January 16, 2012

Unplug and Play for Family Literacy

Kamloops, B.C. - The 2nd Annual Unplug and Play for Family Literacy will take place from January 22nd to 28th, 2012 in support of Family Literacy Day®, an annual initiative developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada to encourage parents and children to spend at least 15 minutes a day enjoying a learning activity.

Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative (KELLI) and Literacy in Kamloops (LINK), in partnership with the City of Kamloops, the Kamloops Daily News and many other organizations, are planning events that encourage families to build literacy by reconnecting and playing together. A schedule of these free events and activities will be published in a special insert in the Kamloops Daily News on January 21st. It includes free swimming, skating, dancing, story time, games night, literacy Lego, Mother Goose swim, and much more.

Included in the week will be the culmination of the 3rd Annual Heap the Honda Children's Book Drive. Residents can donate new or gently used children's books to the annual event by dropping them off at locations throughout the city including Kamloops Honda, Sahali Mall, or any Starbucks location. On Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at 6:30 pm, well-known speaker, author and the go-to expert on the impact of technology on child development, Cris Rowan, will give a free lecture at the Henry Grube Education Centre on "Raising Today's Children". It is about balancing healthy activities with technology use and ensuring a sustainable future for children of the new millennium. More information on Cris is available at www.zonein.ca.

The 6th Annual ABC Family Literacy Day in Kamloops will take place January 28th, 2012 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Henry Grube Education Centre. For more information on the day's events, visit www.facebook.com/ABCKamloops.

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Media Contact:
Fiona Clare
250-372-9373
fionaclare@shaw.ca

Merlene Sibley
250-374-4082
merlenesibley@shaw.ca