Celebrating International Literacy Day at the Montreal Children’s Hospital with Roch Carrier and Robert Thirsk

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Celebrated author Roch Carrier and Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk emphasized the joy and importance of reading as the Montreal Children’s Hospital and The Centre for Literacy dedicated a Roch Carrier Reading Corner/Coin de lecture in the clinic waiting area of the hospital on International Literacy Day, September 8, 2011.

Calling reading a “key to the treasures of the world”, Carrier recalled the role reading played in his childhood and particularly exhorted boys to read. Dr. Thirsk, who  took a copy of Carrier’s children’s literature classic The Hockey Sweater with him on his six-month sojourn on the International Space Station in 2009, noted the importance of reading to his job, saying “astronaut training is a little like drinking from a fire hose,” given the sheer amount of information astronauts must learn.

 

Photos of the event posted on Facebook by Homerun on CBC Radio One

 

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