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Monday it's time to 'Drop Everything and Read'

This Monday, (October 22) the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association  (BCTLA) is inviting everyone to join students, teachers, and volunteers from across BC to celebrate the importance of literacy, school libraries, and the joy of reading, and “drop everything and read”.
In conjunction with Canadian National School Library Day and BC Public Library Month celebrations, the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association (BCTLA) will be sponsoring its sixth annual province-wide Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Challenge on the fourth Monday of October.

With over 65 000 students, teachers, parents, and school volunteers participating last year, DEAR has become a regular celebration of literacy, reading, and school libraries in BC.
Schools from across the province, including Kootenay/Columbia District 20 and Kootenay Lake School Districdt 8 will be participating in the event, as well.
The BCTLA continues to lobby the BC Liberal government, local members of the legislative assembly, and the Minister of Education to have the fourth Monday of every October designated as ‘BC School Library Day’.

The group also plans to further its outreach work by connecting with parent groups around the province including local DPACs (District Parent Advisory Committees) and the provincial association, BCCPAC. In the future, the BCTLA hopes that Drop Everything and Read will also become a nationwide celebration!
For details about the DEAR 2012 Challenge, please visit

Readers can also follow the event on Twitter (@BCTLA_DEAR) and find them on Facebook, too.