Read Together this Winter: Literacy Programs for Families

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Winter is a great time to engage in low-key learning opportunities centred around books, storytelling, and family adventures. Our staff is here to help you on this journey and we invite your family to participate in these literacy programs that offer more page-turning ideas:

Forest of Reading: Hosted each spring, Forest of Reading is Canada's largest annual recreational reading program where children and young adults pick their favourite authors and illustrators. Forest of Reading has 10 awards, divided by age group and reading level. Each award has 10 nominated titles and students across Canada vote on their favourite to determine the winner. The program is an initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors, and illustrators.

The 2023 nominees were announced on October 15 and you can find many in our collection. Ask staff on your next visit about available titles or check out the convenient list on the Staff Picks page in our online catalogue.

Family Literacy Day: Celebrated each year on January 27, Family Literacy Day raises awareness about the importance of reading and participating in literacy activities as a family. It is beneficial to the whole family to take some time each day to do an activity that promotes literacy. There are many activities that families can do together in support literacy development: reading or telling stories together, cooking a recipe, saying rhymes, or playing games.

Celebrate Your Heritage is the theme for 2023. Gather your family and join our Family Literacy Day Celebration – on the weekend of January 27 to 29, we encourage you to learn about your own heritage and the heritage of others with fun activities, books, and games at any Idea Exchange location. While you are here, check out our Special Collections for Kids – there are so many ways to practice literacy as a family and enjoy learning together!

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1 North Square, Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6
Phone: 519-621-0460

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