On January 27 Canada celebrates Family Literacy Day. On the Coast a number of fun-free events are taking place the entire week highlighting the value of reading and learning together as a family. The message of Family Literacy Day emphasizes the importance of taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with a child. These simple activities are crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.
The Gibsons Library is helping families achieve this by offering a new program called Reading to Dogs. Children are invited to drop by the Library on Saturdays starting in February to read to Tamu, a dog trained to work with children. The Library is also pleased to announce the elimination of overdue fees on all children’s materials. This new policy helps ensure that every child can access books and services at the Library. Please call, drop by or visit the Library website to find out more about these new services.
Literacy goes beyond a person’s ability to read and write; literacy is the skill you need to live your life at any age. The Library aims to help people with literacy skills every day. This year the library is welcoming back our Tech Tutor, Chris. He is here to help you brush up on our digital literacy skills. If you need help navigating your tablet, smart phone, email accounts or downloading a library ebook, Chris is here to help. He is presenting an ereader and tablet workshop on Jan. 27 at 1pm. Find out what eReader and tablets are, what they can do, and what to look for when buying one. To book an appointment with Chris and to find out more about library programs and services drop by the library, visit our website: gibsons.bc.libraries.coop or call us at 604-886-213. Remember all library programing and services are free.
The Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition is celebrating Family Literacy by sponsoring two free community events:
• “Mind of a Snail” Shadow Puppet Performance at the Roberts Creek Hall, Jan. 20 at 4pm.
• “Screenagers” at the Heritage Playhouse on Jan. 25 at 7pm. The documentary “Screenagers” explores how technology impacts kid’s development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world.