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The Oakville Literacy Council is a non-profit, volunteer group providing tutoring to adults in reading, writing, and basic math. The Council serves adults aged 19 and over who speak English.

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Oakville Literacy Council - Recent News


Held at QEP Community & Cultural Centre (QEPCCC)
2302 Bridge Road, between Third Line & Bronte Road  You can find it here

We took in $12,400 from the booksale. Included in that amount was a $1,000 donation from the Royal Bank of Canada, as part of their "Day of Service," and a Globe and Mail representative donated publishers copies of new books.

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS: adults and students and core committee who gave of their time and talents to donate, sort, lift, carry and transport books, tables, signs and help the people at the sale. Special thanks to Janet Birnie who as a retired teacher librarian, and Head of Logistics, designed the sale with a unique set of challenges this year! Janet bought tape, boxes, odds and ends: paper, markers, and created signs for the donation room and sandwich boards, and generally outdid herself. Janet and Jean Birnie created new dates for the sandwich boards. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME OUT TO SET UP AND TAKE DOWN THE SALE. IT`S A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF FUN!

GENTLY USED BOOKS WERE DONATED BY THE PUBLIC AND A BIG HUG AND THANKS TO YOU. Books were then sorted into categories over a two week period. Our sale is known for the quality of its books. We need older volunteers to supervise the students during sorting, by the way! Your expertise in the Dewey Decimal system and determining what goes where is much appreciated!!! Strong helpers are badly needed in setting up the sale, and in packing up the books at the end of the sale.


THANK YOU TO PANAGO and BOSTON PIZZA, DORVAL CROSSING, for permitting the public to donate books at the following store locations during April.

Panago Pizza
2460 Neyagawa Blvd. and 321 Cornwall Rd. (Whole Foods Plaza)

Boston Pizza Dorval Crossing
270 North Service Rd. W.





Thank you to Jeff Parker of UPS, Cross Avenue, who donated printing for our flyers, and to WSC Insurance Group for a donation of $250 toward our booksale.

2016 dates are in: Next year's booksale will run for 4 1/2 days at QEPCCC April 27-May 1, 2016.

Donations will start April 11 to the week of April 18, 2016.

We do not have storage capacity throughout the year. If you can please hold onto your books until the week of April 11,2016 we will be glad to accept them at the venue at designated times.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar

In December of 2014 we received a generous grant of $3,000 to help support the costs of assessing potential students and making sure they are provided a targeted program designed to help them meet their goals. You can read more about the great community work they do here.


Administrative Volunteers are in the office over the summer, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • Note that we do not have capacity to accept book donations or store books until next spring when the booksale venue is booked.


TUESDAYS - 1-3 pm

WEDNESDAYS - 9:30-11:30 am

THURSDAYS - 1-3 pm

Literacy assessment for students needing to be matched with tutors will start in September 2015, unless otherwise noted.

Please leave a message if you are interested in being tutored in English reading, writing math or computers, or if you are interested in tutor training.

Introduction to Computers - learn the basics!

Our popular Introduction to Computer class for adults runs April to June, and starts again in October. In this small-group, 10-week course you'll learn the basics, including keyboarding, the Windows® operating system, MicrosoftWord®, file management, email, and internet searching.

If you are interested in learning more about this course, please call the office at
905-469-8528 to register. The course dates and times will be included in the Fall 2015 Oakville Public Library Progrmas & Events brochure.

Fall Volunteer Tutor Training

We had a great response! We're glad to see so many people interested in helping improve the lives of adults through improved literacy.

Soon, our newly-matched tutors will be partnered with students looking to improve their job opportunities, or to finish high school and continue their education.

Check out our newest TV star!

Our Program Manager, Amelia Steinbring recently appeared on Cogeco TV's, FYI show. Watch her talk about all the services we offer.

Watch here

Congratulations to our new Co-Presidents

At our recent Annual General Meeting we held elections for our board of directors and we're pleased to announce Joanne MacNair and Ken Auden have been elected to the position of Co-Presidents.

A warm thank you to Ann Bowman, our board president for the last three years. Her extraordinary hard work, her passion for adult literacy and her strong leadership ensured a focused plan for the future. We wish her the best and look forward to her guidance as past-president.






Literacy Lesson Video


Watch this story about how we help, as televised on TVCOGECO.

Click PLAY to listen if you want to improve your reading or writing.

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