2019 is the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day in Canada, and the Timmins Learning Centre has an afternoon of fun activities to celebrate it this Saturday.

Executive director Michelle Goulet says there will be story time, food demonstrations and recipes, and games, to name some of the activities.  Goulet says that literacy is not only reading the written word.

“It’s about numeracy and math skills,” she says, beginning a list. “ It’s about writing and communication and language, learning digital technology as well.  So whenever we’re doing a recipe for example, we’re having to read, we’re having to communicate, we’re having to use numbers to be able to measure different things.”

Photo credit: Bob McIntyre, Moose FM

Of course, she agrees that reading to- and with your children is an important facet of encouraging literacy.

“I think having that bonding time and instilling a love for learning is really important. However, it is that that you do that whether it is cooking, whether it is reading or writing or teaching them a different language.”

 The Family Literacy Day event is on between 12:00 and 3:00pm Saturday, upstairs at the Learning Centre at 208 Third Avenue.