11 am to 2 pm, will see the Maskwacis Cultural College Library host a variety of exhibits, fun activities and a fundraising $1 BBQ. There will be science activities, puppet shows, arts and crafts, free books and much more. Come and see.
The Maskwacis Cultural College will again have a presentation by Dr. Ozlem Cankaya, this time on early numeracy knowledge and skills, which is the single predictor of children's school achievement at the high school level. Dr. Cankaya will focus on the knowledge of numbers which are important for children to understand before Grade 1, and how to help children develop these concepts. Her research and experience have focused on early childhood development in literacy and numeracy, so she brings both sound theory and practical methods.
Pictured: Meyonohk School Principal Cameron Mah, Maskwacis Cultural College Executive Director Patricia Goodwill-Littlechild, Maskwacis Cultural College Librarian Manisha Khetarpal, Elder Jerry Saddleback, Student Leader Sophie Mah, and Sophie's mother, Allison Jones. Photo by Margaret Chegwin