Get ready for Jan. 27

Family Literacy Day is only one week away (Jan. 27) and we would love to see everybody celebrate this day in grand fashion.

Family Literacy Day is only one week away (Jan. 27) and we would love to see everybody celebrate this day in grand fashion. The Stettler Public Library can help you celebrate this momentous event with a contest and a tournament. What could be better? But I am sure that you are saying to yourselves right now “What contest, what tournament?” Let me tell you about our Get Caught Reading Photo Contest and our first annual Scrabble Tournament.

We want you to get caught reading or to catch somebody else reading. What I mean by that is we would like pictures of somebody getting caught reading. It can be anything like a recipe, nutritional labels, newspapers or just an ordinary book. You can also include family time like playing board games or bedtime stories. The next step is to get a great photo. The last step is to submit the photo to us here at the Stettler Public Library by 4 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The pictures will be placed on display here at the library and a panel of judges will be asked to choose the winners. The prize winners will then be announced on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. after our first annual Scrabble Tournament. It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Everybody is welcome to participate. We will endeavor to have people of equal skill levels be pitted against one another. We ask that you preregister but nobody will be turned away the day of the tournament. Prizes will be awarded after the tournament at 3 p.m. with the winners of the photo contest.

You see how everything is tied in together and the common theme is Family Literacy Day. A wonderful resource for literacy can be found at ABC Canada’s website (www.abc-canada.org). It is amazing how much of an impact just seeing a parent enjoying a book can make on a child. Research shows children have a better chance of becoming fully literate adults if reading is encouraged in the home (Literacy BC).

Family literacy should not be celebrated not just once a year but every day. Literacy should not be taken for granted. It does not have to be a formal practice of sitting down and reading a story. Literacy plays a role in everything we do. You would not be able to read this column if it wasn’t for literacy. 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)

Remember that the Stettler Public Library is available for all your reading needs. But if your reading skills need a little help, Stettler Adult Learning Council can get you the help that you need. They are located at the Stettler FCSS building on Main Street (4720-50 Street) and you can call them at 403-742-2280.