Celebrate Family Literacy Week at Burnaby Public Library

Love to read? Have a young reader in the house?

The Burnaby Public Library is celebrating Family Literacy Week with a number of events for all ages.

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On Sunday, Jan. 27, the McGill branch (4595 Albert St.) hosts a traditional storytelling session for the whole family, running from 2 to 3 p.m. People of all ages are invited to gather around for an hour of oral storytelling. No registration needed, but space is limited, so arrive early. Caregivers must attend with children. Call 604-299-8955 for information.

Coming up on Monday, Jan. 28, the Tommy Douglas branch (7311 Kingsway) is offering a MakerSpace session called Bookish Crafts. Children aged five to 12 can make mini books, bookmarks and storytelling dice – the dice can be used to help them imagine stories to write in their new book. It’s a drop-in program, and you don’t need to sign up ahead, but please arrive by 2:30 for the session, which runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Children under 10 need to bring an adult who will participate. For information, call 604-522-3971.

Beyond Family Literacy Week, the library also offers ongoing programs designed to help encourage reading. A new session of Reading Buddies is coming up at the McGill branch, running Tuesdays from Feb. 12 to March 12. The sessions, which run from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. each day, pair up teens with children in grades 2, 3 or 4 for five sessions of reading practice. It’s free, but space is limited, so sign up early. Registration opens Tuesday, Jan. 12. Call 604-297-4599 for information.

You can find more about all library events at www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

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