Family Literacy Day takes place annually on January 27 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadians to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying a learning activity as a family every day. In 2011, Canadians will Play for Literacy! Playing games that encourage literacy and numeracy - such as board games, card games and word games - is a great way for parents and children to practice their literacy skills and have fun.
The Muskoka Lakes Public Library in Port Carling is celebrating the Play for Literacy theme all this week with special games and activities set up around the library. Come in and try Wii sports, challenge others to a game of Scrabble, go on a scavenger hunt for words hidden throughout the library, test your library know-how with word search and crossword puzzles, and on Thursday, the official Family Literacy Day, enjoy a hot cup of alphabet soup.
Thursday of this week also has artists and budding artists in the first of six available workshops presented by professional artist Nancy Gray Ogle. Nancy is offering workshops at an introductory level, suitable for both beginner and advanced students. This week students will discover the versatility of pastel painting while learning a variety of techniques. Other weeks will see students explore acrylic and watercolour painting, portraiture of people and pets, and drawing and shading. Each class is held on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 in the activity room of the Norma and Miller Alloway Muskoka Lakes Township Library in Port Carling. Participants can choose individual classes or the complete series of six at a cost of $30 per class. Contact Nancy at 705-764-0212 to register or for more information.
Thank you to those Milford Bay residents who took the time to fill in an hours of operation survey for the Milford Bay branch of the Muskoka Lakes Public Library. The results of the survey have brought about new hours for the branch commencing this week: Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm.
Keep abreast of all library events and notices through the website found at www.muskoka.com/library.