Today we kick off our freshest effort yet at PLCMC here in NC–Paint the Town Read! The Paint the Town Read initiative all started with a couple of key thoughts: What if we morphed the idea of “family literacy” into “community literacy?” And if we did that how could we make it very obvious? Mental gears started turning, and finally the day is here where we launch all of the other thoughts, actions, planning, dreaming and doing out into the Charlotte & Mecklenburg area. If you live in the area, look for these signs to start popping up. Anyone in the world can see images that community members have posted of themselves with their “We helped paint the town READ!” signs on the Paint the Town Read Web Page! Check out all the programs, experiences and events we’ve developed around the commitments to support reading, build community connections and learn & play together. You can do this in your community, too. I’ll gladly share all the planning info, vendors used, program ideas, you name it. Now back to “painting…”
1. To support something they believe in.
2. To be a part of a bigger world, a bigger “something happening.”
3. To have their faces seen and their voices heard.
These are three simple but oh-so true qualities we’re committed to remembering when we unleash “Paint The Town Read” on February 14.
The thing to support: reading for fun.
The bigger something: the whole area will have the opportunity to celebrate together and watch signs pop up in yards and windows across the region.
The way to have your face seen: take pictures of yourself or your family with your sign and upload the images (yourself!) to flickr and we’ll pull those tagged with “plcmcpaint” into a slideshow that lives right on our web site. (Thanks Louisville Free Public for the yard sign idea!)
There are several other bells and whistles we’re planning. To get the simple gist of this initiative, we’ve put up a very simple Paint the Town Read web page. It’s still evolving, so stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted as we move forward! The painting begins on February 14 and goes until our giant Red-Read Party at ImaginOn on April 18 (yes, that’s National Library Week!).
Here’s to celebrating our community, reading, and public libraries!