Literacy Central operates a large used bookstore “Well Read Kids” and “Well Read Books”, and provides free tutoring to adult learners over 19 with reading, writing, math, computers and essential skills. Volunteer tutors also work with local First Nation communities, the Nanaimo Correctional Centre, and other outreach locations. Tutors facilitate English language groups, and deliver the BEARS and BEAMS (Be Enthusiastic About Reading and Be Enthusiastic About Maths) program in elementary schools. Their Computer Refurbishing Program is available to families, students and seniors through a referral process for those who are upgrading and unable to afford one.
19 Commercial Street, Nanaimo V9R 5G3
Telephone: (250) 754-8988
or (250) 591-2665 for “Well Read Books”
The Bookstore is open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and until 8:00 pm Thursday and Friday.
All the programs and group sessions are free. Tutoring and language classes are available according to tutor and learner schedules all year, and BEARS and BEAMS operates during the school year.