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In its second year of operation, the ALIKE adult literacy program held its first ever Kitimat Writes event.

More than 30 people gathered in the Riverlodge Community Room on a Saturday morning to write and illustrate a children’s book.

Participants worked all day on their stories, then returned Sunday afternoon to edit and refine their drafts where internationally acclaimed Kitamaat author Eden Robinson spoke about the steps of editing.

Robinson also found time to talk with the aspiring authors and provide feedback on their stories.

Local artist Sharon Young assisted people with their illustrations in a variety of mediums.

Some participants opted to write a book for their own child or a child they know, while others created a story with illustrations to enter in the contest to be published. Several writers collaborated with local artists, while some individuals both authored and illustrated their stories.

Participants were invited to enter their stories in a contest to have his or her story published by Trafford Publishing Co. courtesy of the ALIKE Program. The published author will receive ten free copies of the book, royalties, as well as posters, bookmarks and postcards featuring their book cover.

Completed stories were submitted to the Kitimat Public Library and judged by the Kitimat Family Literacy Committee, volunteers dedicated to promoting literacy in our community.

The judges had a truly difficult deliberation on their hands, and when the results were in, two stories were tied for first place.

The ALIKE Program is pleased to announce that it will be publishing both Denise Idle’s Zoey’s Room and Heather McCulley’s Reggie the Spider.

The ALIKE program is a joint endeavour by Northwest Community College, the Kitimat Child Development Centre and Kitimat Public Library.

The program recruits and trains volunteer tutors from the community, who then provide one-on-one tutoring services for adults who want to improve their basic literacy skills.

ALIKE is currently seeking both volunteer tutors and adult learners. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in improving reading, writing, conversation, math or basic computer skills, ALIKE offers free tutoring services.

If you would like to gain valuable work experience, connect with other members of your community, share your talents with others and have fun, then volunteer tutoring maybe for you.

For more information, contact Alyson at 632-4766 (Local 5616).

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