A free book fair for wildfire victims saw success on Dec. 9, when retired primary teacher Terry Hathaway opened the doors of Youth For Christ to anyone looking to collect some books.
Hathaway spent weeks collecting donated children’s books from people around Williams Lake in the hopes of helping families who lost their homes restock their libraries.
With help from friends and family, Hathaway sorted the books into categories, made sure they were in good shape and then finally, welcomed families to come replenish their book collections.
The book fair was the second incarnation of Hathaway’s attempt to get books to families after she had invited individuals to come one by one to pick out their books.
About four families stopped by during the day on Saturday.
“I just really want to get these books back into the community before Christmas,” said Hathaway.
She’s still working to get books to those in need.
She invites anyone impacted by the wildfires looking for books to get in touch with her before Dec. 17 by calling her at home at 250-398-9180 or on her cell at 250-267-4405.
“Don’t hesitate to contact me, I’m not too busy to give away books,” she said.
Otherwise, the books Hathaway has left over she’ll be donating to various agencies around town.
When she spoke with the Tribune, she’d been in touch with the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy and the Bright Red Bookshelf. She was also hoping to talk to other agencies in need of books so that the many children’s books she’s collected will find their ways to new homes.