Family Literacy is how adults and children can learn together through various educational activities. Learning is a lifelong practice, however it begins first with the help of a child's parents and other adults in their community.


  • The value and benefits of literacy in preschool children
  • Oral Language Skill Development at a young age
  • Parenting skills and strategies to create a literacy-rich environment in their home
  • Increased confidence of parents in their role as their child's first teacher

Children who read frequently develop stronger reading skills, and those who had additional aid at home rank even higher!

Susan Galloway, Facilitator

Rhymes That Bind:

  • Is a free program provided annually in Athabasca (at Parent Link), Boyle (Public Library), and Rochester or Grassland Schools
  • One hour per week for 10 weeks
  • Promotes oral language development in babies and toddlers
  • Provides a positive, supportive environment for parents through group-based delivery
  • Uses circle time with parents and infants/toddlers during which rhymes, stories, and songs are shared and modeled
  • Includes reading stories and discussions about early literacy
  • Offers a nutritious snack each week

The Boyle 'Rhymes That Bind' cycle begins October 2nd, 2019.
Please download our full information here.

Books For Babies:

  • Is embedded in the Rhymes That Bind program
  • Encourages parents to discover the joy of reading with their babies
  • Provides a learning opportunity for parents with infants, where book-sharing ideas are modeled
  • Guidance on choosing appropriate books for their babies

Words Work Book Bags
For Babies:

  • Partnership with Athabasca & Boyle Health Units
  • Provides cloth bag, 2 books, information sheets and free library pass at 4-month immunization
  • Provides third and fourth book at 6 & 12-month immunization