International Literacy Day
September 8th has been an annual day of celebration and an opportunity to raise awareness around the value of literacy to the people around the world since 1966. In this 42nd annual celebration, the theme has been chosen as “Literacy and Health”, continuing last year's focus on the relationship between these human rights. 2003-2012 have been declared the UN Literacy Decade, so it is an important day for recognizing both the challenges and accomplishments libraries have with literacy. In Saskatchewan, much of the most current medical information is available through the many health related databases, available from the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP).
Celebrations all around the world will be taking place on this day, by organizations, institutions, communities and individual. Saskatchewan also participates and many events will take place on September 8th, some at libraries.
Although “literacy day is everyday at the library”, it is still a time for us to remind ourselves and others of the special role libraries play and remember the difference that literacy makes in the lives of people around the world.
More information available from UNESCO
Saskatchewan Literacy Day
Saskatchewan Literacy Day was proclaimed on September 8, 2008 by Deputy Premier and Education Minister Ken Krawetz. The announcement came on the day that has been recognized around the world as International Literacy Day since 1965. News release
Celebrations and activities planned around Saskatchewan and in other provinces can be found at the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) in their Planned Activities section for International Literacy Day. There are also posters available for download from the Saskatchewan Literacy Network to put up in your library.