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The Centre for Family Literacy is dedicated to helping families grow and prosper. Our FREE adult tutoring and family literacy programs, along with training and research, help Alberta families achieve what they imagine — improved education, jobs and health.

September is Life Literacy Month! September 8 is International Literacy Day!

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Life Literacy:

The literacy skills you need to live your life, and the new skills you need to acquire throughout your life. You are encouraged to try something new in September — go back to school, upgrade your skills, or learn a new activity.

More about Life Literacy at ABC Life Literacy Canada.

International Literacy Day:

In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 as International Literacy Day. Schools, organizations and communities around the world have united to promote awareness, to one day eradicate this ongoing human rights violation. Approximately 775 million people lack the basic reading and writing skills to manage daily living and employment tasks.

The impacts of low literacy levels are: limited opportunities for employment, higher chances of poor health, propensity towards crime, or dependence on social welfare. The cost to the global economy is estimated at USD $1.19 trillion.

More about International Literacy Day at International Literacy


What is Busapalooza? It is a fun family event that highlights the literacy opportunities and support available to all ages in our community.

Join our two C.O.W. (Classroom on Wheels) buses and Edmonton Public Library’s two epl2go vans for some fun with story time, a photo booth, a resource fair, and so much more!

Date: Friday, September 11
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Idylwylde Public Library
8310 88 Avenue, Edmonton

If you have any questions, please phone Amanda or Crystal at the Centre: 780-421-7323 or email

Ruth Hayden Memorial Family Literacy Practitioner Award

The Centre for Family Literacy is seeking nominations for this award in memory of Dr. Ruth Hayden, which recognizes the accomplishments of individual practitioners in the family literacy field. Deadline for nominations is September 10.

More information and nomination form

FREE Wills Workshop

Learn what should be included in a will and what is meant by legal terms such executor, codicil and living will.

Allison McCollum, lawyer with Witten Law, will present the overview. This free workshop is presented in partnership with the Edmonton Community Foundation.

Date: Wednesday, September 16
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Centre for Family Literacy
11642 142 Street, Edmonton

Please be advised that registration is required and seating is limited. To register, please phone 780-421-7323 or email with subject line Wills Workshop.

Literacy & Learning Symposium 2015


The Symposium is an opportunity for all of us committed to literacy and adult learning to come together and share ideas, discuss issues of importance and to gain new tools. It is also an opportunity to network, socialize and interact with colleagues and friends from around the province. There will be a broad variety of sessions with high-level presenters, a Resource Fair Reception and our evening Awards Banquet.

More information about the Symposium

Date: October 13 - 16
Place: Deerfoot Inn, Calgary AB


Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and without their commitment, support and hard work, so many of our initiatives would not be possible.

Learn about volunteering at the Centre for Family Literacy here, phone the Centre at 780-421-7323 to arrange an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator, or email:

11642 142 St NW  Edmonton AB  T5M 1V4
780.421.7323 | Fax 780.421.7324