This week, I want to talk about something that will be celebrated in libraries across Nova Scotia: Family Literacy Day.
This will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, and to celebrate, we are creating a display in the library of materials you can check out to share with your family.
As I am sure you are all aware, literacy is incredibly important. Studies have shown that children who read are more likely to succeed, less likely to be incarcerated and more likely to break the poverty cycle. The RCMP have a program called “Adopt-a-Library,” where they donate used books to be given to children to help foster a love of reading.
It is so beneficial for children to develop good literacy habits, and institutions like schools and libraries work hard to instill this by teaching and making materials accessible. But it is also important that the books from the library are read and shared to further develop the reading habit.
By reading with children, you demonstrate how helpful it really is. Talking about what was on a page helps to create a deeper understanding of text and to develop critical thinking. Reading together creates a bond between the two (or more) people.
Family literacy can take all sorts of shapes and sizes. It can be as simple as reading together before bed or after supper. Maybe you check out a book on simple experiments and pick some to try together. You could pick a book that has been adapted into a film, so you read the book, watch the movie and talk about what you liked and thought. Or you could share one of your childhood favourites and see how it touches a new generation.
Family Literacy Day is all about coming together and experiencing the joy of reading in the hopes that it will continue throughout their lives. So please feel free to come to the library, have a look at our display and check out material you can share with your family.
The Thomas H. Raddall library is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays 12-4 p.m. and closed Mondays.
The Alean Freeman Library is open Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information about the library, you can find us on Facebook at South Shore Public Libraries, follow us on Twitter @ssplibraries or check our website at www.southshorepubliclibraries.ca. You can contact the Thomas H. Raddall branch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at