Books on the Bus connects Red Deer Transit riders with free books to enjoy during their commute, on a lunch break or anywhere they have time to read.
Transit riders are encouraged to take a book from the free mini libraries found on board select Red Deer Transit buses. Each library will have a range of genres available for all ages and reading abilities including children’s books, graphic novels and fiction and non-fiction for adults. Riders can take a book, read it and share it with others or return it back to the free mini library when they are finished reading.
This initiative is the first of its kind in Alberta. The intent is to remove barriers of access to books, encourage reading in the community and build social connections. The initiative is part of Small Acts Matter, a campaign that reminds us of the importance of doing small but meaningful activities together, small acts, and how they can support children, youth, families, seniors and communities in Central Alberta.
“Among City Council’s strategic priorities is citizen friendly government and accessible community. The City is therefore always looking for ways to provide individuals and families better, user friendly access to City services and programs.” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Transit naturally provides affordable access to help the public be mobile, earn a living, and attend school. And libraries – even small, mobile ones such as “Books on the Bus” – provide equal access to affordable reading, and all of the benefits reading affords us knowing that literacy is a foundation for personal and community success.”
The six month trial of the Books on the Bus program rolled out today with mini libraries aboard four city transit busses. The libraries will be restocked daily by volunteers from Cosmos. Donations of books can be dropped off at Red Deer Public Library locations.
Special thanks to our partner organizations: Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA), Cosmos, Red Deer Public Library and Red Deer Transit.
For more information, please contact:
Social Planning Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer