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Free Books for Kids!

We have partnered with First Book Canada to distribute over 1000 new children’s books to individuals and community groups during Reading Town Canada week, May 2-9. First Book Canada provides new books to children in need addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. First Book Canada is a national... Read more »

Visualizing Literacy

The PEI Literacy Alliance will showcase the winning photos of its Visualizing Literacy Photo Contest during Reading Town Canada Week. Background – Many adult Islanders struggle with low-literacy and do not have the skills needed to participate fully at home, in their community and at their work. Those who struggle with low-literacy feel a lot... Read more »

Books 2 Eat

Reading Town Canada 2015 kicks off with Books2Eat at the Confederation Centre Public Library   You are invited to prepare and exhibit an edible work of art based on books and reading. Join bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate literature and create edible works of art evoking books by shape and/or content. The... Read more »

Tiny Lending Libraries

Watch for Tiny Lending Libraries popping up on a lawn near you! Or find one at UPEI, Beanz Espresso Bar and several other locations around Charlottetown. A Tiny Lending Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.... Read more »

“Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon

The “Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon is open to all schools, daycare centers, libraries and other community groups who serve children between the ages of birth and 12 years. “Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon is a terrific way to have your school or organization participate in Reading Town Canada Week in a fun and meaningful way and... Read more »

On Display

Volunteers will sit in a rocking chair in the Queen Street window of the Bookmark reading. We hope to have volunteers for all the hours the Bookmark is open Reading Town week. There is a sign up sheet at the Bookmark for volunteers of all ages. Please indicate times you are available.

Read This Day in History

The Robertson Library at the University of PEI will be reprinting an historical issue of the Guardian newspaper and making the copies freely available across Charlottetown. The issues will be free to anyone that wishes to read about what was happening in Charlottetown and around PEI.

Catch and Release

We will be putting books in our local park for children to read with parents. We will attach a sticker to the front of our book so parents know they can borrow and read and pass on. We are planning to run this for the full week. We are also planning on bring your favourite... Read more »

“PEI Reads: Tales of Becoming Here”

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada’s Community Outreach Team will host a “best-immigration-themed-book-to-read” debate and vote similar to CBC’s Canada Reads. In that event, five books, fiction and non-fiction, are selected and “defended” by well-known Canadians in some feisty debates on radio and TV. Each day, one of the chosen books is “voted off”... Read more »

Pizza Pie Poems

Order a pizza in Charlottetown during Reading Town and enjoy a Canadian poem attached to the box! The following pizzerias are participating: Famous Peppers Dino’s Pizza Jack’s Pizza Little Christos Pizza Delight  Boston Pizza  

Books For Babies! Sponsored by Barefoot In PEI

Barefoot In PEI will be donating a small gift basket to every baby born in PEI during Reading Town Canada Week from 12:00 am May 2, 2015 until 11:59 pm on May 9, 2015. Included in the gift basket is a gift certificate and other treats for baby from Barefoot In PEI, “Baby’s First Library... Read more »

Trivia Night with Robin Esrock – Author of the Great Canadian Bucket List Series

Join Robin Esrock, bestselling author of The Great Canadian Bucket List series, for a fun-filled exploration of the best travel experiences in Atlantic Canada. Be prepared to test your knowledge with a trivia challenge. There is an assortment of prizes to be won!

“What I am Reading Now ” Selfies

Help show that Charlottetown is a Reading Town community. Take a selfie with your favourite book or the book you are reading. Put the book over your face to show the cover and  send the selfie to Barb

“What My Bookcase(s) Look Like” Selfies

Help show that Charlottetown is a Reading Town Canada community. If you have an interesting or overflowing bookcase take a picture and send it to to be posted to the Reading Town Canada Charlottetown site.

Book Launch for “Me, Too” illustrated by Lori Joy Smith

The Children’s Library is excited to host a book launch for the talented Lori Joy Smith’s new book Me, Too! Join us to celebrate with local artist Lori Joy Smith as she reads from her newest book! Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Custom colouring booklets will be provided so everyone can... Read more »

Read & Relax with Dogs

PEI Humane Society reads to the dogs Read and Relax (R&R) helps decrease the arousal and stress levels of your dogs on the adoption floor as adopters pass through, and helps increase the dogs’ success in their new home. Daily walks are an important part of a shelter dog’s life. However, it is important to... Read more »

