Celebrate Family Literacy Day with the Ottawa Public Library

January 22, 2024

Family Literacy Day, on Saturday, January 27, is a fixture in the calendar year at Ottawa Public Library (OPL) ever since its creation by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999. This year's theme, "Let’s have a family party," invites families to dive into a world where stories come alive and the whole family can have fun building essential early literacy skills. 

Dive into Imagination with Rob Justus

Embark on a magical journey with Rob Justus and meet this fascinating local author on Saturday, January 27! Join with friends, neighbours, and other families for the exciting launch of Rob’s latest graphic novel 'Death and Sparkles 2: The Sacred Golden Cupcake.' This in-person event is perfect for kids aged 8-12. Some participants will go home with a signed copy of the new book! Rob will lead participants in drawing workshops that will fire up the imagination and stoke a love of books and learning.  

Rob will hold this interactive workshop at three OPL branches, so register soon as they fill up quickly. Details and registration on the OPL website: 

The enchantment continues with  engaging storytelling using story cubes. Rory’s Story Cubes is a game that spurs on storytelling in a fun way that family and friends will enjoy together. Join in this group activity at an OPL branch near you on Family Literacy Day. Virtually, Barbara Reid, celebrated author, illustrator and plasticene artist, will lead a virtual workshop on creating whole words and stories out of clay!   This isn't just an event; it's a celebration of shared stories, ignited imaginations, and unleashed creativity. Strengthen bonds, create, explore, and revel in the joy of learning together. Check which clay creation events are happening at which OPL branch and join in the fun and creativity! 

Clay Creations with Barbara Reid

Celebrate Family Literacy Day 2024 with Honorary Chair Barbara Reid (virtual presenter)! Barbara will be doing a demonstration on how to use clay to create a picture. She will share unique techniques you can use to make different things. The event is pre-recorded and will be viewed in branch as we follow along to create our own works of art using clay. 

Registration required. Please register your child/children only. Parents are welcome to attend with their child/children. Ages 6-12.

Saturday, January 27th at 10:30 AM.

Additional Programs

Visit the Ottawa Public Library website to learn more about the other programs happening throughout the city.