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General News · 7th October 2018
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
What is Folk Education and how might it enliven your life? Come learn all about Folk U., how you can be paid to share your interests with your neighbours, and best of all! Monica Nawrocki will do a short, fun presentation on How to Teach/Present any topic and make it more interesting and engaging.

Folk U. What do you know? Share it. This Friday and every Friday at Linnaea Education Centre, 1 to 2:30. Snacks and tea provided. Stop by for your lunch hour and get inspired.

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Introducing Folk University: What do you know? Share it!

This fall, Cortes Literacy Now is launching an inaugural season of Folk University…. a kind of education for and by the people of Cortes. The series is modelled after the Folk High School and the folkeuniversitets in Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark which provide adult education, usually without the affiliation of a university.

At a time when our ideas and differences are being used to bring us further apart, can we as an island of people use these same tools to build us each up? We are an island blessed with riches of resources, learning, arts, writing, music, wood work, hand work, gardens, scientists, multiple generations, and beauty. Living on Cortes still provides an opportunity to appreciate that slower kind of learning… the kind for which we have had to work. Folk U is an opportunity to delight in curiosity and grow in community.

Let’s share what we know. And have fun doing it.

The first series of Folk University starts Friday October 12th at Linnaea’s Education Centre in the Sunshine Room (enter just above the library). Classes will be held at 1 p.m. every Friday throughout the fall. (Doors open by 1 p.m. and classes will run between 1 and 1 ˝ hours.) Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. Suggested donation $5. Or support the series with a 2018/2019 FolkU series pass for $50.

We are looking for volunteers to help greet, bake cookies, and schedule presenters. Have an idea for a session or two you’d like to attend? Ready to lead a session? Learned something interesting from one of your neighbours and think they might be convinced to teach about it?

Contact Manda Aufochs Gillespie the Cortes Literacy coordinator at Presenters are paid a $50 stipend and there is even a tiny budget for materials.

You're also invited to our book club

We, the Lit Club of Cortes, warmly invite all you book-loving Cortesians to join us for our monthly discussion of the following books. We will provide light refreshments (and we'd love if you wanted to bring some to share as well), and help guide the discussion through the books. Supplemental readings are suggested below, but only the main book is required reading. All ages welcome and encouraged. $5 donation to cover room and refreshments welcome. The book club will meet on the following Tuesdays from 1 to 3 in the Linnaea Education Centre Sunshine Room.

Here is the schedule...
October 9th
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, (Supplemental Reading: Maud by Melanie J Fishbone and Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden)

November 13th
Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Supplemental Reading: any or all of the series: A Wind in the Door, Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters

Novemeber 27th
El Deafo by Cece Bell (graphic novel)

December 18th
These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens by Ruby Slipperjack
A wonderful idea!
Comment by Lu Schanfarber on 12th October 2018
Thanks for doing this. How wonderful.