Make the reading tent distinctly yours. Stock it with books and stories suited to the occasion. Have children and volunteers invite passers-by to join in. Invite your celebrity readers to drop by:
Let's continue this uniquely Canadian custom begun my Rev. Fitzpatrick, when he wrote:
Whenever and wherever people congregate, then and there shall be the time, place and means of their education.
At Frontier College, when we talk about taking books and reading "to the streets," we mean it literally! Here's how it works.
We have developed a Street Reading project by grouping student volunteers into teams, called Teen Reading Teams.
A small group of students meet in a public place, such as a mall or farmer's market. Each of the students (Street Readers) has a shoulder bag full of children's books from the library and wears a bright T-shirt or badge identifying him or her as a volunteer Street Reader.
Working in groups of two or three, the Street Readers look for families who seem bored (for example, sitting in malls) and approach them. They identify themselves and offer to share a story. While one Street Reader reads aloud with the children, the other talks to the parents about the importance of reading with their children every day. And they remind them that books and stories belong everywhere.