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January 24, 2017 8:43 AM

Lloydminster readers looking to set record

National Family Literacy Day is almost upon us, and the Lloydminster Learning Council has a packed agenda this week to promote the spirit of reading and writing.
This year Jack Kemp Community School asked the Learning Council to team up for some activities, starting with a proclamation to be signed by Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers, followed by having families sign up to read a book together.
It was a success—more than 120 families signed up for the event, which takes place Thursday at 6 p.m. and will run for roughly two hours.
“We’ll have supper then we’re going to have a local author, Ann Campbell, read her book; I think it’s a surprise,” said Darlene MacDonald, executive director of the Learning Council.
“The mayor is also going to read and sign the proclamation, then the mayor is going to read a short story to the families also, then the Learning Council is going to supply many door prizes to the families that attend.”
The Learning Council is also having a literacy celebration with The Olive Tree’s Moms’ Group tonight, which will include supper and a presentation to the moms,  regarding the council’s literacy programs.
The presentation will provide moms a synopsis of what these programs look like, followed by some fun literacy activities involving fun with numbers, board games, card games and some dice games to work on numeracy skills.
Then, lastly, on Friday, the Learning Council was asked by the Lloydminster Public Library for a 15 minute reading challenge, which last year saw thousands of Lloydminsterites participate.
“People read for 15 minutes, then they called the library and let the library know that they did that—2,500 people called into the library or the Learning Council, to say they had read for the 15 minutes,” MacDonald said.
“So this year, same thing, but they’ll call in directly to the public library: they can tweet, they can go on Facebook to the public library, they can go onto the website, or email, or phone the library, whichever way is easiest for them.”
MacDonald said the council hopes to beat last year’s numbers and establish Lloydminster as the community with the greatest amount of readers this year.
“So hopefully we can get some bragging rights as the Alberta community with the greatest amount of readers this year; we want to up that 2,500 number,” she said.
Family Literacy Day was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, according to its website, in order to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

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