Literacy is the start of life-long learning at any age.


About us:

  • Literacy New West is a task group whose members are working in partnership with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and local government to build and enhance literacy services, programs, and networks in New Westminster.
  • The Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families serves as the steward organization of Literacy New West and the Literacy Outreach Coordinator.

Our Mission:

  • Our mission is to collaborate with community organizations to enhance literacy initiatives in New Westminster, B.C. recognizing that literacy is the foundation of acquiring new knowledge, enabling citizens to live fulfilling lives.

What We Do:

  • We collaborate with community organizations to identify literacy needs in New West, encouraging community efforts to add literacy components to existing programs and to create new literacy initiatives where needed.
  • We distributebook donations from charitable organizations such as First Book Canada to communities in New West.
  • We provide literacy-related resourceson our website and social media platforms, aiming to raise awareness of literacy and related programs within the community.

Facebook   Literacy New West Facebook page or 604-368-0776: NW Literacy coordinator

New West StoryWalk:

  • A StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy stories in the great outdoors.

Decoda Literacy Solutions

  • Decoda Literacy Solutions is the only province-wide literacy organization in British Columbia. Providing resources, training and funding, they support community-based literacy programs and initiatives in over 400 communities across B.C.
  • Decoda has a lending library of literacy resources, including materials for professionals, workbooks, easy-readers, and more. Sign up to borrow these materials for free and have them mailed to you!
  • Library – Decoda Literacy Solutions

Westcoast Reader:

  • A newspaper and online resource that has been helping learners improve their English skills since 1982.


  • The Raise-a-Reader fundraising and awareness campaign was created by the Vancouver Sun newspaper in 1997 to support family literacy programs in BC.
  • It empowers children and families with tools to improve their reading skills, which serve as the foundation for lifelong learning, impacting the quality of life and the health and socioeconomic well-being of individuals, families and communities.


Family Literacy Programs:

Family literacy programs help parents/caregivers:

  • Support their children’s learning and literacy development.
  • Focus on helping parents, grandparents and other family members improve their literacy skills such as reading and writing.
  • By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities, adults actively keep their own skills sharp while helping their children improve their literacy skills, fostering successful and engaged learners in school.
  • Strengthen relationships between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning.


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Purpose Family Literacy Programming:

  • Physical Literacy, Art, Nature & Science (PLANS)
  • English Made Easy
  • Parent-Child Mother Goose
  • Pitter Patter Circle Time
  • Family Circle
  • Family Circle Book Club
  • Physical Literacy, Art, Nature & Science (PLANS)


Digital literacy:

In today’s tech-driven world, digital literacy is crucial for all ages and professions. In New Westminster, several free digital literacy programs are available.


Thank you to our supporters: