Prairie Parent Link and McLennan Library collaborate on literacy event

05 TH NationalLiteracyDay4(FOUR-COLUMN)Page 16Parents and their children up to five years old enjoying the Prairie Parent Link and McLennan Municipal Library Teddy Bears Picnic event, celebrating National Family Literacy Day


Tom Henihan
Express Staff

To mark National Family Literacy Day, on January 27, Prairie Parent Link and the McLennan Library hosted a Teddy Bears Picnic.
Family Literacy Day, created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, is held annually on January 27 to emphasize the importance of families engaging in activities that encourage and nurture literacy.
“To celebrate National Literacy Day, we partnered with the library to put on something for this area. We called it A Teddy Bears Picnic for children aged zero to 5 years old,” says Pam Sware, Prairie Parent Link ECD program facilitator for the Girouxville to Sunset House area.
“The activities we have today are all literacy based, whether it is numerical literacy or children’s literature.”
Prairie Parent Link Centre, based in High Prairie and affiliated with the Children’s Resource Council offers programing for parents and their children from infancy to five years of age.
It provides services in the principal five areas of children’s development plus parenting and family support.
Prairie Link has programming in High Prairie and the municipals districts of Big Lakes and Smoky River.
The Parents and Tots program, now running for almost a year, has garnered a lot of interest from young parents in the region with the numbers steadily growing.
“In the last quarter, from September to December I have had 127 new clients in my area between Sunset House and Girouxville,” says Sware.
“We keep things happening and along with the regular program that meets every two weeks, we try to hit all the important days.
We’ve had a Welcome Baby Book Bag event, Christmas parties, and on National Day of the Child, I did something at Routhier School.”
Approximately 20 parents and kids attended the National Literacy Day event at the McLennan Library.
Food and refreshments were served and a variety of age appropriate resources and activities were available for parents and children to interact.
All activities during the hour long, January 27 event, focused on promoting literacy.

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