The Government of Saskatchewan has marked January 27 as Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan.
The day is a national initiative to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in family literacy activities. Librarian at the Lloydminster Public Library Michele Duczek says reading is part of everyday life.
“When you start young like reading to your children you give them the idea that reading is something that’s normal and natural and in many cases fun.”
Alberta is also taking notice of reading by participating in the third annual read for 15 challenge. Duczek says that this is part of Family Literacy Day and libraries across the province are participating.
“People read anything or read to their kids for fifteen minutes and the let us know because we’re trying to be the readingest community in Alberta.”
According to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada is ranked in the top 5 in average reading performance.