Swift Current Library Board Launches Free “Book Nooks”


Project aims to spread the joy of reading in Swift Current

The Swift Current Branch Library Board has launched a pilot project, Community Book Nooks – bookshelves of free books in five locations within Swift Current: The Canadian Mental Health Association, The Salvation Army, Southwest Crisis Services, Fresh Start, and Dorie’s House.

The goal of the Swift Current Branch Library Board’s Community Book Nooks is to make books and other reading material readily accessible for people who may have barriers to using the library or buying books. Having easy access to reading material is important for literacy, and it brings joy to people lives.

People may take books for free from the Community Book Nooks; they can keep them, or pass them on to another reader. Book Nook books never need to be returned to the library.

The Library Board stocks its Community Book Nooks with a wide variety of books, including children’s books, young adult books, and adult reading material. The Books Nooks are stocked with books that have been donated or that are no longer needed in the library collection. The Community Books Nooks are restocked on a regular basis by Library Board volunteers.

The Swift Current Library Board’s Community Book Nooks have been well used in the short few months since they began. So far, we have given away over 200 books, says board member Sharon Peters. “This project is one more way that the Swift Current Branch Library can strengthen and sustain lifelong learning in our communities.”

According to Sarah Laybourne, Program Coordinator at the Swift Current Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, “the Community Book Nook provides a variety of books for our participants to read, enjoy, share or keep. It has been great to have the Community Book Nook at CMHA SC.”

The Swift Current Library Board’s Community Book Nook pilot project began in the fall of 2016 and will be reviewed in the fall of 2017 to determine future plans and possible additional sites.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Branch Manager Andrea McCrimmon at 306-778-2752.

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