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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

Happy New Year to all our supporters, tutors, students and wonderful volunteers. Best wishes for 2016.

Student and volunteer NEWS

Due to ongoing talks regarding a merger with Literacy Burlington, we are not taking new volunteers, or students or holding the tutor training course. We will keep you updated by Fall 2016 once we have more details. The office is still open and our current students and tutors are meeting. The computer classes are running and the next class starts end of April- check below on our website.

At the recent Annual General Meeting/AGM Dec. 2,2015, the decision to pursue a merger with the Literacy Council of Burlington was voted on and accepted by the members.

The two boards are currently working on this decision and the process has just started mid-December and will take a few months. No details are available yet. We are not closing the Woodside office location and with limited staff hours you can phone and leave a message or email the office.

If you are currently a student or active tutor, we are not going out of business. Tutoring will continue. However we are not taking new students nor are we going to train new tutors until the merger with the Literacy Council of Burlington is complete.

Thank you for your patience as we go forward.


Due to merger talks between the Oakville Literacy Council and the Literacy Council of Burlington, the annual booksale will NOT be held in 2016. We will revisit this in future as it's been an annual event for 15 years.


The office will be open one day a week on Wednesdays. 10 am-12 noon

PHONE: 905-469-8528

EMAIL: info@oakvilleliteracy.ca

ADDRESS: Oakville Literacy Council office,1274 Rebecca St. Oakville Ontario L6L 1Z2 - lower level, Woodside library branch.


We are not taking new students at the present time.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS troduction to Computers - learn the sics!

Our classes are up and running!

There is still time to sign up for April 2016. Call the office today to register!!

Our popular Introduction to Computer class for adults runs April to June, and starts 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. PC only. You can bring your laptop if you wish.

If you are interested in learning more about this course, please call the office at
905-469-8528 to register.

Course dates and times included in Oakville Public Library Programs & Events brochure. Cost: $50.00/10 weeks.

Make cheque payable to Oakville Literacy Council and mail to: 1274 Rebecca St. Oakville, Ontario, L6L 1Z2, lower level Woodside library.


  • Wed. Jan. 20-Mar. 23, 2016 at Iroquois Ridge library branch-1051 Glenashton Drive, Oakville, ON L6H 6Z4. Free parking. 10 am-12 noon.
  • Thurs. Jan. 21-Mar. 24, 2016 at Central Library branch-120 Navy St. ON L6J 2Z4. 10am-12 noon.

Final class spring 2016

  • Wed. April 20-June 22 at Iroquois Ridge - max 8 students. 10am-12 noon
  • Thurs. April 21-June 23 at Central Library - max 6 students. 10am-12 noon


Due to merger talks between the Oakville Literacy Council and the Literacy Council of Burlington, the annual booksale will NOT be held in 2016. We will revisit this in future as it's been an annual event for 15 years.


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.

PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT HAVE STORAGE UNTIL 2 weeks before each booksale in the spring.

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, Speers Road (location moved from Cross Avenue), who donated printing for our flyers, and to WSC Insurance Group for a donation of $250 toward our booksale.

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.

Check out our TV stars!

Our past Program Manager, Amelia Steinbring appeared on Cogeco TV's, FYI show in 2013. Amelia talked about all the services we offer. Penny Smith, booksale liaison with student volunteers at the booksale held at QEPCCC appeared on Cogeco April 2015. Unfortunately the links have disappeared.

Go to Cogeco here

Congratulations to our Co-Presidents - elected fall 2015

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 re-elected to the position of Co-Presidents.

A warm thank you to Ann Bowman, our board president over the three years she served until the fall of 2014. 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.






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