News release

Families Celebrate Life-long Learning

The importance of reading and learning as a family are being celebrated this Family Literacy Day.

Brendan Maguire, MLA for Halifax Atlantic, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis, joined community partners and families at an event today, Jan. 27, at the Halifax Central Library, during their Baby and Tots program.

“Parents and guardians are a child’s first teacher,” said Mr. Maguire. “From an early age and throughout our lives, taking the time to encourage learning as a family is important. Literacy and learning open doors and create opportunities in our communities for people of all ages.”

Over the past year, Nova Scotian families participated in 16 literacy programs supported by the province. The programs feature special theme workshops, information sessions and learning circles offered by community-based literacy organizations.


Halifax Public Libraries’ early literacy programming is focused on getting families talking, singing, telling stories and playing. These activities build social connections, encourage exploration and get children ready for reading. We are so proud of the joyful learning that happens every day in our library spaces. Hannah Coville, manager of Programming and Community Engagement for Halifax Central Library

Quick Facts:

  • this year marks Nova Scotia’s 21st Family Literacy Day
  • Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, a non-profit organization committed to increasing literacy skills of Canadians
  • almost 1,400 parents, caregivers and children have participated in family literacy programs funded by the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning in the past year

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