Children’s books needed

April is Bright Red Bookshelf Book Drive month in Williams Lake.

April is Bright Red Bookshelf Book Drive month in Williams Lake.

For the whole month of April the Bright Red Heartland Toyota Tundra truck will be  around town collecting books for the Bright Red bookshelves.

The Bright Red Bookshelf is a program that recirculates gently used children’s books into the community where they are made available free to families.

There are 12 bookshelves now in operation.

They are at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Arena, and Pool, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Boitanio Mall, Yorston Clinic, Cariboo Eye Care Clinic, CC Gymnastics Club, Child Development Centre, Community Services Co-op (Second Avenue), Heartland Toyota, Barton Insurance, Citizen and Immigration (First Avenue).

The truck visits schools where children have donated their own books.

Last year we recirculated over 5,000 books back into the hands of community children.

Children and parents must like the idea because since starting the program in 2009 we have received and given out over 20,000 books.

Community members can donate books at any of the Bright Red Bookshelf location in town.

There are one or two bins below the bookshelves where donations can be left.  If you have a lot of books to donate you can call us. Donations are also accepted at the Salt Jar thrift store or the public library.

Throughout the community there are gems sparking up the books so they can look great on the bookshelves.

There is the wonderful crew from the Association of Community Living making all the books new again by washing them, removing any marks, and restocking the shelves.

The Brownies have a Bright Red Book Shelf night.

Service Clubs have made cash donations for the purchase of new books to spruce up the shelves.

Heartland Toyota, since the beginning of the program is our major corporate sponsor.

We could not do this project without this level of community support so thank you all.

Part of the mission of the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) is to promote literacy through awareness and advocacy.

The BRB program does just that.

For more information about the Bright Red Bookshelf Program, CCPL or programs offered, please call Claire Schreiner (250-398-4173) or Lil Mack (250-392-6867).  We always have room for volunteers….big and small!