Not only is October filled with apple picking, scarecrows, and cranberry sauce, but this month of the harvest also sees an abundance of family literacy events take place throughout the province. The Reading Street initiative involved a series of ten events, funded by TD Bank Group and facilitated through the Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild (PEIWG), that celebrated family literacy. To cap off this busy month of literacy and reading focused events, the Guild is hosting an Island-wide Read-a-thon on November 1st.
“Read-a-thons are quite popular in the online space,” explains PEIWG president Christine Gordon Manley. “Basically, you commit to setting aside a certain timeframe on a given day to read. Some read-a-thons can last for up to 24 hours, with participants planning their reads and snacks weeks ahead of time, but we’re making ours a family friendly event and going with two hours.”
On Sunday, November 1, from 1:30pm–3:30pm, Islanders participating in the Read-a-thon will simply be asked to dive into a book. During the event, readers can send photos of themselves and their family reading, their reading nooks, any furry reading buddies, and their reading snacks of choice to the Guild for a chance to win prizes.
“We’re asking participants to engage with us online using the hashtag #PEIReadAthon. Tag us on Twitter and Instagram, and use this hashtag for a chance to win some pretty fabulous prizes from our event sponsors: Seaside Books (Summerside), the Comic Hunter (Charlottetown), the Bookman (Charlottetown), and Buttercup Café & Books (Beach Point),” says Gordon Manley.
Since this is an online event, there is no requirement to register ahead of time.
“All you have to do is grab a book and read…and possibly win a prize,” states PEIWG Executive Director Mo Duffy Cobb. “During a time that sees so much change and uncertainty, we wanted to do something that can still go ahead during the pandemic and that encourages families to set time aside to read.”
For more information, please see the Event Page of the PEI Writers’ Guild Facebook Page.