Literacy Matters Abbotsford


Customers and Staff

Thank you to all the staff and customers at Starbucks. The Christmas book drive was wonderfully successful. We look forward to sharing the 290 books with children and youth in our community.

Literacy Matters Abbotsford is grateful for the ongoing support of both local businesses like Starbucks and members of our community. Thank you and all the best to you and yours in 2023.

Family Literacy Day (Jan 28, 2023)


Community Reading Challenge (Jan 29 – Feb 18, 2023)

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held on January 28 to highlight the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even reading just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically and can help parents improve their skills as well.

In celebration of Family Literacy Day, Literacy Matters Abbotsford is holding their annual Community Literacy Challenge, “Read What You Love”. It will run from January 29– February 18, 2023. Reading logs are available for pick up at either Clearbrook or Abbotsford library. All you need to do is read for 15 minutes each day. The reading challenge is open to all ages! Once your log is complete, please return it to either Clearbrook or Abbotsford library or email it to by February 25th to be entered to win prizes.

Click here to download the "Reading Log"

Be sure to celebrate Family Literacy Day at Clearbrook Library and The Reach Museum! Visit the Community Booths at each venue, take part in crafts, and be sure to complete the passport challenge for the chance to win a prize! Our theme this year is “Celebrate your Heritage”. Then keep the reading going as you “Read What You Love”.

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 the Abbotsford Literacy Outreach Coordinator (


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

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.

For more information on this program, please contact for more information.