Our team of staff members celebrated the beginning of summer with an afternoon of fun in the sun. We headed over to Reworks where we rented our two-wheeled transportation for the day. We met our lovely tour guide and set off to explore the city.
Our first stop was Reader Rock Garden. We hopped off our bikes and explored one of Calgary’s most unique cultural landscapes with rock pathways, bridge, benches and beautiful flowers. This historic garden is a tribute to one man’s passion for plants and beauty. William Roland Reader was the Superintendent for Calgary Parks from 1913 – 1942 who transformed a bare hillside into an internationally-acclaimed garden.
Next, we pedalled our way over to Sidewalk Citizen Bakery to pick up our bagged lunch of sandwiches, salads and a homemade cookie! With our lunches in tow, we made our way to St. Patrick Island where we chowed down. But a Calgary Reads outing wouldn’t be complete without a Book Drop, and the island with its hordes of students on field trips was the perfect location.
What’s a Book Drop?
A Book Drop is a fun activity where we simply leave books around the city. Each book has a sticker inviting the person who discovers it to take it home. It’s a free book for someone to find and enjoy!
After lunch, we toured through Prince’s Island and made our way back to Reworks to drop off our bikes.
We finished off the day at the Children’s Reading Place in Inglewood. Our fantastic Readers in Residence, Christine and Terry, treated us to ice cream and a play. Christine shared the story of Mrs Armitage, a character from her childhood and a series she shared with her kids. And of course, Terry was brave enough to take on the role of Mrs Armitage.
In this delightful tale, Mrs Armitage On Wheels by Quentin Blake, Mrs Armitage sets off for a quiet cycle with her faithful dog, Breakspear, but she just can’t help thinking of ways to improve her bicycle. Before very long she has added three very loud horns, a bucket of water to wash her hands, a complete tool kit. And by the time she has also added a seat for Breakspear, two umbrellas, a cassette player and a mouth-organ, Mrs Armitage is riding a very eye-catching contraption. But it is when she finally adds the mast and sail, that Mrs Armitage really runs into trouble. . .
It was a wonderful celebration of another successful school year and celebrate the start of summer.
From all of us at Calgary Reads,
Have a wonderful summer!