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.

Trivia Challenge 2020

This year's Trivia Challenge will be held September 22, 7 - 8:30 pm. It will be an online event where teams of 2 - 6 people are encourage to either gather within their bubble or remotely to test their trivia skills.

This will be a provincial event and you can go to the Decoda website to select Abbotsford as the community where your entry fee donation will go. So start gathering your team, practice your trivia, and get ready for the fun.

More information will be sent out as it is available. Keep in mind the province of BC will also add funds that will be designed as Raise a Reader funds - another opporutnity to support literacy programming in Abbotsford.

Please contact if you have questions.

Learn About Series

This is our 3rd year of running a series 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 and Fraser Health to provide information on the Abbotsford community. .

September 23 2020 will have a session on Frauds and Scams with Tanya Jeske from Abbotsford Community Policing as the speaker. This will be held from 6:30 - 8 pm online, via Zoom, Click here to see the poster.

Please email to preregister for this free session: and you will then be emailed the link for this online session.

Read What You Love Community Reading Challenge 2021

Literacy Matters Abbotsford will hole their annual Community Literacy Challenge, “Read What You Love”from January 31 – February 20, 2021.

Over 370 participants entered the reading challenge last year. Thank you to our sponsors of 2020 –

  • Clearbrook Library
  • The Bookman, Abbotsford
  • Abby Community School
  • First Books
  • Julia Rohan
  • Hand in Hand Children’s Society
  • CORE, Abbotsford School District
  • CLB 7/8 LINC Classes, Archway Community Services

See photos fromthe kick off to Read What You Love, our free pancake breakfast here. A big thank you to our sponsors of this event:

  • Starbucks West Oaks
  • Otter Coop Abbotsford
  • Real Canadian Superstore Abbotsford
  • Abbotsford News

Be sure to join us next year for our 10th Annual kick off breakfastJanuary 30, 2021! PLan on entering the reading challenge too.

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.

This program will start up again hopefully in the fall. Please contact for more information.

Fortis Book Contest

Due to COVID 19 the Fortis book contest has been cancelled. We look forward to resuming this contest in 2021. .

The winners from 2019's contest are Sarah and Elizabeth Bigler. Please click here to see a photo of them at the Kiwanis Literacy Celebration 2019.

Indigenous Day Celebration 2019

The celebration will take place June 21 between 10 am and 2 pm. The focus of this event will be to share Indigenous story telling and culture with classes of school students in grades K-5.