The Western Fair Ground has a driveway where buses drive in, drop off, and turn around. Festival Volunteers will help ensure kids get off/on buses safely at the beginning and end of the day.
The Festival has onsite games and stations where they can win prizes. Festival Volunteers ensure that readers form lines in an orderly fashion, get stamps after they have played (they only get one prize at each game), and safe guard prizes.
Several Festival Volunteers are at each game station to cover bathroom breaks and maintain order. This is a high-energy station: Festival Volunteers are encouraged to be outgoing, friendly, and fun with the kids participating.
Author/Illustrator Workshop Festival Volunteer
Each author/illustrator is assigned one Festival Volunteer to assist with their workshop. The Festival Volunteer is their consistent contact and assistant. Though the authors/illustrators will know the committee members they have been working with, they will be busy with their ceremonies.
In the morning, introduce yourself and check to see if there’s anything they need. It is important to say that you are there to be of assistance and escort them to their workshop. Arrange a meeting time and place before their session. Authors often spend time in the Green Room before their session.
Please escort the author/illustrator to their workshop and check to see that they have everything they need, including water. Once the author/illustrator is ready to begin, help students enter in an orderly fashion. You can stay to attend the workshop, or wait at least 20 minutes to be certain things are running smoothly.
A highlight of the Festival for the students is getting autographs from their favourite authors/illustrators. The authors/illustrators have assigned seating and autograph times. The chaperones will have an autographing schedule. While on site, please familiarize yourself with the schedule.
The line-ups for autographs get very lengthy and need to be monitored. Ensure that readers AND chaperones are being fair and that authors/illustrators are comfortable and safe. When the Author/Illustrator lines get too lengthy or to wrap-up the signing, you will cut the line off and direct the flow of readers.
Readers can choose from a variety of Forest of Reading® temporary tattoos. Festival Volunteers will help children choose a tattoo and apply it. Limit is one tattoo per reader.
Readers can come here to trade a book that they won as a prize with any other book. Festival Volunteers should monitor the area closely to ensure that readers come and go with only ONE book.
Readers can make ONE button with one of our button making machines. The readers will design their button faces, but Festival Volunteers will do the actual button making assembly with our quick and very easy to use machines. Festival Volunteers will also provide instruction to the readers and help with the paper punch, which cuts circles to the correct size for the machine.
Giant Word Game
Like Bananagrams or Scrabble, readers can spell words, add to words, or change them up completely with big 12-inch square yellow letter tiles. Festival Volunteers will monitor the area, keep it tidy and offer encouragement to readers.