Literacy Matters Abbotsford

Team Trivia Challenge – Raise-a-Reader fund raiser

Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed an evening of trivia while raising funds for literacy programs in Abbotsford. We are grateful for your generosity and slightly awed by your intelligence (seriously - those questions were HARD). The monies raised will support our "Reading Buddies" and "Story walk" programs.

Thank you also to Dustin and the staff at the Highwayman Pub. You not only provided us an excellent venue for our evening, but the food was really good and the service great AND - your donations to our raffle were very generous.

Thank you also to our other sponsors - Starbuck's (7 Oaks Shopping Mall); The Bookman; Hand in Hand Childcare centers; Archway Community Services; Fraser Valley Regional Library; the Old Spaghetti Factory; Cactus Club; Indigo; Connie Friesen; Karla Hiltermann;


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 Municipal Affairs (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

Story Walks continue at Ellwood Park (near the baseball diamonds) until Thanksgiving only. We look forward to seeing you again next spring once the weather is nicer again.

Reading Buddies Program 2022 - 23

This year's program will run from October 2022 to April 2023 with appropriate breaks for Christmas and Spring Break.

Reading Buddies is a program for children in grades 1 - 5 who need some support with their reading. The Little Buddies are matched with a Big Buddy, a teen or adult, and they meet once a week. The one 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 program focuses on issues of interest 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, University of the Fraser Valley, and Archway Community Services to provide information on the Abbotsford community.

If you have a particular topic that may be of interest to others in the community, please contact

Read What You Love Community Reading Challenge 2023

Literacy Matters Abbotsford's annual Community Literacy Challenge, “Read What You Love” will run again starting in late January 2023. It follows "Family Literacy Day" (January 23, 2023). You don't have to wait until January to "Read What You LOVE"; crack open a book, read a recipe, sit down with a newspaper. Read what you love!

We look forward to you joining us again next year.

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

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.