Every Day is "Family Literacy Day" at the Library!

January 28, 2012 | Iana

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Every day is "family literacy day" at the library, but today is January 27 - the annual "Family Literacy Day" in Canada organized by ABC Life Literacy Canada. This special day celebrates how adults and children read and learn together, and encourages Canadian families to spend at least 15 minutes daily in reading and learning together.

Check out the many special Family Literacy Day 2012 events at library branches this weekend to celebrate literacy with stories, songs, games and special performances. We share below some more suggestions for fun family literacy activities to do at the library and at home.

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VISIT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY AND FIND GREAT BOOKS:

Toronto Public Library is a great place for children and their families to spend time reading, learning and playing. Cuddle up together with a good book in the welcoming cosy library branches, find a magazine, watch a movie or join for storytime or special event. First and best books 2011

The children's librarian will help your kids choose books they like  to read or that you can read aloud to them.  Here is a list of the top ten 2011 Canadian children's books for the youngest readers, selected by Toronto Public Library (and more lists of great first books). For more reading suggestions and ideas - please visit the blog "Growing a Reader: Kids Books, Tips and More" written by our talented children's librarians.

 

ATTEND LIBRARY STORYTIMES:

Have you joined the "Ready for Reading" storytime at your library yet? Parents/caregivers attend with their children under five and all programs are free (some need a registration so check with your library). Storytimes are a lot of fun - come enjoy great picture books, stories, songs, rhymes and crafts (here is a sample video):

 

 

 

CALL THE LIBRARY TO LISTEN TO A STORY IN 14 LANGUAGES!Dial-a-story-little-girl 

"Dial-a-story" at 416-395-5400 - currently you can listen to stories in fourteeen languages 24 hours a day: English, French, Cantonese, Gujarati, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu. The Library's FREE story phone line receives over 300,000 calls every year! 

VISIT Kidsspace_logo - THE LIBRARY WEBSITE FOR KIDS:

tpl.ca/kidsspace is a safe online place for young children to start using the Internet. Kids can listen to a story online, tell a story, send an e-card and find many book lists and homework help.

 

SOME SIMPLE HOME LITERACY ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY AS A FAMILY:

  • Read to your kids often and talk about you favourite books and stories.
  • In the car - listen to a story (the library has many audiobooks for kids and adults) or read street signs and billboards together.
  • Sing songs together and play word games.
  • Ask your child to help you write the grocery shopping list and pay the bills together.
  • Read and cook a recipe together.
  • Write a letter or email to family members abroad

I have a lot of fun with my 4-year-old daughter! We read to her stories in Bulgarian, Polish and English. She likes to help me "read" recipies when we bake her favourite cookies and muffins. She often asks me about the meaning of street signs and we love dancing together to Raffi's children's songs. We play "daycare storytime" - her toy animals and mama sit in a circle and she "reads" a story to us :-)

 

Why not borrow a book to learn some new nursery rhymes, songs and crafts and have fun with your children at home. There are also lots of children's music CDs at the library.

Do You Know the Muffin Man by Pamela Schiller          Everything Toddler Activities Book by John Levine         The Kids Multicultural Art Book

 

Happy Family Literacy Day! What is YOUR favourite "family literacy" activity?

 

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