PRESS RELEASE: Community comes together to share books

TIMMINS: MONDAY, June 5, 2017


Great Book Boxes are coming to a neighbourhood near you!

Community members have been working all winter on plans to construct four book boxes.  The book sharing movement has been growing around the world recently and soon, Timmins will have their very own little boxes.  The book box concept is simple: take a book, return a book and/or donate a book.

The idea was born when Porcupine Book Club members were informed that the Library had received a small donation in memory of a former teacher and club member. Shortly after, a group of interested parties joined together and have been working diligently on making this project a reality. They felt this would be a wonderful community initiative to help promote literacy throughout the community.

As the leading literacy advocate for all ages, the Timmins Public Library is pleased to support this initiative.

The Timmins Public Library’s two locations, where staff are available to assist and where thousands of titles are available at your fingertips, will continue to be the community’s main resource for literacy-based materials, programs and services.  Members of the Timmins Public Library Board believe these little book boxes will help foster a love of reading and in turn encourage the public to become active members of the Library. Each “Great Book Box” will contain a Library brochure listing available programs and services.

“It’s interesting because each box has been built with a local spin: for example the box in Schumacher is in the shape of a Head Frame” advised Mary Gardner of the Porcupine Book Club.  The boxes have been designed by local citizen Norm Beaudry and constructed by students of the TH&VS shop class.  Teacher Barry Trebilcock communicated that his students were very enthusiastic about participating in this project.  Members of the Porcupine Art Club are completing the boxes with beautiful artwork.

The boxes will be filled with all types of books for adults and children, fiction and non-fiction and will be monitored by local volunteers.  The selected locations for the boxes are: Pinecrest Public School, Bannerman Park, McIntyre Park and Gillies Lake.

This project has been a community effort, involving the Porcupine Book Club, TH&VS, the Porcupine Art Club, the Timmins Native Friendship Centre, the Timmins Public Library and some interested citizens.  Feldman Timber, Timmins Building Supplies and Home Depot each donated material for the construction of the book boxes.  The City of Timmins has equally been a helpful supporter, offering to install the posts for the boxes.

The first “Great Book Box” will be installed at Pinecrest Public School in June while the three other boxes will be installed in July.  If you want to have a sneak peek, three of the boxes will be displayed in the windows of Buckovetsky’s from June 24, to July 2nd.

For more information, please contact:

Mary Gardner, Porcupine Book Club, 705-264-0915

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