Island families are encouraged to read and learn together for national Family Literacy Day this Friday, January 27.
This year’s theme is “Learn at Play Every Day.” Practicing literacy at home helps equip children with skills they will need throughout their lives.
“There are many fun and easy ways parents can help their children learn such as reading recipes and making dinner together or creating a story and typing it out on the computer,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie said. “When parents practice literacy skills with their children they are building a foundation for lifelong learning.”
Libraries are an excellent example of a place where families can engage in literacy.
“It wasn’t until I began working at the PEI Literacy Alliance that I understood the essential role that literacy plays in building a strong foundation for families to thrive,” Executive Director of the PEI Literacy Alliance Jinny Greaves said. “Now as a mother of two I have had the opportunity to encourage a love of learning in my own children. One of the ways we do this is by visiting our local library.”
Libraries across the province will celebrate with activities on Friday and Saturday including:
Friday, January 27
• Montague Rotary Library will lead a drop-in bookmaking class from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be a variety of materials and supplies to use. Those that choose to leave their creations behind will have their book bound and can be picked up at a later date.
• Alberton Public Library will have a reading and rhyming morning with Dr. Seuss’ books from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be cupcakes and a draw to win books.
Saturday, January 28
• Summerside Rotary Library will celebrate the day at its new location in the Inspire Learning Centre at 57 Central Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families will enjoy live music, celebrity readers, healthy snacks, face-painting, puppet shows and giveaways. Families are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for the local food bank. This event is in collaboration with the PEI Literacy Alliance.
• Georgetown’s Genevieve Soloman Memorial Library will have a Munsch and Munchies hour from 11 a.m to noon. Robert Munsch books will be read along with crafts and treats. Children are welcome to come dressed as their favourite Munsch character.
• Souris Public Library will have literacy stations, storytelling, crafts and puzzles from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.