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Family Literacy Day program includes downward dog and reading to a dog

Therapy dogs, yoga, and literacy lessons on the schedule for Family Literacy Day at Collingwood Public Library
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Photo provided by the Collingwood Public Library.

Family Literacy Day takes place every year on Jan. 27 to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in literacy activities as a family. This year, Collingwood Public Library is pleased to present a variety of literacy activities from 4 to 6pm, designed for families with kids aged 3 to 12.

The event consists of stations that kids and their families can work through or focus on that will enhance and improve literacy. Two features of this year’s Literacy Day event include reading with a therapy dog (everyone loves dogs!) and yoga (courtesy of Yoga Journey) to support mental/emotional health and social connection for all.

Three literacy areas are addressed during the event in the following ways:

Numeracy includes a DIY trail mix station where kids read the recipe and use measuring spoons to make their own mix (nut free), plus addition dominoes, bead sequencing and pattern blocks.

Traditional literacy stations include a giant word search, ABC sign language resources, and reading with a therapy dog, provided in partnership with the Georgian Triangle Humane Society.

Play component includes magnetic building tiles called Feltro and a marble maze that helps children practice their engineering thinking, coordination, creativity, spatial imagination ability and more.

An added bonus to the Family Literacy event is tons of book giveaways and goodies bags!

“Family Literacy Day is a national event and we are thrilled to officially be taking part this year. Literacy skills are an essential building block for school readiness and future success, but it is about more than just reading. We are engaging in literacy when we grocery shop, when we use electronic devices, when we play – literacy is truly everywhere,” says Ashley Kulchycki, supervisor of children and teen services for Collingwood Public Library.