Julie Muttitt checks out the books at the Book Bin at the Sooke Family Resource Society (2145 Townsend Rd.).

Book it! Free books for everyone

Donations of books make it possible to read - a lot

There are free books to be had throughout our town, available to anyone in our community. It’s called the Book Bin, and it’s been around since 2011.

The Book Bin Program delivers a wide variety of books for all ages from various locations in Sooke.

In December 2009, Sooke Literacy Project hosted a Book Drive and the response was overwhelming, with over 4,000 books collected.

These books are in various locations around town, including the Sooke Family Resource Centre, Stick in the Mud, the T’Sou-ke Health Office, and SEAPARC.

Books are in well-marked boxes (and bookshelves) filled with books. Readers are welcome to to take them home and enjoy with your family. Any book you choose is yours until you no longer want it. You can return it to any of the Book Bin locations, or pass it on to someone else to enjoy! Bins are replenished every month, so you have new books to choose from.

There are child-oriented Book Bins at The Stick in the Mud coffee shop, on the floor at the CASA building, and at Strong Start at John Muir elementary school. There are also some children’s books in the bin at SEAPARC.

Smaller donations can be left in the Book Bins themselves; if anyone has a larger donation, please contact Jodie at 250-580-2252 or sookeliteracy@gmail.com.

According to last year’s literacy plan, “Approximately 5,200 books were distributed by the Book Bin program in 2011-12, based on average of 50 books distributed every second week in each of 4 book bins; community feedback about this program is excellent and frequent; three dedicated volunteers now manage this program on behalf of SRLP and the LOC. “

If you wish to donate new and/or gently used books for the Book Bin Program, donate them to a box nearest you.

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