Greater Victoria Public Library children's librarian Tracy Kendrick

Literacy starts with a bit of fun

Greater Victoria Public Library holds a week of 15-minute reading programs for kids

All it takes is a little fun to make your child a better reader.

Beginning this Sunday (Jan. 27), the Greater Victoria Public Library will provide that fun with a week of programs to celebrate Family Literacy Day.

“Having fun is just such a key part to building a child’s early literacy skills and for child bonding,” said Tracy Kendrick, children’s librarian.

Parents build literacy skills not just by reading and writing with their children, but by playing and even singing with them.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a good singer … just making up funny songs together is such a great enriching thing for young children,” Kendrick said.

Programs include button-making for parents and kids, a puppet show by Puppet Booth Productions, and ABC Fun, where the library provides all the materials for making your very own alphabet book.

“We’re also giving out our family activity card,” Kendrick said. “It’s kind of like a bingo card. If families have everything completed by March 10, the child will get a small prize and be entered to win a $60 gift certificate to a local bookstore.”

For more information, visit gvpl.ca/familyliteracyweek or call your local library branch.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

 

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