Kid-Friendly Toronto: Celebrate Family Literacy Day

kid-friendly toronto family literacy day toronto public libraryFamily Literacy Day is coming up this month, on January 27, 2014. The initiative was created by Toronto-based ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999. The non-profit organization inspires Canadians of all ages to increase their literacy skills. Family Literacy Day has been embraced by groups across the country. This year’s theme is “15 Minutes of Fun”, because just 15 minutes of reading each day can make a big difference to a child’s development. One of the organizations celebrating Family Literacy Day is the Toronto Public Library. This month they’re putting on dozens of kid-friendly Toronto events all across the city to help families get reading together.

Kid-Friendly Toronto Fun in Honour of Family Literacy Day

To find a full listing of the Toronto Public Library’s events for kids and families, including Family Literacy Day, visit The first event is happening this afternoon, and activities continue all month long. Here is just a sampling of what’s in store:

Let’s Celebrate Family Literacy Day!

Monday, January 6, 2014, 4:00-5:00pm, College/Shaw
Enjoy stories and a literacy craft in honour of Family Literacy Day.

Celebrate Family Literacy Day

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 11:00-11:30am, Dufferin/St.Clair
The kid-friendly Toronto fun includes stories, songs and rhymes for kids with their parents and caregivers.

Family Literacy Day Puppet Show

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 10:00-11:00am, Parliament Street
Enjoy Applefun Puppetry’s presentation of “The Monkey Show”.

Family Games Day

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10:00am-2:00 pm, Burrows Hall
Enjoy lots of kid-friendly Toronto fun with board games, chess and more. You can also help colour a giant poster in honour of Family Literacy Day.

Family Literacy Day with Author Ruth Ohi

Monday, January 20, 2014, 1:30-2:30pm, Barbara Frum
Create your own picture book characters with author Ruth Ohi.

Family Literacy Day Bingo

Friday, January 24, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, Flemingdon Park
Who doesn’t love a good game of Bingo?

Forty-five minutes of FUN with the Funky Mamas

Saturday Jan 25, 2014, 11:00-11:45am, Parkdale
One of Canada’s best loved children’s bands, the Funky Mamas, is celebrating Family Literacy Day with lots of kid-friendly Toronto fun.

Scaredy Squirrel Maps the Library

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 2:00-4:45pm, Jones
Everyone’s favourite children’s literary character Scaredy Squirrel has created a special map of the library for you to use.

15 Minutes of Fun – Treasure Hunt

Saturday, January 25, 2014, All Day, Eatonville
Drop in anytime during the day to complete your hunt and see what treasures you can find at the library.

Fancy Pants Kids Dress-Up

Monday, January 27, 2014, 6:30-7:30pm, Malvern
What kid doesn’t love to play dress-up? Head to the library and dress up as one of your favourite children’s book characters. You’ll also hear stories, learn about great books and participate in a costume parade. This event is open to all ages, and no registration is required.

Reading a great book with your children is fun any day of the year. Why not kick things up a notch for Family Literacy Day, though? With so many events to choose from, you’re not only cultivating a love of reading, you’re finding many answers for affordable kid-friendly Toronto winter activities. What’s not to love about that?

Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at

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