Maia Ballard

Reading is fun for the whole family

January 27 is Family Literacy Day and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is celebrating the families reading together!

  • Jan. 27, 2012 9:00 a.m.

Did you know parents reading with their children just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well?

January 27 is Family Literacy Day and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is celebrating the families reading together!

There are a few events happening in our area, starting on Jan. 26. Nakusp Elementary School will have a school-wide read on Thursday, when children from the higher grades will read with younger students for 15 minutes.

NES StrongStart is getting in on the festivities by hosting a pajama party at its Friday morning session from 9-12 p.m. Families can stay in their PJ’s and wander to StrongStart for playtime, crafts, gym time and of course 15 minutes of reading with the kids.

The Nakusp Public Library will be hosting an open house from 1-4:30 p.m., so come and enjoy a preschool story time, pick up some of your favourite books and share a treat with friends.

Lucerne school in New Denver will be holding a Dr. Seuss party at the school on Friday (time to be announced), so bring your cat in a hat!

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

More than 1.5 million Canadians have already participated in the initiative since its debut. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children isn’t only crucial to a child’s development, it’s fun.

Contributed by Rhonda Palmer

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