But some may not realize the importance of literacy. That’s why we have Family Literacy Day, held on January 27. It is a national awareness campaign created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to spread the word about the importance of reading and other learning activities.
It’s a day to promote family literacy and to teach the community why literacy is important. As a library, promoting literacy is central to our mission. So how is your library taking part? Here are a few ideas:
- Host a program on January 27, such as a storytime for children or an educational session for parents about the importance of early literacy; ABC Life Literacy provides a guide for hosting a Family Literacy Day event
- Create a display for your library featuring early literacy resources for parents, or books of varying reading levels for children and young adults; the Canadian Children’s Book Centre suggests these books about families
- Part of the message of Family Literacy Day that just 15 minutes of reading or learning a day can vastly improve a child’s literacy skills. ABC Life Literacy has downloadable posters and bookmark with ideas for 15 Minutes of Fun. Print posters and bookmarks and hand them out to your patrons to raise awareness
- ABC Life Literacy also provides a social media guide with statistics and facts about family literacy that you can use on January 27 to spread the word. Use the hashtags #FamilyLiteracyDay and #15MinutesofFun to join in with other conversations about family literacy
How is your library taking part in Family Literacy Day? What others ways can you spread the word?