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Books on the Bus book drive kicks into gear on National Literacy Day

September 7, 2016 11:23 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deerians are asked to clear out their bookshelves starting on National Literacy Day, September 8, as part of a book drive aimed at continuing to provide free books to everyone riding Red Deer Transit.

Books on the Bus was launched in January as a six month pilot and its success has extended the program’s run until the end of 2016. In the first six months, approximately 4,000 books have been collected and distributed on eight Red Deer Transit buses and two mobile book carts at Sorensen Station. Funded by Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), the initiative is the first of its kind in Canada.

Residents are encouraged to donate all paperback books for children, youth, and adults to select City facilities. Children’s books are most needed. A regular supply of books is critical for the continued success of the program.

Book donation bins are located at the Collicutt Centre, Dawe Centre, Rec Centre, Culture Services (3827 39 Street) Centre, Sorenson Station, Pidherney Centre and Red Deer Child Care, with a new bin available at Red Deer City Hall.

Anyone riding on participating Red Deer Transit buses is encouraged to “Take it. Read it. Share it.” The project was spearheaded to encourage social engagement and reduce barriers to literacy.

Books on the Bus partners include Red Deer & District FCSS, Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (Capra), Cosmos, Red Deer Transit and Red Deer Public Library (RDPL).

RDPL’s Dawe branch marks Literacy Day with an event Thursday evening. See details.

See www.reddeer.ca/booksonthebus for more information.

­For more information, please contact:

Bobby Jo Stannard
Program Coordinator – Social Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-356-8890

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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