Literacy Matters Abbotsford


Literacy Matters Abbotsford is Abbotsford’s community literacy network. This is a membership of many organizations and programs including the Fraser Valley Regional Library, Abbotsford Community Services, University of the Fraser Valley, and Abbotsford School District to name a few. Literacy Matters Abbotsford is funded by Decoda, through the Ministry of Education (see Decoda for more information). The goal of Literacy Matters Abbotsford is to connect literacy services to individuals; to connect services to each other; and to address the literacy gaps in Abbotsford.

Story Walks

The story walk, Semá:th X̱ó:tsa: Sts’ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa/Sumas Lake: Great-Gramma’s Lake, is now posted at McDonald Park for the summer. Please be sure to take advantage of the historical account of the draining of Sumas Lake while enjoying this beautiful setting.

Another walk has been placed at Semá:th First Nation.The walks at Ellwood and Mill Lake Parks will resume in the fall.

Click here to see the photos of this project.

Reading Buddies Program 2021 -22

This year's program will run from October 2021 - April 2022. It will be a virtual program on Zoom until the libraries are able to host face to face programs..

Reading Buddies is for children in grades 1 - 4 who need some practice with their reading. The Little Buddies are matched with a Big Buddy, a teen or adult, and they meet once a week. The goal of the program is to foster a love of reading.

If you are interested in having your child participate as a Little Buddy please click here for the application package.

If you are a teen, age 15 years or older, and wish to volunteer for this program as a Big Buddy please click here for the application package.

If you are an adult and would like to volunteer for this program as a Big Buddy please click here for the application package. Note that a current criminal record clearance letter will be required.

For more information email Monique Bond, Reading Buddies Coordinator:

Learn About Series

This is our 3rd year of running a series for current residents of Abbotsford, people new to Abbotsford and people new to Canada.

In the past we have partnered with Clearbrook Library, City of Abbotsford, Fraser Health and Archway Community Services to provide information on the Abbotsford community. .

May 26 there will be a session on Food Security and Farming in the City. Marina Gibson, Manager of Archway Urban Farm, Archway Community Services will share information on this topic - and answer gardening questions as time allows. This will be held from 6:30 - 8 pm, via Zoom, Click here to see the poster.

Please email to preregister for this free session: and you will then be emailed the link for this online session.

Read What You Love Community Reading Challenge 2021

Literacy Matters Abbotsford held their annual Community Literacy Challenge, “Read What You Love” from January 31 – February 20, 2021. Over 350 participants entered the challenge.

Thank you to our sponsors –

  • Clearbrook Library

  • The Bookman, Abbotsford

  • Abby Community School

  • First Books

  • Hand in Hand Children’s Society

  • CORE, Abbotsford School District

  • Starbucks Seven Oaks

Be sure to join us next year for our 11th Annual kick off breakfast January 29, 2022! Plan on entering the reading challenge too.

If you have questions about this event, if you have prizes to donate, or you are interested in volunteering to promote literacy in Abbotsford please contact Sharon Crowley, Abbotsford Literacy Outreach Coordinator,

APALS - Aboriginal Parents as Literacy Supporters

This program is for families with children ages birth to 6 years. The evening starts with a shared meal; a story time with an Elder; and a chance to create a craft and explore games. There is also a short session for parents on how to support their child's growth in literacy.

This program will start up again hopefully in the fall. Please contact for more information.

Fortis Book Contest

Due to COVID 19 the Fortis book contest has been cancelled. We look forward to resuming this contest in 2021. .

The winners from 2019's contest are Sarah and Elizabeth Bigler. Please click here to see a photo of them at the Kiwanis Literacy Celebration 2019.

Indigenous Day Celebration 2020

The celebration was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.