Authors for Indies Day

  On Saturday, May 2nd 600 Canadian authors are doing something wonderful! It’s called Authors for Indies Day. That’s when authors across Canada support independent bookstores by volunteering as guest book sellers. Author and spokesperson, Ann-Marie MacDonald says, “Independent bookstores enrich our communities. They provide gathering places for discovering new authors, sharing favourite books, and... Read more »

Claire Christie Book Signing

My Dear Alice: War letters 1937-1950 by Clare Christie and Carol Wills, Canadian and English cousins born at wars end on opposite sides of the Atlantic. A compelling WWII story, but a real departure from most books on war, as this one is a social history told through the civilians (and some soldiers) who lived... Read more »

Bookmark Contest – Can You Guess All of the Authors?

As part of Reading Town Week Bookmark is having a contest to see who can guess the most authors! We have a poster of twenty different authors – see how many you can guess. Details in store.

Ooka Island’s Reading Town Giveaway and Family Photo Booth

Ooka Island will be participating at many events throughout Reading Town week with a roving “Say Ooka!” photo booth where families can get their picture taken on Ooka Island and be entered to win a trip to the Island (a one-year subscription to the program valued at $99.99). Visit to see which family-friendly events... Read more »

Canadian Children’s Book Week Launch

Launch event for Bill Swan’s tour of PEI during Canadian Children’s Book Week. Swan’s last three books are part of the Lorimer REAL JUSTICE series, stories of people convicted and sent to prison for crimes they did not commit. His first nine books were middle-grade sports novels as part of the Lorimer Sports series. The... Read more »

Poetry readings

Week long daily poetry readings for each activity we have. A member will read a poem at either the beginning of the activity or at break time.

Blind Date with a Book

Blind date with a book. Not open to the public.

Tiny Haiku Lending Library

Available to borrow are approximately 60 books of haiku, books about writing haiku, and essays on haiku. Please borrow one book at a time and be sure to return it before taking another. You must come in person and leave contact information to borrow a book.

Cardigan Consolidated School – “Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon

Students at Cardigan Consolidated School will be participating in the “Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon. Students will commit to read for at least 30 minutes each day and will gather pledges to raise money and earn new books for their school.

Sherwood Elementary School – “Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon

Students in 3 classes at Sherwood Elementary School will be participating in the “Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon. Students will commit to read for at least 30 minutes each day and will gather pledges to raise money and earn new books for their classrooms.

Southern Kings Consolidated School – “Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon

Students at Southern Kings Consolidated School will be participating in the “Bee A Reader” Read-A-Thon. Students will commit to read for at least 30 minutes each day and will gather pledges to raise money and earn new books for their classrooms.

A Conversation With Zarqa Nawaz

Come to an informal meet and greet with Zarqa Nawaz. Ms Nawaz created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing it’s 91st episode in 2012 after completing 6 seasons and is now being... Read more »

St. Jean Elementary School Paves Reading Town Charlottetown

St. Jean’s students will earn one candy pebble for each book they read during Reading Town Canada Week. The pebbles will be used to connect the photos of various Charlottetown streets and buildings.


BUYING BOOKS FOR YOUR CHILDREN Marlene MacDonald will be in store on May 4th and 5th from 9AM to Noon available to consult with mothers on what books to buy for their children and how to instill a love of reading! When: Monday and Tuesday, May 4th-5th, 9:00am-12:00pm Where: Bookmark, Charlottetown

Book club

The library book club invites you to join the regular monthly meeting for a discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Print or eBook copies may be requested and borrowed via the library web page

Family story time

An interactive literacy program of stories and rhymes for 3 – 5 year olds.

An Evening with Zarqa Nawaz

Come and hear TV Producer, Zarqa Nawaz, creator of “The Little Mosque on the Prairie” read from her new book, “Laughing All The Way” to the Mosque. Zarqa will also talk about producing a ground-breaking, hit TV comedy series. Tickets: $10.00 with all proceeds going to PEI Literacy Alliance.   Watch this video of Ms. Nawaz testifying... Read more »

Pomme et Rinette en Santé

Hi, we will be hosting an event with Melissa Arsenault, Healthy Bilingual Coordinator. She will come to our daycare in her uniform to introduce new healthy food to our young kids. She will talk a bit about the health food guide. She will introduce and prepare new food, with the kids, in a fun way... Read more »

