Family Literacy Day – January 27, 2018

Read a story, play a game, bake a cake, sing a song…There are many fun ways that families can build literacy skills together!


Children begin developing language skills from the moment they are born and the main source for those early learning experiences is their parents. Research has found that hearing a variety of words consistently helps prepare young children for reading later in life and builds their vocabulary. What’s more, children’s levels of literacy often reflect those of their parents. This means that keeping your own literacy skills sharp by continued ongoing learning in adulthood is an important part of getting your child off to the right start so they too can be lifelong learners.

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative held annually on January 27 to raise awareness about the importance of engaging in reading and other literacy-related activities as a family. There are FREE bilingual learning activities that families can do together…great activities for the winter days ahead! Recipes, scavenger hunts, puzzles, games and more. Visit:

In communities across Brome-Missisquoi, there many events and activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day;

  • Mansonville: January 26th at Mansonville Elementary, book exchange and activities.
  • Knowlton: Saturday, January 27th, 10-12@Pettes Library. Click for details FLD at Pettes Library
  • Waterloo: Friday Feb 2nd; Activities at Waterloo Elementary, including: visit from an author, bookmaking, media literacy workshop for students.
  • Bedford (Jan 22-26); Events at Butler Elementary include: storytelling; dress up as your favourite book character; t-shirt making; “alpha” snack. Also a workshop for parents is announced “Keeping your child safe on the Internet”. Contact Lynn for registration at 450-248-7977.

For more information about Family Literacy Day, and/or to learn about literacy services in Brome-Missisquoi, contact the Yamaska Literacy Council at 866-337-7503 or 450-263-7503 or

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Do you have kids aged 6 or less?

Looking for something to do with them on Saturday 27th? Then come to the Library between 10 and 12 noon. We will take the load off your shoulders.

We offer story time, games and food. A book exchange

Do they have older siblings? Bring them – the library is full of books for them too

Do you have surplus kids books? Bring them along and we can give them to our local daycares.

Tales for Tots – helping each other learn to read.

How you can help

A book drive.

We know that reading to infants is a critical issue. Most of our infants and very young children attend daycares. Daycares, where reading and being held can take place, are the easiest places to start the work of helping to develop more literacy.

Please look into your own bookshelves and find the kids’ books for ages 0-7 that you no longer need.

Please take them to the Knowlton Literary Festival – Between October 12 – 14 at the Community Centre at the times below

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Or take them to the Pettes Library at any time that they are open.

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Just tell the library that these are for Tales for Tots,

We will then distribute them via the largest Daycare in Knowlton, La Passerelles des Mousses to children in daycares throughout the region.

La Passerelle des Mousses – the largest daycare in our area

If you want to do more, the kids need people to read to them, please use our contact form and let us know.

For more information contact: Robert Paterson Phone: 450 204 5780; Email: