2013 was the 100 year anniversary of Saskatoon Public Library. The librarians came up with a number of activities to celebrate the library with the community.
I was on the committee that worked on a summer program we called “100 Hundred Favourite Places to Read”.
How we pitched the program to the public:
100 Favourite Places to Read
Where is your favourite place to read? Is it in the bath? In Kinsmen Park? At a library branch? SPL is celebrating 100 years of serving our great city. Help us celebrate by sharing your favourite places to read in Saskatoon.
In July and August tell us your five favourite places to read and we will add them to our list. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter (@stoonlibrary using #spl100fav), by email, or fill out an entry form in person at any library location. Participants will be entered to win one of four $100 gift certificates from McNally Robinson.
Here below is a map of unique places to read around the city. We’ll reveal the complete list on September 8, International Literacy Day. Perhaps you’ll find a new favourite place to read!
Saskatonians Love to Read in These Places!
Metro News did a news article on this project, interviewing me. You can read it here
We collected entries from the public over the months of July and August, then created a custom Google Map with the coordinates listed. We did a countdown of the top 5 places voted on in the city leading upto International Literacy Day on September 8th, 2013. We had asked for the favourite places to read in Saskatoon, but we came across entries from across Canada and the world! Some of my favourite entries however were not a defined place, but “reading with my grandmother”, “with my cats”, or “in my reading chair”.
You can check out the map here