The first day of school way back when we were kids was so simple, yet so exciting.
Your outfit had to be perfect and you hoped your mom or dad packed you the most amazing lunch.
Smiles on both the faces of parents and their eager-minded children could not be mistaken for anything but joy.
After a year or two of school, however, some of those smiles turned into scowls and frustration as we learned to read and write.
No doubt it appeared to be an ominous challenge staring at a book that was not 100 per cent picture-oriented. There were words in the book so many words that we were required to read.
Looking back at the efforts undertaken by teachers, parents and young students in the process of learning to enhance our reading skills, it now looks so simple, so laughable.
But without learning to read our lives would be much different than they are today.
That being said, reading is a simplified, sometimes overlooked aspect of what we do on a day-to-day basis.
The inaugural Reading Town Canada event that will be in Moose Jaw May 3-10 will provide an opportunity for readers of all generations and with an array of interests to turn reading into an everyday experience.
Citizens will have a plethora of opportunities to attend at daily events, such as the Book Worm Party on May 6 and listen to dueling poets on May 9. There will also be ongoing events, such as the chance to read numerous literary pieces in Crescent Park and seek out the Town Crier, who will deliver poetry at surprise locations throughout the city.
Reading Town is also expected to provide opportunities for families to experience reading together, and in a unique way.
Take advantage of all the Reading Town opportunities to bring back the exuberant child in you who love to read, even if you are 20s, 40, 60s, or 80s.
Reading is fun, so enjoy the array of reading activities associated with Reading Town.
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