by STEFANIE PAIGE GROSSMAN, M.S.ED.
The need for diverse and inclusive books for children has become clear. When children see themselves reflected in books, it increases their feelings of positive self-worth. Conversely, when children rarely or never see themselves reflected in books, they receive the message that they are outside of what is acknowledged and accepted as “normal.”
Furthermore, research shows that without thoughtful adult intervention, children develop stereotypes. As early childhood anti-bias education expert and human development faculty member at Pacific Oaks College, Louise Derman-Sparks, explains:
“By the age of two, children begin absorbing socially prevailing stereotypes, attitudes and biases about themselves and people different from themselves. They begin to show discomfort or fear or even dislike toward a person with a different skin color, different language or with a physical disability.”
Books that depict people from all walks of life help combat this. But they can’t do the work alone.
Why the need for adult conversation around these books?
Children often need adult guidance in order to make the connection between what they read in books and their own knowledge and experiences. Connecting new information to what they already Continue reading How to facilitate important conversations with kids using diverse and inclusive books
Bodypaint, glowing clay wheel, DJ, music & dance at 19+ black-light art party, Saturday, Oct. 15 at Lansdowne Village
Following on its first successful run last year, the Kamloops Arts Council’s Art in the Dark fundraiser returns Saturday, Oct. 15, this time at Lansdowne Village.
Expect performances from Bees & the Bare Bones, Studio 253, and many more, the first-ever UV Art Battle, plus a bevy of interactive activities that include glow-in-the-dark clay with Amanda Eccleston, live glow-in-the-dark painting from Ken Farrar, and bodypainting by airbrush artist Kelly Wright,.
“We had one of last year’s attendees say ‘It’s like a kids’ birthday party for grown-ups!'” says Kathy Sinclair, executive director of the Kamloops Arts Council. “That’s the element of fun we’re striving for — to give people a great arts experience that’s a lot more than your average night out at the bar or club.”
The event runs 7 pm to midnight at the old Field’s Department Store at Lansdowne Village (#211, between Spitfire Computers and Herbasana/London Drugs).
View last year’s event in photos by Katie Kershaw here and photos by Jacquie Shinkewski here.
Tickets are $40 ($30 for students and KAC members) at www.kamloopsarts.ca. The price includes participation in all arts activities, music and dance performances throughout the evening. Bring cash for cocktails, wine and beer, artwork up for silent auction, and food. All proceeds support the Kamloops Arts Council’s ongoing community programming.
Shows and Activities, October 2016
The BIG Little Science Centre is open year round:
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Full activity information is on the website calendar.
The Exploration Room is open 10am to 4pm, with over 140 different exhibits to enjoy.
Special shows and activities run at the centre: daily July/August and Saturdays in the school year.
All activities are included with the standard entry fee, unless otherwise stated.
Saturday October 8 The Amazing Magnetism Show at 11am and 1:30pm
This Amazing Magnetism Show is an interactive, fun show that explores magnetism and gives you some magnetic magic tricks to try Continue reading Upcoming Shows and Activities at the BIG Little Science Centre
Got a book idea? Looking for guidance on your poetry, non-fiction, or fiction? Sign up for the Kamloops Writers Festival
The Kamloops Writers Festival is a three-day event held every November that gives writers in the Central Interior an opportunity for learning, networking, and professional development, and gives readers a glimpse into the writing life. We welcome writers of all genres and at all levels.
This year’s readings and workshop facilitators include:
• Richard Wagamese (poetry/memoir/journalism/fiction, Kamloops, Indian Horse, One Native Life, Medicine Walk),
• Michael V. Smith (memoir/novel/poetry, BC’s Interior, My Body is Yours, Progress),
• Ashley Little (adult and young adult fiction, Kelowna, Niagara Motel, Anatomy of a Girl Gang)
• Elizabeth Bachinsky (poetry, New Westminster, The Hottest Summer in Recorded History, Home of Sudden Service)
Workshop descriptions available at www.kamloopswritersfestival.com.
Friday night’s In Conversation With panel discussion with our Continue reading Kamloops Writers Festival Returns Nov. 4 to 6
The Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is pleased to present the Power of
Being a Girl Conference, taking place on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016. This free one-day conference for girls aged 12-14 is designed by girls for girls, and invites participants to explore the challenges of growing up, in a fun and empowering way. Girls are powerful and this year’s inspiring workshop choices, allow participants to explore the healthy ways they can find, keep, and share that power. PBG includes a full day of fun, lunch, prizes, and two workshop choices, ranging from:
MEDIA BUSTING WORKSHOP: Come explore how the media influences how we see ourselves. Girls will examine how body image issues develop and how we can protect ourselves from societal pressure. Barbie will be making an appearance in this creative, arts based workshop.
HATS OF INDIVIDUALITY WORKSHOP: Using the artistic medium
of hat design, girls will be invited to explore identity and self- Continue reading 11th Annual Power of Being a Girl