Reading Changes Lives With Lego!

Surrey has long recognized the profound importance of early literacy as part of its leading-edge movement into a sustainable and successful future. The 2011 Literacy Building Challenge, hosted at Central City Shopping Centre on September 10th and 11th, is a unique and inspiring community initiative designed to enlist public and corporate support for Early Literacy Programs at Surrey Libraries.

Lego is helping make literacy learning fun, entertaining and engaging. Combining learning and play is a key strategy used by educational facilities world-wide with amazing results. Inspired by the Whalley Family Lego Book Club’s successful 2010 program, the 2011 Literacy Building Challenge’s theme is ‘Dreams’. Fifteen corporately-sponsored teams are challenged to use a specialized Lego kit, innovative ideas, and creative flair to build their vision for the future of the City Centre area, the children of Surrey, or Early Literacy in our community.

Visitors to Central City Shopping Centre are invited to join the fun, vote for favourites, bring their own Lego masterpiece, or add to the amazing Lego model of the upcoming City Centre Library, built onsite by Master Lego Builder, Robin Sather, for a small donation to Surrey Libraries.

Cyndy Hill, Director of Development, Surrey Libraries believes, “Literacy is a key underpinning of almost any human endeavour. When we combine literacy and creativity with the financial support offered by the business community, we can create an experience that brings all these elements together—and we all have the opportunity to learn and be creative together.”

One hundred percent of sponsorship fees and donations will go directly to support Early Literacy Programs at Surrey Libraries, helping families with their literacy needs. Great fun for visitors and sponsors alike, this fundraising event will be established as a must-see tradition in Surrey.

 “We couldn’t launch the Literacy Building Challenge without the leadership shown by our Central City Shopping Centre and the Surrey NOW who have partnered with us to bring this community-building event to Surrey.”

If you can’t commit to a team this year, please consider making a donation.

Central City Shopping Centre – September 10-11

Judging (“Most Creative Structure”): Sept 11th, 1pm

Lego take-down September 16th, 4pm


Cyndy Hill – 604.598.7307 or

Michelle Mackay at 604.587.7770 or

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