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Connecting Generations Through Literacy: Celebrating Family Literacy Day with Intergenerational Programming

Intergenerational – what does it mean?

Do you know the word “intergenerational”?

First, let’s look at the parts of this word. The first part, “inter” means “between” or “among”. The second part, “generational” means “relating to the different generations of one family”. So, if we put these parts together, “intergenerational” means “among the generations of a family”.

Now, imagine different generations in a family doing activities together. Some examples of activities are parents reading to children or grandparents playing a boardgame with their grandchildren. Let’s look at the idea of intergenerational programming.

Intergenerational programming

Intergenerational programming creates opportunities for older and younger generations to participate in shared activities. If we only offer same-age-group programming, we cannot interact and learn from one another. Intergenerational programming is designed to bring people of different ages together and gives people the chance to learn from one another.

Benefits of intergenerational programming

Creating opportunities for young and old to participate together in activities has many benefits, such as:

  1. increasing understanding and respect between generations
  2. improving health and well-being in older adults
  3. helping development in early childhood
  4. contributing to building more connected communities

Thanks to intergenerational programming, older adults can remain active and healthy, pass on their skills and knowledge to future generations, feel like they belong, and are enthusiastic and playful when with young people. For young people with older adults, they can develop social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills, learn about older people and the aging process, and enjoy the one-on-one attention.

We use our “generational intelligence” in these activities where we appreciate how people from other generations experience the world. What is Literacy Unlimited doing to encourage intergenerational programming? This month we are offering some very exciting Family Literacy Day events.

What is Family Literacy Day?

Family Literacy Day is celebrated every year on January 27.

On this day, we raise awareness of the importance of reading and doing other literacy-related activities as a family. In 2024, we are celebrating 25 years of Family Literacy Day!

Families are encouraged to celebrate by making food, singing songs, and playing games. Literacy Unlimited is hosting four different Family Literacy Day events in January. Join us at one of our events to celebrate different generations doing fun-filled activities together.

Learn more about Family Literacy on our blog post here.

Literacy Unlimited’s Family Literacy Day Events

Tic-Tac-Toe Reading Challenge (with the Pointe-Claire library, but you can do it on your own!)

January 25, 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Project Communautaire Pierrefonds (members only)

January 27, at Pointe Claire Library, Valois Branch (in English, members only)

January 27, at Pointe Claire Library, Valois Branch (in French, members only)

January 28, 10 am to 2 pm at The Teapot, Lachine (members only)

Unlimited Seniors Club: Join the fun!

Are you 55+? Do you like to learn? Do you like meeting new people? Join our Unlimited Seniors Club (USC) to learn and socialize! All USC activities are free. We offer workshops twice a month in various locations.

No matter your literacy level, all seniors are welcome to attend. To read more about this club, click here.

Unlimited Seniors Club: Winter programming

This winter, we have new and exciting workshops to offer the 55+ community:

  • Social Teatime (Literacy Unlimited, Pointe-Claire): January 15 from 1 to 2 pm
  • Community Kitchen with Corbeille de Pain (Cedar Park United Church, Pointe-Claire): January 19 from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Understanding Medical Terms (The Teapot, Lachine): February 8 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm
  • Tech Help (Literacy Unlimited, Pointe-Claire): February 20 from 1 to 2 pm
  • Laser-cut Box for Cards (FabZone, Pointe-Claire): March 15 from 1 to 3 pm
  • Understanding Stress (The Teapot, Lachine): March 21 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Winter workshop descriptions can be found here. Sign up with Suzanne by phone at 514-694-0007 or email at

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events!

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