This year Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. I have seen a lot of really great campaigns launched to celebrate Canada and this special year, and this week I had the delight of discovering one more at a place I hadn’t thought to look: at my library.
My local library has put out a challenge to all of its patrons: read 150 books this year in honour of Canada’s birthday. They’re using hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and even have a form on the library website for people who don’t use social media. Patrons are sharing pictures of the last book that they read and the library is giving away prizes to a lucky few.
My favourite part is that the library has put out a reading guide magazine that lists many great reading recommendations. It features a variety of themes including places, people, and age groups. The best part? They’ve flagged all of the Canadian authors with a maple leaf, and they have Canadian authors in all of the categories. I love that this guide was handed to me. I think it’s a great way for the library to be involved in such an important Canadian event!
I had already thought to myself that I wanted to read more Canadian works this year – it’s the ideal time to do it! Hearing about this campaign and flipping through the reading guide has motivated me even more. I already have my eye on several interesting books by Canadian authors, about Canadian culture, and with Canadian settings. I can’t wait to get reading.