The Champlain Library is celebrating Family Literacy Day on January 27 to help raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative established by ABC Life Literacy Canada. ABC creates free learning and promotional resources for anyone who wants to get involved. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. Literacy is something that affects everyone.

This year’s theme is “Travel the World Together.” Use your imagination to go exploring and travel the world together as a family – you never know what you’ll learn! Plan your dream trip, learn about another culture and open your mind to the world. The Champlain Library is offering a free activity book which offers 10 ways to travel the world together such as going online to research a country, writing a postcard to a friend or family member and even researching your family’s history and culture to name a few. To obtain a copy of the free activity book visit the library’s website at or call 613-678-2216. For more information and resources on Family Literacy Day visit