For the 18th 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. Puppet shows, concerts, story time and more are part of the events planned.
Abbotsford: January 26, 2019 (10am – 2pm) Visit the Clearbrook Library and The Reach for their annual celebration of Reading Together and Growing Together! Start your day with pancakes at Firehall #1 (10am) and pick up your Community Reading Challenge reading log (win prizes throughout the month of February). Don’t miss Will’s Jams at Clearbrook Library at 11am and the Purple Pirate Magician at The Reach at 1 pm. Community Literacy Tables, crafts, activities, face painting, balloon sculpting, refreshments and more for the whole family. Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way.
Chilliwack: January 24, 2019 (1pm – 4pm) Bring your family to the Chilliwack library and choose from their large collection of children’s easy readers, novels, and picture books. Enter the book draws and spin the prize wheel for a chance to win. Chilliwack Library 45860 First Avenue.
Fort Langley: TBA Find some wonderful secondhand books, games and puzzles at the library book sale! If you have items to donate, please contact the Fort Langley Library. They are happy to take donations right up to the day the book sale starts. All proceeds go to support your local library system. The book sale is on during regular opening hours. Fort Langley Library, 9167 Glover Road.
Langley: TBA Celebrate Family Literacy Day! Wander from station to station at your own pace, discovering fun activities that support literacy. All ages welcome. City of Langley Library, 20399 Douglas Crescent.
Langley: January 26, 2019 (1:30 – 2pm) Explore stories, songs and rhymes that support children in reading and writing. All ages welcome. Brookswood Library, 20045 40 Avenue.
Maple Ridge: TBA This year’s Family Literacy Day event demonstrates how families can learn, play and have fun together while developing literacy skills! Enjoy a fun-filled day with Showstoppers Academy and a Family Dance Party, as well as a resource fair, activities, contests and prizes for all ages. Everyone is welcome! Maple Ridge Library, 130 – 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road.
North Vancouver: TBA Family Literacy Fair: Literacy is more than reading! Come and celebrate and explore all different kinds of literacy at this event co-sponsored by the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission, the North Vancouver District Public Library and the North Vancouver City Library! John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street.
Port Coquitlam: January 25, 2019 (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 snacks. Fort-building materials are provided. Please register ahead as there is limited space. Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road
Surrey: January 26th, 2019 (11am – 2pm) Surrey Libraries and its community partners will offer live entertainment, face-painting, and activities for kids. Special appearance by Walter the library mascot. One FREE book per family will be distributed to the first 200 families. Guildford Library, 10355 152 Street
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 24, 2019 from 3:30 – 5pm
Dunbar Branch Library (4515 Dunbar Street) on January 23, 2019 from 6:30 – 7:30pm
Champlain Heights Branch Library (7110 Kerr Street) on January 25, 2019 from 6:30 – 7:30pm
Firehall Branch Library (1455 West 10th Avenue) on January 23, 2019 from 6:30 – 7:30pm
Joe Fortes Branch Library (870 Denman Street) on January 24, 2019 from 6 – 7:30pm
South Hill Branch Library (6076 Fraser Street) on January 25, 2019 from 4 – 5pm
Terry Salman Branch Library (4575 Clancy Loranger Way) on January 25, 2019 from 6:30 – 7:30pm
Marpole Branch Library (8386 Granville Street) on January 26, 2019 from 3 – 4pm
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. Celebrate the “Reading Tree” turning 1, with a fun family story time this Family Literacy Week. Family Storytime is happening at the following branches:
Kensington Branch Library (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews) on January 23, 2019 at 10:15 – 11:45am
Marpole Branch Library (8386 Granville Street) on January 24, 2019 at 10:30 – 11am
Firehall Branch Library (1455 West 10th Avenue) on January 25, 2019 from 11:15 – 11:45am
Renfrew Branch Library (2969 E 22nd Avenue) on January 26, 2019 from 11:15 – 11:45am
Collingwood Branch Library (2985 Kingsway) on January 26, 2019 from 2:30 – 3pm
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.