Volunteering…………sign me up!

Like so many other not-for-profit organizations, volunteers are at the core of our success, angels working by our sides giving their time and energy and yet asking little in return. Without them, our literacy program would look quite different, and it would be challenging for us to provide customized, one-to-one tutoring for the adult learners […]

Orange Shirt Day

September 30th marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation which was created as a federal statutory holiday.  At the heart of this day was a chance to acknowledge, remember and engage in dialogues about the tragic legacy of the Residential schools.  Like many other organizations in the Province, the Hamilton Literacy Council staff […]

Book Clubs

Reading is the lifeblood of the Hamilton Literacy Council.  It is also the same, in varying degrees, for many people in the community.  Helping to foster and nurture this love of reading are the many Book Clubs in the city.  In this context, we would like to make a special mention of the Knox Book […]

The Magic of Music and Math

During the pandemic, many people have been experiencing anxiety while trying to cope with being shuttered in their homes, without the usual outlets for socialization and entertainment.  Interestingly, another trigger for anxiety in a multitude of people is the subject of math.  There is a direct correlation between the two and yet music is magical, […]

What do you mean ‘Double Click’?

“If it is important to you, you will find a way.  If not, you will find an excuse”.  This quote seemed to speak directly to me and my reluctance to fully accept the digital world.  However, computers are here to stay.  So, for anyone, like me, still wary of computers – it is time to […]

Conversation with………..

For many of us, reading for enjoyment is such an integral part of our lives.  However, for our adult students, the ability to read can be a struggle when navigating everyday life such as reading road signs, ingredients on food packages or filling out forms at the doctor’s office.  Over time as their reading and […]

Where There’s a Will

For over a year now, we have lived in the long shadow of the pandemic.  Loved ones gone, businesses ruined, young children robbed of simple joys, jobs lost and fears of an uncertain future.  In the midst of this darkness, there have been beacons of light, casting a soft glow around them.  I speak of […]