What is cultural literacy?

Cultural literacy means being able to understand the traditions, regular activities and history of a group of people from a given culture.
It also means being able to engage with these traditions, activities and history in cultural spaces like museums, galleries and performances.
Culture is how a group of people lives. It includes their language, arts, science, beliefs and practices, and their understanding of their environment.
Being culturally literate can help you understand, relate to and interact with people from diverse backgrounds that may be very different from your own. It can be especially important to be culturally literate if you are part of the dominant culture. Seeing, hearing and learning about how other people live can make you more culturally sensitive and aware. Learning about different cultures can open your mind to different ways of life.

What is Digital Literacy?

Digital literacy is having the knowledge, skills and confidence to keep up with changes in technology.
Computers are increasingly part of everyday life. They’ve changed how we do things, and they’re going to keep changing how we do things.
To keep up, we need to keep learning so that we can continue to thrive at home, at work and in the community.
Being digitally literate means being able to adapt to the changes brought about by computers in ways that make sense to your life.

What is Life Literacy?

Life literacy signals the importance of lifelong and life-wide literacy and learning. It’s the literacy skills you need to live your life full and the new skills you need to acquire throughout your life.
Workplace, family and community are important areas in your life where developing your essential skills can result in a more productive and more successful life experience.
Having adequate literacy skills means being able to understand, evaluate, use and engage with written texts. It also means being able to participate in society, achieve your goals, and develop your knowledge and potential.
Research shows that adults who have inadequate literacy skills are more likely to have poorer overall health, lower salaries, and lower levels of participation in their community.

What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy focusses on parents, grandparents and other family members to improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family.
By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills.
Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning.
Without adult support and a strong foundation at home, a child is less likely to be successful and engaged in school.

Family Literacy Day 2021

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since we aren’t able to do an in-person event this year at the library we thought we would share some literacy tips throughout the month of January. Literacy is important at any age so we’ve included tips for Parents, children, toddlers and teens!