Author and Forensic Anthropologist Debra Komar Launches Latest Book

Internationally renowned forensic anthropologist Debra Komar will launch her latest book, The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr., at the Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on May 5. The launch will include her powerful presentation, “Murder at Fort Stikine: Solving a Centuries-Old... Read more »

Story Time with Special Guest Betty Pryor from the Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility

The Children’s Library at the Confederation Centre Public Library is excited to offer Story Time with Betty Pryor to celebrate Drinking Water Week! Please join special guest Betty Pryor, Project Officer with Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility, for a very special story time where we will learn about the important role water plays in our... Read more »

Reading Town Celebration

Private event for staff of the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning and Skills PEI. The Department has partnered with the PEI Literacy Alliance to bring a fun event to your workplace to celebrate Reading Town. Staff will enjoy refreshments, speakers and a chance to win some great prizes.

Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award : Linda Granfield at 10 a.m.

Linda Granfield, author of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award nominated title The Road to Afghanistan will be visiting. Open to the public. Starts at 10 a.m.

Tween Reading Café

Step aside, big people! The TWEENS are taking over Beanz Espresso Bar in Charlottetown Wednesday, May 6th for a fun evening of books, books, and books! Dave Atkinson, author of the popular middle grade novel “Wereduck” from Nimbus Publishing, will chat with kids about writing and reading. We’ll pack the evening with fun activities for... Read more »

Battle of the Books Trivia Night!

A fun & friendly night of trivia for all book and trivia lovers! Team up with and compete to become the reigning champions of Reading Town’s 2015 Battle of the Book Clubs!

Santa Visits Reading Town

Between 3:00 and 4:00 Santa will be visiting the downtown area to bring children a treat. Younger children will receive an Annikins book while supplies last. Santa will be riding in a replica 1930′s Bentley called by some Chitty Chitty after Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You can’t miss them as Santa wears red... Read more »

Story Time with Special Guest Heather Alford from the Culinary Institute of Canada

The Children’s Library at the Confederation Centre Public Library is excited to offer Story Time with Heather Alford. Please join special guest, Chef Heather Alford from the Culinary Institute of Canada, for a very special culinary inspired story time! Enjoy stories followed by a craft. For ages 3-5 Please note: Children must be accompanied by an... Read more »

Rendez-vous avec un livre!

Blind date with a book. (In French) Rendez-vous avec un livre.

Histoires sur l’autobus

Come join us and the Grade 3 class of École François-Buote on the T3 Trius Transit bus at 10:00 on Wednesday, May 6 at the corner of Patterson Dr. and Acadian Dr. for some fun and lots of French stories!

Baby lapsit

A program of rhymes, stories and song for parents, caregivers and babies 0-12 months.

Toddler Time

Stories and rhymes for ages 12 – 36 months

Turning your family story into compelling fiction. A workshop by Glenna Jenkins

Every family has a story to tell. Maybe their ancestors faced hardships after starting a new life in North America, an uncle was lost at sea, or a cousin went off to war and never returned. Glenna Jenkins’ family story is about how famous baseball player, Babe Ruth, helped her widowed grandmother keep her young... Read more »

Welcome To Kindergarten: Bananas Over Reading!

We are having a Reading Town Week Event in the middle of our Welcome To Kindergarten Event, on Thursday, May 7th in Charlottetown. To promote and share reading with our new students, we are considering a jungle theme, but have not finalized our theme selection. We will also be encouraging events with students and teachers in... Read more »

Recyclez nos livres!/Book Art

Join us as we turn some old books into pieces of art! It will be an adult crafty event, but families are welcome, too. All supplies will be provided.

The Art and Craft of Writing (An author/editor Q&A)

Join writing and editing team Jaime Lee Mann and Christine Gordon Manley (author and editor of the popular “Legend of Rhyme” children’s series, and co-owners of Manley Mann Media) for an informal Q&A about the book-writing process. Learn what it’s like to write and publish a book (if you survive the editorial process!). The Manley... Read more »

Spring into Books!

The City of Charlottetown and the Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown are partnering to present this fun, engaging and educational spring event. Children from the public and Boys & Girls Club will be able to see, hear and read books written by local authors. Highlighting the afternoon event will be a performance by ‘The... Read more »

Finley Martin Launch: The Dead Letter

Join Finley Martin for the launch of his new book in the Anne Brown mystery series! It is 2001 and the police constable’s girlfriend is murdered in a fit of jealous rage. When the constable realizes what he has done, he manages an elaborate cover-up. Only one person knows the truth. Flash forward to 2012.... Read more »

Little Critter in the Kitchen

Little Critter Recipe Book  at Centre May, part of  Healthy Eating Month. During our Play Group session, we will be asking children to bring in their favourite recipes, which we will be putting together a cookbook.

