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Celebrate 'Family Literacy Day' with fun activities and events

In addition to some signature events, Stratford Public Library is inviting families to the library from Jan. 23-27 to take part in free activities including weaving, trivia, writing activities, games and, of course, the ever popular Scavenger Hunt
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Stratford Public Library is celebrating Family Literacy Day 2023 and inviting residents to family-friendly activities and events over the course of a week that highlight the importance of reading and learning.

“We know the important role that family literacy plays in developing a lifelong love of learning, so we are planning all kinds of engaging activities for families to do together to create stronger bonds, make shared memories, and of course, have lots of fun,” Trish MacGregor, PLOW & Children’s Program coordinator, said in a news release. “How awesome it is when families discover the excitement and joy of reading together!”

The theme of this year is 'Celebrate Your Heritage,' which encourages families to discover their family history, build a stronger sense of identity and strengthen social connections while improving literacy skills in a fun manner. 

Additionally, the Perth County Information Network (PCIN) is holding a special author reading with S.P. Joseph Lyons, an award-winning Anishinaabe Algonquin author who wrote the book Little Bear in Foster Care. Lyons writes stories based on his own experiences as an Indigenous child living in foster care and a survivor of the Sixties Scoop.

The reading takes place on Jan. 26 via Zoom and requires registration. 

The library also offers an outdoor story trail with Mem Fox’s picture book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.

Last but not least, families are invited to join the library between Jan. 23 and 27 to take part in free activities featuring weaving, trivia, writing activities, games and Scavenger Hunt.

For more information about Family Literacy Day, contact MacGregor at 519-271-0220, ext 140, or email at