- Advertise the event one week
ahead of time with posters, radio announcements, word of mouth, and
invitations. (posters included in this package)
- Find a location for the event:
library, community hall, school, band office, church
- Ask people to bring books that
they would like to swap for other books.
- Prepare snacks for the families
that attend the event.
- Have people drop off their books
the evening before the event so that there is time to arrange them on tables.
Put adult books and children books in separate areas.
- Put a limit on the amount of
books that each family can take home depending on the number of books that you
- Set up a reading circle and have
a volunteer read to children. Look to your community for volunteers like the
band office, the Northern store employees, the RCMP detachment or your local
school. Encourage parents and children to read their new books together!
- Have a story telling time with
elders from the community.
- Have draws throughout the event
for prizes. (find sponsors in the community, contact the NWT Literacy Council
for children's book prizes)
- Hand out family literacy tips to
families and provide information on community literacy programs. (literacy tips
included in this package)