Columneetza Secondary Student Jake Stewart with one of the two new Bright Red Bookshelves he and other woodworking students helped to build for the program.

Columneetza Secondary Student Jake Stewart with one of the two new Bright Red Bookshelves he and other woodworking students helped to build for the program.

Students build new bright red bookshelves

Bright Red Bookshelves provide an important stimulus to encourage children to read.

Bright Red Bookshelves provide an important stimulus to encourage children to read.

Children’s books are provided free for  children and families at various public locations in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House.

Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy relies on volunteers to build these book shelves.

This year, Andrew Hutchinson, a Columneetza wood-work teacher, has some of his older students building two new bookshelves for the program.

This will allow us to start one new Bright Red Bookshelf location here and one in 100 Mile House in the next few weeks.

The shelves will be painted their characteristic “fire engine red” by other volunteers.  The plan for the shelves was adapted from the website of The Family Reading Partnership of Ithaca, New York.

The Bright Red Bookshelves in Williams Lake can be found at Atwood Clinic, Botanio Mall, Cariboo Eye Care Clinic, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Court Services building (second floor), Cariboo Memorial Complex arena and pool, and the Gymnastics Club.

We always need more gently used children’s books to keep the bookshelves full.

Donations can be left at any of these locations, at elementary schools, Curves, the public library and Heartland Toyota, which is our central collection location.

Reading to babies and young children helps them to learn new words and develop an understanding of the world around them.

April is Book Drive Month.

Help us to promote the habit of life-long reading.


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