Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. | 11am - 5pm

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Get Involved

Whether you’re part of an organization or just a good old-fashioned book lover, there have always been opportunities to get involved with The Word On The Street. Read below for the best ways to be a part of the biggest book and magazine festival in Canada.

The Word On The Street Festival offers a variety of work experience for volunteers who want to help us make this year’s festival a success. It’s a great opportunity to be part of one of the largest outdoor festivals in Lethbridge and to contribute to your community. There is plenty of work to be done! And it can’t be done without your help — we would be nothing without our dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers.

Here’s where we need help:


Site set-up  (8-10 Volunteers)

8:00 – 10:00 am

You will be involved with the set-up of:

  • Chairs and tables in exhibitor and author tents
  • Placing and hanging signs
  • Friends of the LPL Book Sale
  • other things as required

Exhibitor Set-up  (5-6 Volunteers)

8:00-11:00 am

Your job is to guide exhibitors to their proper booth within the marketplace tents and help them carry items to their space if needed. We will also require some people to direct vehicles while exhibitors are unloading in order to ensure everyone’s safety. This is especially important in the food area as the food trucks/carts can get quite large. You will also be answering any questions they might have.


Walkarounds and Crowd Counting  (8-10 Volunteers)

Shift work: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; 2:00 – 5:00 pm

You’ll be counting the crowd. The day of the festival you’ll be given a map that shows the different counting zones, as well as, a schedule of when you need to complete the counts. It is difficult to count a crowd of people, so just do your best. DO NOT count festival guests at the performance stage area.

Other tasks:

  • Encouraging festival guests to participate in upcoming author talks, workshops and activities.
  • Directing festival guests and answering their questions.
  • Handing out programs, survey leaflets and scavenger hunt cards.
  • Answer exhibitor questions.


Face Painting  (10-12 Volunteers)

Shift work: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; 1:00 – 3:00 pm; 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Let your creative side shine and make the kids’ day by bringing their favorite animal or design to life through the art of Face Painting!

Face-painting is offered for FREE to festival guests and is a very popular Festival item.

Volunteers are asked to work at whatever your skill/comfort level is.


Site Clean-Up  (8-10 Volunteers)

5:00 – 7:00 pm

You will be involved with the clean-up and removal of:

  • Chairs and tables from tents
  • Signage
  • Friends of the LPL Book Sale
  • other things as required


Please fill out the volunteer registration form below and we will contact you with further information about becoming a volunteer for 2019. You can also contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Whitney Bullock, by email at whitney@pinktieevents.ca or by phone at 403-795-4330