Marie Sharpe Elementary School students Elias Boyd

Marie Sharpe Elementary School students Elias Boyd

Bright Red Bookshelf encourages knowledge

Dr. Suess summed up the importance of reading: “The more that you read, the more things you will know.

Dr. Suess summed up the importance of reading:  “The more that you read, the more things you will know.

“The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

The Bright Red Bookshelf program strives to allow every child to own a book and to keep books circulating so that “no children’s book is ever lonely.”

Having books available at home and being read to regularly are significant factors in a child’s educational success. With this objective in mind, the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy started the Bright Red Bookshelf program in Williams Lake in 2009 after a successful introduction in the 100 Mile House area.

In 2011, more than 4,000 books were circulated through the nine Bright Red Bookshelf locations in Williams Lake. We rely on donations of gently used children’s books from the community to keep the bookshelves full. The April Book Drive is our most visible effort to collect books and we hope to see last year’s book drive total of 3,000-plus books, surpassed.

The Bright Red Bookshelf program is international in scope, with locations even as remote as a small Alaskan island, but all have the same objectives to match books with children at no cost to the family. Support our red bookshelves by donating children’s books at elementary schools, the public library, Heartland Toyota, Curves or bookshelf locations in the city.