Family Literacy Day in Canada


Reading is a great way to relax and relieve the stress of the day. It helps improve literacy skills and is fundamental to every child’s learning. A great initiative that provides awareness about this issue on a national level is the Family Literacy Day by ABC Life Literacy Canada. It was founded in 1999, it’s been held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading as well as encouraging other literacy-related activities.

ABC Life Literacy Canada has a great way of promoting the ways you can be involved with your family. ABC Life states that 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy dramatically and it helps parents hone their reading skills. There are three different ways that this can be achieved. The first way that ABC Life Literacy Canada says is by playing a new board game together as a family. This helps increase literacy skills in a fun and challenging way by using instructions on a board game. Another way is telling knock-knock jokes while doing the dishes. This helps create memory as it helps to memorize the joke and how the joke goes. Finally, making a new recipe together with your family and then posting it online. This helps improve typing skills and identifying where letters in the keyboard.

My volunteering journey at the library started at a young age just like everything else I’ve done. It started off when I was borrowing a book at the library when I noticed that the people that were there were teenagers shelving books which didn’t make sense to me. I thought to myself that why would teenagers be working at a library out of all places. So, I decided to solve this problem of mine once and for all by asking one of them if they work at the library. I learned that the teenagers that were there didn’t work there, but they volunteered to get their 40 hours of community service instead. So, I decided that I wanted to become one of these people too because I knew my way around the library fairly well. At first, I was recommended to wait until high school to even apply for this opportunity. But, I argued that I would influence other youth to help out too because of how I started at a young age. Once I got accepted I felt honoured to be helping the local library, helping the community grow, and best of all helping people choose their books.

Remember the importance of literacy and how it can be achieved through little tasks. Some of these tasks are playing board games with family, reading on your leisurely time and reading comic books, too.


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