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Friday, 31 January 2014 09:43

Medicine Hat College marks Jan. 27 Literacy Day

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Jan. 27 was Family Literacy Day in Canada and the Medicine Hat College Library was able to help celebrate and promote the day.

Youngsters from the College’s child care centre were read to by the college’s library staff Chelsey Reid (library services specialist)  and Terry Lagran (acquisitions/ information technician) in the southwest corner of the college’s Vera Bracken Library. The College Child Development Centre (CCDC) is a non-profit child care centre operated by the College Child Care Society of Medicine Hat.
Keith Walker, director of library services at the Medicine Hat College, says the organization ABC Life created Family Literacy Day in Canada in 1999 as a way to help encourage families to read together.
The adults in the family can help facilitate reading and good literacy amongst children at an early age. He says countless studies show the importance of parents and grandparents reading to children so as to get children interested in books, reading and ultimately positive learning habits from the time they are infants and toddlers.
“In the past and this year, we have put up book displays and we have one today, promoting family literacy,” explains Walker.
Walker adds the College helps promote literacy amongst families in other ways.
“The College offers a number of courses which involve children's literacy within early childhood development realm,” explains Walker and adds the college also has literacy-related programs in the child care centre and English as Second Language courses.

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