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The 5th annual Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee for
Adult Teams is back!

January 27th is Family Literacy Day across Canada, and mayors and councils in South Grey Bruce made it official again this year, with proclamations at recent or upcoming Council meetings. The South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council will mark Family Literacy Day – and raise funds for its programs – through its fifth annual Great Grey-Bruce Spelling Bee for Adult Teams on Thursday, February 22nd, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at 519 Table&Pour, 972 Old Durham Road. Walkerton, On (519-507-7687 (POUR) for reservations) (snow date Thursday, March 2nd, same time and location).

In years past up to 14 teams duked it out – Last year, The Buzzbees, a bodacious group from the Durham/Markdale area, walked away as Queen Bees, complete with medals. The Spelling Baes, another of the 10 teams who competed, claimed the Most Room for Improvement award. Word Nerd (no relation to past winners Word Nerds) got Best Costume and the G-Spot Spoilers got Best Name and Best Spirit. Who will take top prize this year?

This is a wonderful evening out for those in government, service, media and social clubs and organizations — or a group of friends, members of a book club, Scrabble fans… anyone who uses words and enjoys them. It’s a great chance to earn bragging rights and raise funds for the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council and its programs to help kids struggling with reading, writing and math skills. No stellar spellers required– it’s a team effort, and all teams need quarterbacks, too!

Entry is $25 per person. Entry forms are available below or by calling 519.364.0008.

Those who shy away from competition can still support Youth Literacy at the Bee with sponsorships, from Busy Bee to the Bees’ Knees – which gives the sponsored team a competitive advantage depending on the sponsorship level. Stress Bee-lief coupons include Re-buzzes, where teams buy their way back in after potential elimination; Buzz-offs, to discard a word that’s too hard; or Stingers, that allow teams to send a stinky word to an opposing team.

Those who join the fun at 519 on February 22nd can also vote for best team name or costume – at a toonie a vote, ballot box stuffing is not only allowed, it’s encouraged! Supporters can also help teams buy their way back in after elimination..

Every dollar counts towards helping kids and youth, with a focus on fun. For more information:, or Youth Literacy’s Facebook page, or contact the Literacy Council at

Team Entry Form
Sponsor Registration Form
Adult Spelling Bee Rules

Literacy On Its Feet Fall Program Full!

Our fall drama workshop program is now full. We are accepting names for our waitlist. Led by local performer Jenny Parsons, sessions begin on Thursday, October 5th, 4 pm. No cost. Thanks to all registrants – see you then!

To find out more about this program, please see the LOIF Information Sheet and also the Application Form For Participants if you’d like to be added to the waitlist. We’re also accepting submissions for Adult Leaders and Teen Volunteers to assist at these workshops.

Twisted Mystery Fundraiser, Oct. 27th

South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council presents:

Twisted Mystery

Ima Gabbler’s infamous little red book is missing… and that’s dynamite for the members of New York’s glittering, glamorous Algonquin Round Table .

Join them for a murder … wrapped in a mystery—20s style!

Friday October 27, 2017, 7pm-9pm at Jest Arts Studio, 148-1 Garafraxa St. North, Durham

Tickets $25, includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.

Contact or 519.364.0008

SGBYLC Fall Activities, 2017

Free one-on-one tutoring with screened, trained volunteers for children and youth 6-18. Applications for learners are available online or contact our office for more details.

Free fall improv drama program begins Tuesday, September 19th, for 8 weeks. Registration forms for participants are available online.  Hanover, Durham Location TBD – call for details.

Save the date for our fall twisted mystery fundraiser, Friday, October 27th, 7-9 pm. Location TBD.

The scene: the Algonquin Hotel, New York, 1920. Writers, agents and hangers-on gather for a glamorous evening – mayhem ensues! Solve puzzles and interview suspects, enjoy good eats and help raise funds for Youth Literacy.

For information, email, or contact Kimm at 519.364.0008.

9th Annual Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest for Youth – Silence

In partnership with Words Aloud we’re pleased to announce our 9th Annual Youth Writing Competition – the theme this year is “Silence”. The deadline for entry is October 28th, 2016. Click on the poster below for more information or download the entry form and rules.

The young visual artists can design a “Silence” themed bookmark and enter our second Children and Youth Bookmark Contest! There will be two categories, junior (ages 6-12) and senior (13-18) and the deadline for entry is October 28th, 2016. Download the contest template and rules for more information.