Established in 1979, READ Saskatoon creates opportunities and transforms the lives of community members through free, proven literacy programs delivered in partnership with trained volunteers, and like-minded organizations.
A community that values, promotes, and supports literacy.
READ Saskatoon advances literacy and learning through the work of staff, trained volunteers, and community partners.
Our literacy programs range from confidential adult one-on-one tutoring to adult group literacy skills training to programs designed for parents and families.
Volunteers are trained and receive on-going support from our staff.
READ Saskatoon is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of individuals who value literacy and care about the impact low literacy has on individuals and families living in our community and our province.
Favourite Book: The Diviners by Margaret Laurence. In my early 20s I discovered this book. A couple decades later, its strong, resilient characters coupled with the prairie scenery remains my favourite read.
Favourite Book: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. This was the first book I read by this author, and I was amazed by how she could write such a moving story while incorporating such fascinating neuroscience.
Favourite Book: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This a recent favourite of mine, I liked the way the book explores the concepts of loneliness and solitude through the eyes of a young woman living and working in Glasgow, Scotland.
Favourite Book: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I was immediately transported in time and I could see and smell the things he described. I was invested in the characters and I couldn’t put it down.
Favourite Book: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. This book challenged my perception of poverty around the world and in Canada and gave me a different perspective on the work we do in our community.
Favourite Book: House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. This book combines my love of reading and research, and beautifully toes the line between fantasy and reality.
Favourite Book: A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews. It gave me a glimpse into the hearts and minds of people living lives very different from mine. At the same time, the story is set in the Canadian prairies, and has a powerful sentiment that I connect with more every time I read it, especially since moving here.
Favourite Book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I love this book because it made me think of the impact, good or bad, people have on your life.
Favourite Book: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I read this post-apocalyptic novel in graduate school and again after Covid-19 began ravaging the world because of its beautiful prose and hopeful message. Like the protagonist’s conviction that “survival is insufficient,” I too believe that making, preserving, and appreciating art is essential to the human experience and our continued survival.
Favourite Book: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton. This book introduces readers to an unforgettable character, who I continuously had to remind myself was fictional. Dawnie Walton establishes herself as a unique and powerful voice that confidently uses her Black, female perspective to tell a complex tale about politics, music, and systemic racism that spans decades. Even days after finishing this book, I still had to convince myself that the characters and situations in it were not real.
Favourite Book: White Oleander by Janet Fitch. I attribute this book to my passion for working with vulnerable families. It was gifted to me from my grandmother who is very special to me.
Favourite Book: Nice Big American Baby by Judy Budnitz. This short story collection changed the way I felt about magic realism, about political writing, and about fiction in general in all its many shapes. Over the years, I’ve read these stories many times. As I’ve grown and changed, somehow, like magic, they seem to change too—revealing new perspectives on our complicated, beautiful, surprising, and formidable world.
Favourite Book: The Power of a Half Hour: Take Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time. My favourite quote from this book is, "The value of the gifts is in what the act of giving communicates."
Favourite Book: Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. This books reminds my of my mom who could fix anything.
My favourite books are the Madaddam trilogy written by Margaret Atwood. Choosing a favourite book is so difficult, but these books are so engaging that I've recently decided to re-read them. The dystopian world that sometimes feels like it may not be so far away, the entertaining dark humour, and the interesting relationships in these books drew me in. After I finished one, I couldn't wait to read the next.