Michele Thorlakson worked to produce different pieces of literature at Family Literacy Day

Michele Thorlakson worked to produce different pieces of literature at Family Literacy Day

Learning the old fashioned way

The Fernie Heritage Library hosted Family Literacy Day, with over 75 children and their parents, for a day of language appreciation.

The Fernie Heritage Library hosted Family Literacy Day, with over 75 children and their parents, for a day of language appreciation.

Many tactile, hands-on activities took place at the library on Friday, to help youth take an interest in literature.

Alphabet soup, pancake letters and play dough sparked the interest of the young ones.

For the older kids, an assortment of questions could be chosen and put together into a book. Some questions included, “What do you have in common with your grandfather?” Another option was to make questions for your grandfather or grandmother, and let them complete the book for you.

Family literacy event was put in place to “help families connect better, through different kinds of languages. I’m a firm believer that language comes all sorts of ways, in music, in math and in stories,” said Anie Hepher, Fernie Heritage Library community programmer.

“We try to make it fun and more interactive, and of course promote families coming in,” she added.

75 children and their parents showed up in the morning, and the afternoon sessions saw around 30.

“We wrote a letter on a typewriter and that was super fun,” said Chloe Thorlakson, mother of two children attending. “We got to make little books to ask questions to grandparents to find out what their childhood was like, which will be very fun to see what they answer.”

“I think it opens up a whole new world when they can read books, explore different things and learn about new things,” said Hepher.