Celebrate family literacy this Saturday at the Ladysmith library

Families are invited to bring their children down to the Ladysmith library Sat., Jan. 28 for sing-alongs and stories.

This weekend, dozens of Vancouver Island Regional Libraries will celebrate family literacy, and Ladysmith’s First Avenue branch will be no different.

On Sat., Jan. 28, families are invited to bring their children down for sing-along time with Judy Durban at 1 p.m., story time with Nathan McKay at 1:30 p.m., followed by story time with Margaret Murphy at 2 p.m.

“[Nathan] gets the children laughing, he’s a great story teller,” said branch circulation supervisor Elise Hoy.

“And our local singer storyteller Judy Durban is delightfully colourful and engaging.”

Starting Monday (Jan. 23), the branch is handing out a Passport to Learning, full of suggested activities such as finding a storybook about another culture, or finding a travel movie.

To win a chance at being entered into a draw for a Robert Munsch book, the passport must be filled out and returned to the library by Jan. 28.

Family Literacy Day is a national initiative that promotes reading and writing for both adults and children by bringing them together to participate in fun activities that encourage literacy.

“Take the Learning Journey” is this year’s theme.

“Reading can open the door to all worlds and give you a connection to all cultures,” Hoy said. “And it’s one of the greatest tools supporting the community of mankind.

“Reading is a skill that has immeasurable value through your life.”

More information can be found at www.virl.bc.ca or www.familyliteracyday.ca.

You can also call the Ladysmith branch at 250-245-2322 for more information.