Literacy events scheduled

Family Literacy Day observance goes on all week in South Okanagan and Similkameen

The fifth annual Family Literacy Day Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 26  at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre will offer a day of fun for families.

There will be information booths from many service agencies, activities for kids, stories and song, dance, music and more.   A free book will be given to every child from Raise a Reader, and there are some great prizes to be given away, says organizer Joan Chambers, Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Literacy Now South Okanagan Similkameen.

Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main stage entertainment with emcees Lisa McCall and Adam Lewis Schroeder will highlight performances by professionals and amateurs. Bubblee Bubblezz will be clowning around from noon to 2 p.m.

Everyone is invited to collect a stamp from each booth on a passport provided, then enter it into a draw for great prizes given throughout the day, donated by Cherry Lane merchants and participating organizations.Although the celebration is on Saturday, Jan. 26, Family Literacy Day is nationally recognized each year on Jan. 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and doing other literacy related activities as a family.

This year the theme is Unplug and Play and organizers have expanded to promote learning through the whole week, Jan. 21 to 27. For the complete list of events, go to