Richmond business hosts book reading for Family Literacy Week

McDonald’s on No. 3 Road and Granville Avenue is hosting a live book reading as part of Family Literacy Week on Wednesday afternoon. Canadian author Louise Bradford will be reading Wade’s Wiggly Antlers on Jan. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m.

With “Let’s Read Together” as the theme for this year’s Family Literacy Week, the franchise is hosting a series of events in 10 cities – one per province – across Canada by having local Canadian authors perform live readings of one of their children’s books during family nights.

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Children who attend the event will be given a free copy of the book to take home.

The event showcases McDonald’s “ongoing commitment to literacy in Canada” and with their partnership with First Book Canada, a total of 400 books will be donated in every province – 300 to local community centres and 100 to select Mcdonald’s restaurants, according to a release about the event.

The Richmond Public Library (RPL) is also sharing 20 literacy activitiesthat families can try at home or at any library branch.

Kate Adams, head of children and family services at the RPL, said that “every day is literacy day” and the library’s goal is to “promote literacy and encourage a lifelong love of reading.”

“Literacy is about more than just reading. It can be interpreting street signs, following a recipe to make dinner, looking at pictures and then talking about them together,” said Adams in an email to the Richmond News.

“Twenty minutes of literacy-based activities can have a huge impact on a child’s love and enjoyment of reading.”

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