For the 23rd year in a row, the province of British Columbia has proclaimed January 27 as Family Literacy Day.  Local libraries have a host of terrific events lined up to celebrate Literacy Day. Fort building, concerts, story time and more are part of the events planned. If you know of an event in your neighbourhood, email us at and we’ll add it to our list!

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Online: Join 2023’s Honorary Chair, Barbara Reid, for an interactive virtual workshop. Register here for this event, and be sure to have clay, a paper plate, and a pencil with you as you learn how to create a picture

Abbotsford: January 28, 2023 (11am – 2pm) Visit the Clearbrook Library for their annual celebration of Reading Together and Growing Together! This year’s theme is Celebrate Your Heritage. In addition to a storywalk, there will also be family ukulele jams and an interactive bhangra workshop. Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way.

Maple Ridge: January 28, 2023 (11am – 2pm) Come and celebrate Family Literacy Day at Maple Ridge Public Library! Enjoy an action-packed day with local performers. Meet local community groups to learn about the many amazing programs and services available in the community. There will be lots of fun family activities, popcorn, contests and prizes for all ages! Everyone is welcome! Maple Ridge Library, 130 – 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road.

Port Coquitlam: January 27, 2023 (5:30 – 7pm) Come to the library for an after-hours fort-building session & enjoy reading with your family by flashlight. Please bring your own flashlights and a tidy snack. Fort-building materials are provided. Please register ahead as there is limited space. Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road

Vancouver: Bring a flashlight, grab a book, and snuggle in a fort! The Vancouver Public Library is going old school to celebrate Family Literacy Day. Who doesn’t love to read in the dark? Family Fort Night is happening at the following branches:
Hastings Branch Library (2674 East Hastings Street) on January 27, 2020 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Joe Fortes Branch Library (870 Denman Street) on January 27, 2023 from 3:30pm – 5pm

Vancouver: A program for parents and caregivers with young children. Songs, rhymes and stories are shared. Suitable for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn together. Family Storytime is happening at the following branches:
Hastings Branch Library (2674 East Hastings Street) on January 26, 2023 from 11:00am-11:30am