In keeping with Family Literacy Day on January 27th, the National Reading Campaign is thrilled to announce that the 2nd annual Reading Town Canada will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Presented by TD Bank Group and partnering with PEI Literacy Alliance and the Confederation Centre Public Library, Charlottetown will host a week-long celebration of everything related to reading from May 2nd to 9th of 2015. For one week, the 35,000 citizens of the city will weave reading into every aspect of their lives.
“Charlottetown’s long cultural tradition and unique community spirit make it the perfect location for a celebration of reading in Reading Town Canada Week,” says James Roy of the Reading Town Canada project, who added that authors from the region and all over Canada will be invited to participate.
In the interest of making Reading Town Canada a national event, the National Reading Campaign has also partnered with Calgary Reads in order to hold a concurrent Reading Town in Calgary, specifically in the neighbourhoods of Inglewood and Ramsay.
2014’s inaugural Reading Town was held in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and featured interactive events such as a competitive spoken word poetry public event, ‘Blind Date with a Canadian Book,’ which invited citizens to choose free books based only on sly hints about its content. Other events included a reading-themed pub trivia and ‘Pizza Pie Poems’ – everyone who ordered a pizza during the week also received a poem by a Canadian poet.
“Reading is fundamental to a child’s development and to their future,” says Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair TD Bank Group. “At TD, we feel strongly about giving Canadian children every opportunity to learn and thrive, and we are especially pleased to support the 2nd annual Reading Town Canada in PEI.”
As Reading Town Canada is presented by TD, the NRC is again working with two other TD-funded reading organizations to make the week a success – First Book Canada will be bringing Canadian children’s books to lower-income families in Charlottetown and TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, coordinated by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, will also participate. Touring author Bill Swan will be reading as part of the program.