Maple Ridge Public Library. (THE NEWS – files)

Good Reads: Celebrate literacy at Maple Ridge library

Winter Fun Fair on Saturday, Jan. 25th

Singing, dancing, popcorn, a Storm Trooper, contests, arts activities and ukuleles – not what you expect to find at your local public library on a Saturday in January.

If this has you intrigued, come check out the Winter Fun Fair on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Co-hosted by Maple Ridge Public Library, the community literacy committee and School District No. 42 in celebration of Family Literacy Week, the Winter Fun Fair brings together a wide array of community agencies to celebrate literacy in all its forms.

Launched in 1999, Family Literacy Week is an annual national initiative hosted in communities across the country to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Central to this event in Maple Ridge is a community resource fair that takes the concept of literacy to the next level, highlighting traditional forms of literacy, as well as underappreciated one, such as physical literacy, health literacy, financial literacy and art literacy and the importance of community connections, in general, to help us all lead happy, healthy and well-rounded lives.

READ ALSO: Holidays at Maple Ridge library.

This year’s theme for Family Literacy Week 2020 is “Let’s Read Together!”

Stop by the school district office or community literacy committee tables for fun, literacy-focused games and to get tips on how to embrace reading as a family.

Enjoy performances by Showstoppers Academy from their upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast and join in the family dance party.

Visit activity stations hosted by a variety of community groups, including the ACT Arts Centre, ISSofBC, Family Education and Support, Fraser Health, WildSafeBC, Maple Ridge fire and rescue, Fraser River Indigenous Society and VanCity, just to name a few.

Fraser Valley Regional Library is also hosting a special Family Literacy Week contest Jan. 1-31. Each FVRL library will receive a set of two books to give away to their local customers: How to Read a Book, by Kwame Alexander, and Bad Dog, by Mike Boldt.

Enter in library or online to win.

• To learn more about the Winter Fun Fair and other Maple Ridge Public Library programs and services, come by, call us at 604-467-7417 or check out our website at


Liza Morris is a librarian at Maple Ridge Public Library.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Ridge Meadows Hospital executive director an “out-of-the-box” thinker

Rich Dillon brings years of valuable experience with Vancouver Coastal Health

Maple Ridge volunteers honoured for decades of service

Community Services held special ceremonies for volunteers John Work and Rodger White

LETTER: Horgan has gall wasting taxpayer money amid COVID

Senior upset by election call at a time when she can’t even afford her prescriptions

OUR VIEW: Election could well backfire on Horgan

Are voters angry enough to cast NDP out, after sending us to the polls in the middle of a pandemic?

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Father hopes journey to aviation-safety program inspires hope

Former South Surrey resident Greg Sewell hasn’t given up on quest to mandate older-plane retrofits

Most Read