Stories on the Bus

Board the T3 Trius Transit #1 University Ave. Express bus at 10:30 from Confed Centre/Grafton St. for stories with Children’s Librarian Jennifer Howard. Stories continue on the return trip from the Charlottetown Mall. Remember, children ages 5 and under travel for free when accompanied by an adult.

Todd MacLean at Bookmark

The editor of Global Chorus will be in-store on Friday, May 9th from 12 to 3 PM talking about his project and entertaining us with his music. Today we are confronting the greatest challenge ever faced by a group of beings in the 4 billion year history of this planet: how to ensure not only... Read more »

David Weale Book Signing

Bring your 5-10 year old to a presentation, reading and book signing by Charlottetown’s David Weale, author of Doors in the Air, this year’s TD Grade One Book Giveaway. Copies of the book are FREE!

Tea party at the library/L’heure du thé à la bibliothèque

A morning full of stories and crafts for children and their moms followed by a tea time and light lunch in the community room. Not only a literary event but a Mother’s Day celebration. All activities will be in French.

Celebrate “Those Splendid Girls”

The Atlantic Book Festival and Reading Town Canada 2015 are pleased to join the PEI   Regiment Museum in a celebration of the book Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War, by Katherine Dewar, shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. Actors will offer dramatic... Read more »

Reading at the Mall

Reading at the Mall Starts at 11 AM at the Confederation Court Mall Bring the Family for a Fun Packed time celebrating books and reading! • Author readings, book launches and entertainment! • Bring a Book – Buy a Book and receive a ballot to win a fabulous prize! • Guess the Author Contest! •... Read more »

Story Time with Barb

Barb Kissick, our extraordinary story teller will entertain kids with her passion and wonderful story telling skills.

Book Launch – The Pup From Away by Shaun and Christina Patterson

Originally hailing from Barrie Ontario, Shaun and his wife Christina (also an artist) have made P.E.I. their home over the last five years and find the island to be a constant source of inspiration for them. Dukes the pup is brought to rural Prince Edward Island from the city. He is used to the glamour... Read more »

Michael Pendergast ‘The Music Man’ Book Launch and Entertainment

Michael Pendergast PEI children’s entertainer, musician and singer, Mike Pendergast, is also affectionately known as “The Music Man”. With his many accordions, engaging presence and repertoire of children’s songs, Pendergast is known for his honest-to-goodness, down-home fun.

Reading from Wereduck with Dave Atkinson

Dave Atkinson is an award-winning freelance journalist, columnist, and broadcaster. His work for the CBC has appeared on The Current, Atlantic Voice, Tapestry, Maritime Magazine, and regional radio programs across the country. Dave and his wife are homeschooling their three silly kids in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Wereduck is his first book for kids aged 8-12.

Klutz Demonstration and Sale

Kick-start your creativity and enjoy a free demo of Friendship Bracelets, Cootie Catchers, and Twisted Critters from starting at 2pm. Plus, enjoy 20% off Klutz book-based activity kits all day long!

Biblioasis & Cormorant Books Present: Poets Zachariah Wells and M.Travis Lane

Join poets Zachariah Wells and M.Travis Lane in launching their latest poetry collections. With homages to Hopkins, Graves, Wisława Szymborska, Paul Muldoon, and more, and in allusion-dappled, playfully sprung stanzas, SUM, the third book from poet and critic Zachariah Wells both wears its influences openly and spins a sound texture all its own, in a... Read more »

Story Time with local author Marie Kenny

The Children’s Library at the Confederation Centre Public Library is excited to host Marie Kenny as she reads her new book, Beyond the Horizon! Have you ever wondered what you’d find if you went all the way to the edge of the horizon? Ms. Kenny’s book is about a little girl who wants to know... Read more »

Allan Cooper: Featured Poet at Haviland Club Open Mic

New Brunswick poet and songwriter-musician Allan Cooper has played a key role in the region’s literary scene as founder of Owl’s Head Press and editor of Germination magazine. He will be the featured reader on Monday, May 11 at the Haviland Club’s 7 – 9 pm monthly reading series hosted by PEI’s Poet Laureate, Dianne... Read more »