A new addition to the South Cariboo Farmers’ Market is aiming to get books into the hands of local children.
The Bright Red Bookshelf – an initiative of Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy – will be on hand at each Friday market for parents and young ones to take home a book for free.
“Last year, we collaborated with the StoryWalk, offering children a farmers’ market treat once they completed the book,” said market manager Amanda Patterson. “This year, with the new location it changed our closeness to the walk, but literacy is still a valuable part of the community, so when CCPL offered to have 50 books available for free each week, I welcomed the addition.”
The bookshelf had previously been located inside the South Cariboo Rec Centre, according to CCPL’s Kimberly Vance-Lundsbye, but will now be on display in the manager’s tent at each week’s market.
“It will be stocked every Friday with free books for babies to pre-teens to be distributed at the farmers’ market in its new location,” Vance-Lundsbye said. “Parents can help their child choose a book to take home and read together.”
Donations of books for children and youth that are in good condition will also be accepted, Vance-Lundsbye added, noting they can be placed in the bottom drawer of the shelf.
To find out more about the Bright Red Bookshelf program, visit www.caribooliteracy.com