‘15 Minutes of Fun’… for Family Literacy Day!

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Family literacy refers to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills, from enjoying a storybook together at bedtime and during the day, to playing with word games, singing, writing to a relative or friend, sharing day-to-day tasks such as making a shopping list or using a recipe, and surfing the Internet for fun and interesting sites (Family Literacy in Canada: Profiles of Effective Practices, Adele Thomas, Soleil Publishing Inc., 1998). And it can take as little as just 15 minutes a day in some fun and easy ways, to improve your family’s literacy skills. (www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca).

1. Read a book aloud together! Children’s books are usually short, and are a breeze to get through in 15 minutes.

2. Heading out on a long road trip to Grandma’s house? Count how many red cars you see along the way or find the whole alphabet using licence plates and billboards.

3. Sing a song. Singing encourages learning patterns of words, rhymes and rhythms, and is strongly connected to language skills.

4. Bake some cookies! Most recipes are less than 15 minutes and measuring ingredients helps children understand math and numbers.

5. Go for a walk as a family and read the street signs.

Family Literacy Day is an initiative of ABC Life Literacy Canada, and is celebrated annually on Jan. 27. At the library we celebrate community literacy every day. We set aside this time to celebrate Family Literacy Day with a whole week of special programs and events from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1 at our six library branches in Pictou County.  Be sure to drop by and join us, for “15 Minutes of Fun”!

– Tuesday 6 p.m. – Pictou Library, “15 Minutes of Fun” with Sheree Fitch

– Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – Pictou Library, a special Preschool Storytime with invited guest readers (Joe Hawes (Mayor), Cam Beaton (Town Councillor) and an RCMP officer from the Pictou Detachment)

– Wednesday 1:30 p.m. – New Glasgow Library, a special Preschool Storytime with invited guest reader (Troy McCulloch (Town Councillor)

– Thursday 1 p.m. – Stellarton Library, a special Preschool Storytime with invited guest reader (Jeanne McDonald)

– Thursday 1:15 p.m. – Westville Library, a special Preschool Storytime with invited guest readers (Tim Houston (MLA, Pictou East) and Charlie Sutherland (Town Councillor))

– Thursday 2:30 p.m. – Pictou Library, puppet show – the Paper Bag Princess (a Robert Munsch classic!)

– Saturday all day – River John Library, “15 minutes of fun” with crafts, and word games

A few of our special programs this week include:

NFB Film Club @Library – the River John Library will show the popular documentary "Bad Coyote" (2013, 51 minutes) on Thursday, 6:15 p.m.

Friday Night family movies at the New Glasgow Library continue with “The Croods” on Friday, 6:30 p.m.  “The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Travelling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures – and their outlook is changed forever.”

For more information on upcoming library programs, special events and services, please drop by your local library branch, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, or visit us online at www.parl.ns.ca.


Trecia Schell is Community Services Librarian, and Branch Manager, River John and Stellarton Public Libraries.

Organizations: Pictou Library, Soleil Publishing, New Glasgow Library ABC Life Literacy Canada River John Library RCMP Stellarton Library Westville Library NFB Film Club

Geographic location: Canada, Pictou County, Troy Pictou East River John Stellarton

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