Orangeville Public Library celebrates Family Literacy Day

January 27, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Orangeville Public Library will celebrate Family Literacy Day with special guests on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Alder Street branch of the Library.

The library will welcome special guests Mary Scattergood and Jennifer Cuthbert.

“The library is delighted to once again participate in this national program,” said Darla Fraser, chief executive officer. “Just fifteen minutes a day can dramatically improve a child’s literacy skills. From reading the shopping list, to creating a story together while doing the dishes, to playing a board game, learning can be a part of your daily routine.”

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and is held annually to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. This year’s Family Literacy Day theme is ‘celebrate your heritage.’

An activity book with tips and activities to explore and learn about your heritage and culture as a family will be available at the library.

Activities get started at 10:00 a.m. with local author and artist, Mary Scattergood.

This event is for all ages. Ms. Scattergood will read from the stories she has written and illustrated. Ms. Scattergood has produced three ‘There Are Fairies’ books, and two books about Pierre, a boy living in Quebec. Her illustrations allow you to peek into her childhood as her fairies are inspired by memories of her grandmother’s garden in England.

At 11:00 a.m., Jennifer Cuthbert, creator of the Adventures of Lollipop comics, will host a cartoon workshop. Ms. Cuthbert started drawing her Lollipop and friends’ characters when she was nine years old.

Participants will learn helpful tips for creating their own comic strips, including text features and a step-by-step character drawing lesson.

Both special events are drop-in programs.

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