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.

Interested in local history?

If you’re interested in learning about Stirling-Rawdon’s history, check out our local history database, Stirling-Rawdon Past & Present, and follow us on our library Facebook page for Throwback Thursday posts every Thursday for fun little tidbits about Stirling’s history, like the following…


After nearly 100 years Train No. 93 made its last run from Belleville to Toronto via Stirling and Peterborough in 1962. At the height of the railway’s popularity in Stirling in the 1930s there were 4 passenger trains arriving each day, operating between Belleville and Lindsay. ~Stirling News Argus, February 6, 1962

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!