Over 160 attend Reading Round Up at Macaulay Village

Face painting was just some of the fun to be had at the 2023 Reading Round Up event at Macaulay Village. (Sarah Williams for PELC)

The third annual Reading Round Up was held in Macaulay Village July 27. Readers enjoyed the freshened-up playground equipment and much needed shade at London Avenue Park.

The round up started in 2020 as a way to promote child literacy and engage local residents in advocating for a better park. It has turned into a fun summer gathering in a much improved park.

Every year, the Prince Edward Learning Centre, County of Prince Edward Library and County Kids Read organize the event for community members to enjoy the park and meet their neighbours.

“There was a barbecue, face painting, balloon animals, button making, and free books from County Kids Read,” said PELC’s Jennifer Hunter. About 160 people came for the biggest reading round up yet.

Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Prince Edward OPP were in attendance. The Fire Department deployed their water curtain, fun for many Macaulay Village children.

Ms. Hunter noted the barbecue was made possible by donations from Metro, Giant Tiger, The County Farm Centre and No Frills.

“It truly was a great community event,” she said. “The Reading Round Up has become a summer tradition for Macaulay Village residents and we’re already excited for next year.”