About READ IN Week

About READ IN Week

What is READ IN Week?


The READ IN Week initiative began when UNESCO declared 1990 The Year of Literacy. Rallied by Esther Starkman, representatives from Edmonton Catholic Schools, Edmonton Public Schools and NorQuest joined forces to raise awareness of the importance of literacy. Various partners have become involved in READ IN Week throughout the years, including the Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord, post-secondary institutions, media outlets, Edmonton Public Library and the City of Edmonton. READ IN Week partners seek to share their love of reading with all members of our community.

Although literacy and learning events occur throughout the year, READ IN Week is a special time to celebrate reading. READ IN Week emphasizes sharing your love of reading with others, introducing friends and family to your favourite books and treating reading as a community event rather than just a solitary pursuit. Read alouds and storytimes are the bread and butter of READ IN Week, whether taking place virtually, in a school, a library, a community agency, or at home.

When is READ IN Week? 

READ IN Week always falls on the first full week of October. 

How do I get involved?

Initiate a READ IN Week activity at your local library, school, workplace or community organization. Be a guest reader in a local classroom. Get connected with a school by contacting one of the school boards. Let them know if you are willing to read in a language other than English.

Is READ IN Week on social media?

Yes click the icons below! You can also use the hashtag #ReadInWeek on social media and tag @ReadInWeek on Twitter and @READINWeekyeg on Facebook.