CCPL hosting Family Fest today at Gibraltar Room

Children had a chance to put down their electronics and pick up a book Sunday.

The 12th annual Family Fest took place Jan.28 at the Gibraltar Room and provided a number of learning opportunities for children and their parents.

The free, community event was put on by the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy and aimed to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and early childhood development.

Remote control cars, puppet shows, story telling, crafts, games and much more filled the space at the Gibraltar Room, and free food with something for the entire family to enjoy was provided for attendees.

The event was put on with support from members of the Early Childhood Development Network and sponsorship from Success by 6 and Children First.

The Child Development Centre hosted the free remote control car demonstrations, while the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society taught kids all about waste wise worms and composting.

Daybreak Rotary, meanwhile, provided a well-stocked book swap table where children could choose a free book, or swap one of their books with another one.

The event saw plenty of people take advantage of the event, and take a moment to improve early literacy skills and enjoy themselves.

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Greg Sabatino photos Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy volunteer Sarah Balitsky (right) offers up a free books to Cohen Gayowski, 3, and his mom, Sara Gayowski.

Carson James tries his hand a toy airplane flying.

Kaileigh Mears, 4, takes a turn with the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex’s physical literacy booth as volunteer Violet Kritz talks her through the obstacle course.

Abigael-Rae Mayette, 3, and Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society community liaison Brianna van de Wijngaard talk about waste-wise worms.

Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy volunteer Claire Schneider performs a puppet show.

Willem Allan (from left), Sonny Altrows, 5, Dave Alltrows, and Henry Allan, 5, take a turn driving remote control cars at the Child Development Centre’s RC car track.

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