The Bright Red Bookshelf programs in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House give children in our area access to good books by sharing new and gently used children’s books FREE for families to own. Books are collected in red crates at community locations and through book drives. These books are then sorted, cleaned, labeled, and set out on bright red bookshelves at sites where families will have easy access to them.
Book ownership is important in fostering an interest in reading and a love for books. If parents are to read to their children, they need the books to do so. Children feel pride in owning their own books. They develop confidence and a love for reading when books are easily within reach and can be read again and again.
The bookshelves were built by local high school students, teachers and volunteers. Volunteers at Cedar Crest Society for Community Living in 100 Mile House and the Williams Lake Association for Community Living tend the bookshelves, sort, clean, and mend book donations. Twenty-four book shelves are out in the communities to serve families. More than 10,800 books are distributed by the Bright Red Bookshelf program annually: more than 500/month in WL and 400/month in OMH.
If you are interested in being a bookshelf host, donating, volunteering, or want more information, please call School District No. 27 South End Early Years Coordinator, Shelly @ 250-395-9303, Claire Schreiner @ 250-398-4173 in Williams Lake or Mel Newcombe @ 250-945-4199 in 100 Mile House.
Williams Lake & Area Locations
- Barton Insurance
- Boitanio Mall
- Cariboo Eye Care Clinic
- Cariboo Memorial Arena
- Cariboo Memorial Pool
- CC Gymnastics Club
- Child Development Centre
- Community Services Co-op
- Government Building
- Heartland Toyota
- Immigrant & Multicultural Services
- Ministry of Children and Family Development
- Mountview Elementary School
- Cariboo Friendship Society – Pregnancy Outreach Program (need a small shelf)
- Atwood Medical Clinic/Yorston Medical Clinic (removing 1 small shelf to OMH)
100 Mile & Area Locations
- Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre
- Eliza Archie Memorial School (we’re not supplying books)
- Forest Grove School
- Horse Lake School
- Lac la Hache School
- Mile 108 School
- Ministry of Children and Families (needs a small shelf)
- South Cariboo Recreation Centre
- Bright Red Book Bins @ StrongStart in 100 Mile House Elementary
Thank you to the Family Reading Partnership in Ithaca NY, 1997 for the inspiration and roadmap for this program. Thanks to CCPL for funding Bright Red Bookshelf!
100 Mile House area
T: (250) 395-9303
100 Mile House area
T: (250) 791-5720
Williams Lake area
T: (250) 398-4173