Celebrating Family Literacy Day

By A. Kelly
Community Programs Supervisor – Midland Public Library

On Friday January 27, our beautiful building was abuzz with youthful excitement and laughter.

Over 100 people gathered for our Family Literacy Day celebrations, where the library was transformed into the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland!

An annual Canada-wide initiative, Family Literacy Day raises awareness of the benefits of reading together and enjoying literacy activities as a family.

“Snuggling up with a book, or playing a game with colours or letters does so much more than teach kids to read,” Crystal Budgell, Midland’s Chief Librarian says, “It strengthens our families and encourages lifelong learning – which is essential in today’s landscape. We like to say ‘there’s no app like your lap!’”

As our first year celebrating Family Literacy Day, the event’s success was doubly meaningful. It also marked our first community event of 2017 on our new mission to be Midland’s central learning and leisure hub. The families’ overwhelmingly positive responses on January 27 told us this is a welcome step, and that future celebrations will be greeted with enthusiasm.

So stay tuned Midland, we have so much more in our “hats”!