Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Save the Date for Spring Workshop

Speakers have been confirmed for our Spring Workshop!

Save the Date

Friday, May 10, 2018

at Carman United Church

Here is our lineup:

Colleen Nelson - Manitoba Author

Judy Dickson - Indigenous Literature

Lori Emilson - Breakout EDU


Saturday, September 29, 2018

PERC Issues Literacy Grants

Pembina Escarpment Reading Council shared funds with six literacy projects in our region.

  • Deanne Kuehn received $500 to add to her indigenous collection at the Treherne Elmentary School library. 
  • Carl Klassen received $300 to support Minnewasta School's Young Authors' Night. 
  • Gisele Rondeau received $300 for Western School Division's French support.
  • Elm Creek Stay & Play Centre received $250 for new literacy materials for their nursery school and daycare.
  • Jackie deVries and Nicky Spencer, teachers at Elm Creek School, each received $200 for their classroom libraries.
You can apply for this year's awards. Awards are open to literacy projects that are in the community or in schools. 

The Pembina Escarpment Reading Council (PERC) is supporting a new initiative to promote literacy in surrounding communities.  This year we will be offering up to $500 to support successful designated proposals.

This initiative is in keeping with PERC’s literacy goals:
1.      To improve the quality of literacy instruction at all levels
2.      To develop an awareness and understanding of the impact of literacy
3.      To promote development of literacy proficiency for all people
The proposal may be for a school based or community idea including but not limited to summer reading programs, Little Free Libraries, Makerspace initiatives or other activities that promote reading, writing, listening and learning in our schools and communities.

Everyone is welcome to apply: teachers, students, community members/groups,
parents - EVERYONE!!
If your project is approved, we would love to see photos of your completed project and any other information you would like to share with us.

Return your application by - June 1, 2019 to:  
PERC
62 Conner Hill Drive
Morden, MB   R6M 1J2
Or email to:

The application form is available on our website or by email percreads@gmail.com.


Barb Lepp presenting one of the first grants to Karly Vancott at Starbuck School.

The Next PERC Workshop Coming in May 2019

Your new Pembina Escarpment Reading Council executive met recently and set a date for a spring workshop.  Plans are in place for early May and speakers are being contacted. Stay tuned for more info. May 9th is the tentative date, but we will confirm soon.

Elections were held at the Annual General Meeting in June, but some changes were necessary after job changes. We wish our outgoing president Barbara Penner all the best in her new school in Winnipeg. We welcome the following executive council:

President - Mary Reimer
Past-president - Barbara Penner, Lisa Carlson
Vice-president - vacant
Secretary - Suzanne Godard
Treasurer - Darlene Keith
Membership Director - Tara Janzen
Members at Large - Christine Wolf, Heather Armstrong, Deanne Kuehn, Mary Reimer, Angela Mills

 PERC President Barbara Penner presents Kathie MacIsaac with her Crocus Award for Literacy Advocacy at the Awards event in May.

Many PERC connections received awards at the joint event in May.
Centre- David A. Robertson and Norma Jones received International Literacy Association
Celebrate Literacy recognition.
Far right - Principal Tanis Thiessen received a Crocus Award for Administrators.
Kathie MacIsaac received the Crocus Award for Advocacy (see above).




Monday, April 2, 2018



Registration is open for our Spring Workshop.

Click on the image for a larger view.

Register by emailing percreads@gmail.com.
Include your name, school or library, and telephone number.
Pay by cheque or purchase order.
Your registration will be confirmed.




Monday, October 9, 2017

Making Writer's Workshop Come Alive!


A New PERC Workshop for Teachers

By Popular Request
Syd Korsunsky is returning to the Pembina Valley.
Register by November 30th.
Contact a PERC representative for more info.


Long Way Down

I received a galley of this book from NetGalley. The hardcover edition is to be released on October 24, 2017.

From Amazon:

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun.


What did I love about this book?

  •  Jason Reynolds's prose. Who can deliver free verse with such meaning?
  •  I love the cover of this book. Although I read it as an ebook from NetGalley I love the look of the black and white cover displaying old-style round elevator buttons against a scratched and soiled wall.
  •  I love the pages that appear to be the scuffed paint of the elevator walls.
  •  I love the sparsity of words on the page.
  •  I love the chapters told as a trip in the elevator.
  •  I love the ending!


Who can turn your thinking around in 200 pages the way Jason Reynolds can?
Will's brother Shawn was murdered and Will believes he must avenge the death. Like all of Jason Reynolds' novels, the characters are wonderful and the story is never simple.

The novel is longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

I will buy this book so I can read it again in hard copy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Feedback from Literacy in the 21st Century - Annual PERC Workshop

We had another successful workshop in April. We appreciate the feedback from our participants and it helps determine our agenda for the next workshop.  Here is what the exit slips revealed.


Do you have any ideas for topics or presenters for future PERC workshops?
·         Indigenous perspectives
·         Keeping the connection between school and public libraries – reading buddies program, schools identifying and helping to connect this to public library programming especially through the summer
·         How can schools / school libraries and public libraries support each other?
·         ILL’s and FILL
·         PLS (Public Library Services)
·         Information literacy (internet searching)
·         How to organize your library (Dewey; genre; colour code?)
·         How to “genre-fy”
·         Making effective book displays
·         Would love to hear Sally Bender speak again!
·         More authors! He was very interesting – love learning about writing process
·         Publisher? How does a book get published?
·         Other resources available to us – MB Ed. Lib. was great!
·         Makerspace lady was very informative as well!
·         Follet
·         Publishers
·         More authors – Carol Matas (Wpg)
·         I really enjoyed the Makerspace presentation and would love to learn more
·         More information about picture books and how to give book talks
·         Writer’s Workshop for Middle Years
·         Presenter that PERC had about 7 years ago with an emphasis on writing – Syd Korsunsky (from Winnipeg)
·         aSuggested speaker- Brenda Mutcher - Making a priority to visit the public library twice a year and to do a scavenger hunt within the library, and how she encourages the kids to read and belong to the summer reading program
·         Teachers encouraging students to visit public libraries throughout the year and teach kids that a public library is a “safe” place you can go if needed
·         Literacy strategies
·         Library specific Makerspaces


Other Comments:
·         Love “Sal’s Addiction”!
·         Love it when you do the book recommendations
·         Very good day – thank you!
·         I like hearing about what you guys are up to but don’t have the time to join committees.  Please keep keeping our schools in the loop J
·         Thanks so much for all your work in planning today’s session.  It has been packed with great content! Thanks! 
·         Only consideration might be to have session at a location that has wifi access for devices other than cell phones so we can check into resource online in networking time.