10 Ways to Support Literacy in Your Community

Excited about supporting literacy in your community, but unsure where to start? Check out these 10 things to support literacy in your community!

This list was created by the Literacy Champions Network: a group of literacy organizations from across the country. collaborate on initiatives, share resources, and leverage their collective expertise to make a lasting impact in promoting literacy from coast to coast to coast. Learn more about us by clicking here!

1. Donate to Literacy Charities: Consider making financial contributions to literacy-focused nonprofits, community centres or schools. Your donations can help provide books, educational resources, and support literacy programs.

2. Volunteer as a Tutor or Mentor: You can share your skills and knowledge with others who need help with reading, writing, numeracy or digital literacy. There are many opportunities to volunteer with local literacy groups, libraries, schools or community centres.

3. Advocate for Literacy Policies and Funding: Raise awareness about the importance of literacy by sharing information on social media, organizing community discussions, or writing to local representatives to advocate for increased support and funding for literacy initiatives.

4. Read with Your Children or Other Family Members: Reading for fun can have many benefits for children and adults, such as improving imagination, focus, and relaxation. You can encourage a love of reading by sharing books with your children or relatives. You can also join a family literacy program or a book club to connect with other readers.

5. Cultivate a mindset of self-improvement and lifelong learning: You can set goals for acquiring new skills and knowledge by engaging in activities such as online courses, workshops, and seminars. You can also share your learning journey with others through blog posts, videos, or presentations to inspire them to embrace lifelong learning.

6. Celebrate Literacy Events: You can join national and international celebrations of literacy by participating in events and initiatives that promote lifelong learning. For example, you can celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27th, World Book Day on April 23rd, Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st, or International Literacy Day on September 8th. Celebrate with us in 2024 for our LCNB Literacy Dinner and Auction!

7. Support Local Authors and Publishers: You can support Canadian literacy by buying, reading, reviewing, and sharing books by local authors and publishers. You can also attend book launches, readings or festivals that showcase Canadian talent and diversity.

8. Create Literacy-friendly Environments: You can make your home, workplace or community more conducive to literacy and learning by providing access to books, magazines, newspapers or other educational materials. You can also help create spaces where people can read, write, and discuss ideas comfortably and without distractions.

9. Promote Community Literacy: Acknowledge and support the unique literacy needs of Canada’s diverse cultural communities. Discover authors, storytellers, and literacy programs that are dedicated to sharing and preserving the many languages and cultures in our communities.

10. Recognize and Appreciate Literacy Champions: You can acknowledge and appreciate the people who have made a difference in your literacy journey or in the lives of others. You can thank them personally, write them a note, give them a gift or nominate them for an award. You can also celebrate their successes and support their efforts – such as our Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards, taking place on October 3rd.