Literacy Matters Abbotsford


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 Education (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.

Upcoming Events

Learn About Series

This is a series for current residents of Abbotsford, people new to Abbotsford and people new to Canada.

We are partnering with Clearbrook Library, City of Abbotsford and Fraser Health to provide information on the Abbotsford community. Our next session is Outdoors - Camping, Hiking and Safety Tips. This will take place at Clearbrook Library, May 22, 10:30 - noon. See the poster for more information.

Please email to preregister for this free session:

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. See the poster for more information.

The next session is April 25 at Alexander Elementary School. Please preregister for this free session: for more information. The remaining session for this school year will be May 30 - be sure to mark your calendars.

Food Skills for Families

The Food Skills for Families program is once again running at Mamel'awt Aboriginal Community Centre. This free program will focus on budget wise meal shopping and preparation. Participants will prepare and cook a meal each session. The program runs for 6 weeks this spring - dates to be announced. See the poster for more information. Email for more information:

Read What You Love Community Reading Challenge 2019

Thank you to everyone that joined in on the Read What You Love Community Reading Challenge. This year we received over 370 reading logs - beating our totals for the last 3 years. The challenge between Abbotsford School Trustees and Abbotsford School District Senior Administration resulted in a tie! Hand in Hand After School Care centres had entries from their centres. Let's keep the love of reading alive - think of how you can challenge family, friends, colleagues.

We could not have done this without our sponsors for the kick off pancake breakfast and the reading challenge:

  • Abbotsford News
  • Clearbrook and Abbotsford Libraries
  • Abbotsford Community Services
  • School District # 34
  • Abbotsford Fire Services
  • Abbotsford City Hall
  • Real Canadian Superstore Abbotsford
  • Starbucks Seven Oaks
  • The Bookman
  • IHOP Abbotsford
  • Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Central Abbotsford Community School
  • Denis Halliwell

Stay tuned for next year's event. The kick off pancake breakfast will be January 25, 2020 with the reading challenge to run from January 26 - February 15, 2020.

Questions? Email

Indigenous Day Celebration 2019

The celebration will take place June 21. More information will follow.

Trivia Challenge 2019

This event will take place September 25, 2019. Be sure to gather your team of 6 players and practice your trivia knowledge. All profits go to support literacy in Abbotsford. Be sure to book your table early for this very popular event. Contact for more information or if you want to donate a prize.