On Friday, December 13, the Golden chapter of Canadian Parents for French (CPF) will be hosting a French book fair. The book fair will be open to people of all levels of French.
The book fair will be a part of a series of monthly events organized by CPF which seek to increase French education and awareness in Golden.
“We want to make accessible French education opportunities to all the kids in the community,” said Caroline Tremblay, who is president of CPF – Golden Chapter and organizer of this event. “That’s why CPF was created in the first place in the 70s, so that all kids would have equal opportunities to learn French. That’s our main intention.”
For Tremblay, the book fair is an important part of the CPFs curriculum, as it provides a service that can sometimes be hard to find in a town like Golden.
“Having access to French books is pretty rare in an English speaking community,” said Tremblay. “We’ve ordered books for all levels; some for French Immersion and others for francophones. Some for kids and some for adults, too.”
Golden’s chapter of CPF has been hard at work curating the list of books that will be available at the book fair. They’ve been working with a French library in Edmonton to choose which books they think will be the most popular, and provide the most French exposure.
“It’s really a great opportunity for people to access French books,” said Tremblay. “We aren’t actually making any money out of this.”
Based off of a positive reaction from last year’s book fair, this year’s will once again be combined with a Christmas festival to spur up holiday cheer.
There will be carols, all in French of course, as well as a bake sale. There will also be plenty of opportunities for hands-on activities, such as Christmas crafts.
“Having the Christmas special is always fun,” said Tremblay. “Hearing carols that they are used to hearing in English, and then having the French lyrics, it seems to really please people.”
Events like this have allowed the French club and the CPF to flourish in Golden. Tremblay has been pleased to see the attendance at their monthly events continue to grow.
“We’re really pleased that people are taking advantage of these opportunities that we are presenting them with,” said Tremblay. “We hope to see a lot of the Golden community come to our event on Friday.”
The book fair will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Senior Centre. Admission is free.