The First Annual Buffalo Reading Invasion--a midsummer gathering that event organizer Geoff Schutte describes as "a way to celebrate our city’s passion for reading, celebrate our beautiful public spaces, and celebrate the power of our community"--is set for this Monday evening (July 23) between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Bidwell Parkway, in both directions off of Elmwood Avenue. The event is free and open to the public, which is invited to attend and show its support for reading and literacy as transformative forces in our culture and community.
Schutte, a high school teacher at Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo, recommends bringing a book, a chair, and several friends or family members for an hour of quiet reading and friendship under the trees on Bidwell. Nearby Talking Leaves Books on Elmwood has announced that one of its employees has agreed to run a story hour for the littlest children (and the not-so little ones who still enjoy being read to) in a special area under a tree on the west side of Elmwood set up for the group.
For more information about the Buffalo Reading Invasion, visit The Buffalo Reading Invasion Blog or the Buffalo Reading Invasion page on Facebook. If you have a specific question (or questions) about the nature of the event, e-mail organizer Geoff Schutte ([email protected]).