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In Chase, Family Literacy Week is from Jan. 22 to 28. To celebrate, events have been planned, with no admission charge.

Each of us takes a unique path in our accumulation of knowledge. With many options available to practice literacy, the potential for personal growth is apparent. We learn more when we’re having fun too.

I recently spoke with Annette Cosens (half of Kissing Cosens) about karaoke and literacy. Cosens is an entertainer, musician, writer and karaoke DJ. She, with partner Calvin (other half of Kissing Cosens), produces the karaoke shows at the Silver Fox Pub in Chase, usually Friday evenings. Cosens said patrons practise literacy through reading the lyrics off the monitor.

Once upon a time, I was a karaoke junkie. It helped me learn to use a microphone and gain confidence in front of a crowd, in addition to practicing literacy, which I took for granted. It is difficult for me to imagine my life without the ability to read.

According to Literacy Outreach Co-ordinator Barbara Maher in Chase, Family Literacy Week is from Jan. 22 to 28. To celebrate literacy, events have been planned, with no admission charge.

Maher says, “Family literacy programs focus on parents as the means to improve the reading and writing skills of all family members. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities, parents are actively keeping their own skills sharp while at the same time strengthening the relationship between the family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning. There are many ways to strengthen your family’s literacy skills all it takes is practicing for 15 minutes every day by reading, writing, playing a game, following a recipe or even singing a song.”

There will be a storytime/craft session at the Chase Library on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.

At the Adams Lake Indian Band Conference Centre, Family Fun Fair will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. until noon. There will be games, face-painting, balloons and prizes. Local ‘celebrities’ will be competing on behalf of their business or club to be recognized as the Chase Literacy Program’s #1 Supporter for 2012. For safety reasons, children must be accompanied by a parent.

For more information, call 250-679-3442.