Fraser Valley libraries offer new early-literacy program

1,000 Stories Before Kindergarten launched in celebration of Family Literacy Day

Clearbrook Library in Abbotsford is among the Fraser Valley Regional Library locations participating in a new early-literacy program called 1

Clearbrook Library in Abbotsford is among the Fraser Valley Regional Library locations participating in a new early-literacy program called 1

The Fraser Valley Regional Library celebrated Family Literacy Day in Canada on Jan. 27 with the launch of a new literacy program.

The new initiative is called 1,000 Stories Before Kindergarten for families with preschoolers. Children can register for the free program by visiting any FVRL location.

FVRL’s earlyliteracy program encourages families to share 1,000 stories with their preschooler before they enter kindergarten.

Registered preschoolers receive a free keepsake reading log to track the stories they hear. The illustrated log offers parents helpful tips on how to read, write, talk, sing and play with their child. All stories are eligible, whether read at home, preschool, daycare or even library storytimes.

A sticker is awarded to the child for every 50 stories. Completing a log can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on how often parent and child read together.

Literacy events for all ages happen throughout the year at FVRL. Search for events by visiting fvrl.ca and clicking on the events tab.