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Family Literacy Week events at Richmond Public Library2018-01-15

Richmond, BC – In recognition of National Family Literacy Week, which takes place from January 21 – 27 and concludes with Family Literacy Day on January 27, Richmond Public Library will offer a number of unique, fun activities that will give families the tools they need to build literacy skills at home.

Family Literacy Day is a Canada-wide initiative to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities as a family. Canadian literacy rates have dropped from above average to average compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries over the last 10 years. In addition, Canadian youth are ranked below average compared to OECD countries.

The library’s role in celebrating National Family Literacy Week is to show families that the path to literacy begins at home with simple activities that parents and their children can do together to improve literacy and develop the love of reading in children.

During National Family Literacy week, regular library programs such as Reading Buddies and Storytimes will be enhanced to include special games and activities aimed at showing parents and families how to grow literacy skills at home. There will also be special programs on digital literacy which introduce computer coding and digital tools including robots and Makey Makey’s ®, as well as parent sessions on promoting healthy gaming habits. Visitors to Kids’ Place at the Brighouse branch can also browse our feature wall of literacy tips and activities for parents.

For more details on these and other programs, please check out our online event calendar at, or call the library at 604-231-6412.


Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425,;

Jan Turner, Librarian, Kids Place, 604-231-6412,;

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 , stephanie.