The Williams Lake Library is a great place to spend time with children. On Tuesday

Children’s activities celebrate Family Literacy Week

Let’s Play Together! This is the theme for Family Literacy Week Jan. 24 to 31.

Let’s Play Together!

This is the theme for Family Literacy Week Jan. 24 to 31.

How fun and how easy is that?

Let’s Play Together raises awareness about the vital role of play in children’s lives and of the importance of engaging in play-based literacy activities as a family.

Here are some family literacy events happening in Williams Lake next week.

• Tuesday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: The Cariboo Regional District Library, Williams Lake hosts puppet play, craft and music activities.

• Monday to Friday, Jan. 25-28: Strong Start Program participants will be exchanging letters through Canada Post with different Strong Start centres.

The letters may include a photo, favourite recipe, or a song.

Each Strong Start Centre will post the letters they receive.

Strong Start Centres for pre-school children in the Williams Lake area are located at Cataline, Marie Sharpe, Mountview, 150 Mile, Horsefly and Big Lake elementary schools.

• Sunday, Jan. 31, 10 to 2 p.m. Family Fest takes place in the Gibraltar Room.

This very popular community event wraps up the Family Literacy Week celebrations.  It’s free and it’s fun. There are lots of interactive booths, activities, and games.

It’s a wonderful way to spend a few hours playing together with your kids.

Literacy skills are important to all British Columbians – including children and families.

Families that engage in play-based literacy activities from an early age see positive effects on both children and parents/caregivers.

Research shows that children who get an early start are better prepared to enter school and do better academically and socially.

Visit our local Early Years Centre website to find out what else is happening during Family Literacy Week www.wlchild.ca.

Decoda Literacy Solutions also has a lot of family literacy resources, contests, and activity ideas at www.decoda.ca

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