For Children

Story Walks

We have reimagined our Story Walk Program and are now offering "Story Walk Live". In partnership with Abbotsford Children's Theatre (ACT) we can come to a one day event and provide both a static display for community members to read the story at their own pace and a more dramatic and engaging presentation of the story as narrators from ACT read the story out loud and in dramatic and engaging ways.

OR we can come to your school and work with a group of upper elementary students and their teacher and coach them in public speaking and dramatic reading so they can share the stories with younger classes and become 'literacy ambassadors'.

Reading Buddies Program

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 complete the application by clicking on the following link: Reading Little Buddies - Kids Application 2023-24 

If you are a teen, age 15 years or older, and wish to volunteer for this program as a Big Buddy, please complete the application by clicking on the following link: Reading Big Buddies - Student Application 2023-24

If you are an adult and would like to volunteer for this program as a Big Buddy, please complete the application by clicking on the following link: Reading Big Buddies - Adult Application 2023-24

Note that a current criminal record clearance letter will be required.

Please follow us on Instagram and reach out to our Reading Buddies Program Coordinator:

Monique Bond, Coordinator

For Youth

Currently, we are not running any programs for Youth.

Kathy, Literacy Outreach Coordinator, Abbotsford

For Adults

We support a variety of literacy programs for adults.

Please read the details on each program below.

Access2English Program (Formerly CALL Program)

Free one on one and small group tutoring available to upgrade reading, writing, English language, basic computer, and basic math skills for adults.

Also, available formal classes taught by professional instructors for some immigration statuses.

(604) 217-5841 for Appointments

(604) 768-6277 for General Inquiries

Abbotsford Community Services: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Free ESL classes (CLB 1-CLB 8) for newcomers to Canada.

Classes are offered morning and evening in Abbotsford and a morning class in Mission. 

On-site child minding is available for morning classes at some locations.

(604) 859-7681 Local 216

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

For learners who need English language upgrading to take college or university courses or to enter job or career training programs.

For more information, please go to:

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program

Courses offered to help adults:

For more information, please go to:

New Beginnings Young Parent Program

This is a coordinated effort of Abbotsford Community Services and the Abbotsford School District. We provide grade 12 education and upgrading for young parents in the Abbotsford area. The program includes classroom, childcare and support services for parents.

(604) 850-7303

Upgrading and University Preparation (UUP) Department

The Upgrading and University Preparation (UUP) Department at UFV provides programming for adults of all backgrounds and ages in an adult environment. Students do not have to pay tuition fees for UUP courses.

(604) 854-4597

Victory ESL

Victory ESL is an English language school that offers English language classes for visitors, students, workers, immigrants and citizens. 

It also offers IELTS testing.

(604) 755-7976

For Seniors

The Book Bags - Community Book Sharing Service

We are a Fraser Valley group of community spirited individuals with a powerful love of books.  Would you like free books, magazines, and or puzzles delivered to your door once a month? Our free service will provide an opportunity to read or enjoy puzzles without having to leave the comfort and safety of your home.

(778) 856-8970

For Everyone

Ray and Millie Silver Aboriginal Library

The library consists of Aboriginal content, fiction and non-fiction. It is open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Community Aboriginal Centre, 3277 Gladwin Road

Fraser Valley Regional Library

Fraser Valley Regional Library offers many programs for children, youth, adults, families, and seniors.

You can browse their list of programs here.

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

Year to Prepare - Emergency Preparedness

Join us on June 12th for Emergency Preparedness with Kelly Pater, Emergency Preparedness Advisor and Abbotsford Fire and Rescue Service.

Come and hear the easy steps your can take to ensure you are prepared for any emergency.

June 12, 2024 at the MCA (32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford 1st Floor Auditorium) starting at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (doors open 9:30 a.m.).

Topics of discussion will include:

- know the hazards

- develop your plan

- 'grab-and-go' bag

- extreme weather preparedness and so much more!

To register please email:

Annual Events

Abbotsford Family Literacy Day 2024

Let's have a family party! Join us for a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at UFV Clearbrook Centre followed by Norden the Magician at 11:15 a.m. at the Clearbrook Library, meanwhile, collage postcards with artist, Manisha Ramlu is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reach Gallery Museum. At 1 p.m. ACT will host a live storywalk at Clearbrook Library.

Enjoy free crafts, treats and prizes. There will be activities for all - kids, teens and adults!

We look forward to seeing you and your family!

Read What You Love Challenge

Join the Annual Community Reading Challenge every January by tracking your daily reading and you could win a prize! More details below.  Please download or print your Reading Log for the challenge by clicking here.