Reading in the Wild

Reading in the Wild

Reading in the Wild

Jun 25 @ 5 PM - 8 PM MT FREE
Memorial Park (OUTDOORS) 1221 2 St SW
1221 2 St SW
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Wordfest and Calgary Public Library are excited to announce Reading in the Wild, Calgary’s first annual outdoor Read-A-Thon! Imagine Calgary’s most beautiful inner-city park bursting with people of all ages enjoying the simple pleasure of reading outside. It’s time to bring those books off the shelves and into the sunshine! This event is for everyone – children, teens, seniors, friends, neighbours, colleagues, even well-behaved pups. Readers of all ages will be welcome to bring a blanket and book (or borrow one on site!) to the Park, to read amongst fellow readers in the wild.

This free, all-ages community event takes place on June 25 in Central Memorial Park, home to Alberta’s oldest library – opened in 1912 with funding from Andrew Carnegie, it is now a still-thriving national historic site as well as Wordfest’s year-round performance space, where we connect the world’s best writers with the world’s best readers.  

You can bring your current read or we’ll supply the magic: You can choose from a specially curated selection from the Library's collection, organized by age and interests, which you are welcome to check out at any time from the fabulous Memorial Park Library staff. Don’t have a library card? You can sign up for a free one on the spot! 

“Icelanders have Jolabokaflod, where families read together on Christmas Eve,” says Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader. “We wanted to create something just as life-affirming for Calgarians, but we wanted to expand the circle to include loved ones and perfect strangers. Fortunately, the perfect place to gather to celebrate curiosity and community was right outside my office window: a unique event in Memorial Park, in collaboration with the Calgary Public Library, Wordfest’s founding partner."

“Our long-standing partnership with Wordfest allows the Library to reach new readers and celebrate a love of books in new ways, and this event is a perfect example of that,” says Steven Dohlman, Events and Program Partnerships Lead at Calgary Public Library. “Reading in the Wild is a fun way to experience the Library in a beautiful outdoor setting and foster community connection. It’s also a chance to learn more about our free services and programming and pick up a new summer read.”

This event is free but please RSVP to receive event updates and opportunities to maximize your Reading in the Wild experience with special offers closer to the event.

Picnic While You Pick Up a Book

Make the most of your outdoor reading experience with easy grab and go options from our amazing community partners and surrounding neighbours. 

Vendors within The District at Beltline (12th Ave and 2nd Street SW)

  • Takori (Asian Fusion Tacos & Burritos ) 
  • Burgers Near Me (Smash Burgers) 
  • Oishidesu Ramen Shack (Japanese Ramen Comfort Food) 
  • Roy’s Korean Kitchen (Korean Comfort Food with a Korean Twist) 
  • Greenfish (Sushi)
  • Oakberry (Smoothies and Acai Bowls)
  • Deville (Coffee and Small Café Bites) 
  • Central Taps + Food (North American Fare)

Other nearby vendors offering elevated to-go options:

  • I Love You Coffee Shop (Unique Cafe Offerings and Atmosphere)
    14th Ave & 4th Street
  • Native Tongues Taqueria (Elevated Mexican Street Food)
    12th Ave & 2nd Street

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