Media Advisory - National TV Celebrities, Best-Selling Author and Local Politicians Rally Around Family Literacy Day World Record Attempt at Toronto City Hall

    Valentyne, Gold, and Munsch headline star-studded line-up of guest
    readers, more Canadians encouraged to join the over 147,000 record-
    breaking participants estimated across Canada

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - On Friday January 23rd, join ABC CANADA Literacy
Foundation, Founding Sponsor Honda Canada and Official Family Literacy Day
(FLD) World Record Attempt Sponsor, Oxford Learning, at a kick-off event for
the FLD World Record Attempt, a national, bilingual initiative encouraging
adults and children to engage in 30 minutes of reading together between 2:00
p.m. EST on January 23 and 2:00 p.m. EST on January 24. The initiative, a
prelude to Family Literacy Day 2009 celebrations on January 27, encourages
Canadians to read along and help break the Guinness World Record(TM) for "Most
Children Reading with an Adult, Multiple Locations." Canadians across the
country have embraced the initiative with hundreds of literacy events planned
at schools, libraries, literacy organizations, Oxford Learning Centres, YMCAs,
shopping centres, and community centres across the country. To date, over 900
events, with an estimated 147,000 participants, had registered to participate
in this record-breaking attempt. The current Guinness World Record of 78,791
was set across the U.S. in 2006.


    WHO:      Robert Munsch        Canada's best-selling author, Honourary
                                   Chair of Family Literacy Day

              Jennifer Valentyne   Co-host of CityTV's "Breakfast
                                   Television," Toronto's No. 1 morning show

              Jake Gold            Co-star of "Canadian Idol," one of
                                   Canada's most successful artist managers
                                   and music producers

              Adam Vaughan         Toronto City Councillor, Ward 20, Trinity-

              Janet Davis          Toronto City Councillor, Ward 31, Beaches-
                                   East York

              Margaret Eaton       President, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation
              Todd Fowler          Manager, Corporate Affairs, Honda Canada
              Carey Low            Canadian record keeper, Guinness World
              TBA                  An official from Oxford Learning

    WHEN:     January 23rd, 1 p.m. press conference. World Record attempt
              reading to follow
              (refreshments will be served)

    WHERE:    Toronto City Hall, Members' Lounge, Council Chamber
              100 Queen Street West
              Toronto, Ontario

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Karen Benner, Manager of
Corporate Communications, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation, Phone: (416)
218-0010 ext. 122, Email:; Ashley Tilley,
Communications Coordinator, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation, Phone: (416)
218-0010 ext. 127, Email:

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