Mining memories of mining families

A long-time resident of Balfour on Kootenay Lake, the late Shirley Stainton (at left, with brother Ray) has left behind a heartfelt memoir of West Kootenay working class lives, reviewed by Sylvia Crooks. FULL STORY

Let there be reading lights

February 21st, 2018


With a subsidy from BC Hydro and the support of VPL’s chief librarian Sandra Singh, Vi Hughes has spearheaded a Reading Lights programme to erect 61 colored children’s book plaques on lamp posts around Vancouver to spark the interest of kids in local books and advanced the cause of literacy.

VPL provides an interactive map to the plaques, erected in 2016, 2017 and 2018, at

“How wonderful to have all that beautiful art displayed so accessibly around our city, says one of the featured illustrators, Sima Elizabeth Shefrin.

The campaign mirrors the ongoing Literary Map of B.C. project co-created by VPL and B.C. BookWorld.

Vi Hughes is an educator, children’s writer, and early literacy advocate. She has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum Studies and Bachelor of Arts degree.

She has had a career in Vancouver BC, as a teacher, elementary school principal, Language Arts resource teacher, Faculty Associate in Teacher Education at Simon Fraser University and Sessional Instructor in Reading at the University of British Columbia.

Hughes writes children’s books and articles on reading and early literacy development. As a LITE advocate, she makes presentations to community groups and at conferences. She currently serves as a director on the board of the West Coast Book Prizes Society.

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