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Library hosting Family Literacy Day activities

By: Dawn Smith

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 12:53 pm

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The Airdrie Public Library (APL) is celebrating Family Literacy Day on Jan. 25.

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

The APL will be hosting a variety of free events for Airdronians of all ages.

“It’s really just celebrating literacy for the whole family,” said Anne Beaty, library spokesperson.

Events will kick off with from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a program for preschoolers and their parents, ages five and younger, featuring stories, play and song.

From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., the library is putting on an interactive activity for school-aged children. The Whole Fish Bureau of Investigation will connect participants with the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach California via the Internet.

An aquarium staff member will remotely lead the group on a tour through the aquarium and will answer questions.

After the aquarium activity, families are invited to read from the APL’s selection of ocean-themed books.

Although exact numbers aren’t known, Beaty said a similar event last year attracted a good turnout.

Beaty said the library offers more than just books. It hosts a number of activities and sessions in partnership with other community organizations, such as Community Links, Rocky View Schools and Alberta Health Services.

Regular activities include Tween Zone, Teen After Hours, Toddler Time, Tales and Tunes, technology tutoring, preschool literacy and more.

In addition, other community groups, such as the Airdrie Knitter’s Group, meet at the library.

Beaty encourages residents to attend Literacy Day.

“It’s an incredibly good time for families to get together and learn,” she said, adding that promoting reading with young children may stimulate an interest in reading for life.

“Everyone is welcome at the library. It’s the community gathering place. It’s comfortable here.”

For more information, visit www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca


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