Hundreds of families joined Surrey Libraries at Surrey Kids Read on Saturday January 20th at the Guildford Town Centre to celebrate Family Literacy Day. There were gifts, magic, and rock ’n roll for all the participants. The first 200 families to arrive at the event also received a free copy of the children’s book, The Reading Tree.
On behalf of the Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society, Acting Mayor, Councilor Dave Woods presented Surrey Libraries Board Chair, Karen Reid Sidhu, a cheque for $5,000 towards the Read to Baby Program. Read to Baby is a family literacy initiative that introduces parents of newborns to the benefits of early and frequent reading to infants.
There was magic in the air with Norden the Magician and Silly Suzie working her storytelling magic. Children made buttons and high-fived Walter, Surrey Library’s mascot. The audience also got to jam out with children’s rock ‘n roll performer, Tony Prophet.
Surrey Kids Read featured a number of community organizations including: Surrey Schools Strong Start, Options Community Services Society, the Surrey Nature Centre, the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA), and Surrey Community Recreation Services. All of these partners provided fun learning activities for the children at the event.
Family Literacy Day is a national initiative involving annual literacy-related events and activities held on or around January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of literacy.
Surrey Kids Read is one of many programs and events hosted by the Surrey Library in support of literacy.