From April 30th to May 08th 2016, the National Reading Campaign, in partnership with Reading Town PEI, the PEI Literacy Alliance and the Confederation Centre Public Library, will turn PEI into a Reading Island! The week long festival works to inspire curiosity about the stories and storytellers that shape our community, to recognize the accomplishments of our artists, educators and literacy champions and to integrate reading into the everyday life of Islanders.
Reading Town PEI will be presenting an inspiring line up of affordable, diverse and fun signature events but we encourage the community to participate in the celebration!
Everyone is encouraged to get involved by organizing an event or activity for Reading Town. The possibilities are endless! If you need help with ideas, you can find some at the bottom of the page.
Please remember to:
- Register your event or activity for a chance to win our registration contest by April 1st, 2016.
- Hold your event or activity during the week of April 30 – May 8th, 2016.
- Take photos during your event and email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos will be displayed on the Reading Town PEI website.
Register for a chance to win!
Your name will be entered into a draw for a chance to win an inspiring prize package full of local goodies. More details about the prize will be announced at our website in March – http://www.readingtownpei.com
Please note: We will only accept one entry per event/activity. Contest deadline is April 1s, 2016. Events can be still be registered after April 1st, but they will not be eligible for this contest.
The draw will be held on May 1st during the opening celebration.
Get Involved with Reading Town!
Here are some event/activity ideas for you and your group to organize. Remember to register your event by filling in the form above!
- Organize a Story Mob.
- Organize a walk and read by posting 6-8 pages of a short story around your community. Be sure to create a small map for each page so readers know where to begin and end the story.
- Read to seniors and intergenerational seniors programs are already happening in Charlottetown. Reading Town would be an opportunity to highlight and promote these programs and appreciate the volunteers in the programs.
- Host a Storytelling circle.
- Launch a social media campaign – invite Islanders to post selfies reading their favorite book.
- Host Literacy and Reading morning at cafes. Invite everyone to bring something to read and have their morning coffee.
- Have poems printed on the coffee sleeves, napkins or take out bags for your restaurant.
- Host a poetry reading or poetry slam event.
- Scribbler Skeletons – Adults reading from their childhood and/or teenage diaries. This is also put on by the Fringe Fest in Charlottetown.
- Catch and Release – gather books and put a sticker inside them that lets readers know that they can “catch” the book, read it and “release” for someone new to catch, read and release. Leave these books on the bus and in other public places.
- Set up Reading Glens in local parks.
- Challenge your book club to take on an interesting book and share the discussion on social media.
- Sponsor an author reading at your business and invite the public to attend