The new Give and Take Bookshelf at The Salvation Army Food Bank has been out for only 10 days but it has already been restocked three times.
The bookshelf, which has books and magazines for children, youth and adults, is part of For the Love of Reading, a multi-project initiative aimed at making reading material available to as many people as possible.
The bookshelf was funded by VantageOne Credit Union and built by Matt Levere, a volunteer firefighter with the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department. The shelf will be kept stocked with donated books and magazines by volunteers from the Canadian Federation of University Women — Vernon.
“Reading is food for the mind, so to me it’s a perfect fit to have it here at the Food Bank,” said Phil Franco of The Salvation Army.
“We are encouraging people to read for enjoyment and the books have just been flying off the shelves. People are excited about it and they are using it.”
There will be more Give and Take Bookshelves at other locations around the community.
Donations for the Give and Take Bookshelf can be made at the food bank. For more information about the project, contact Amy Doylend at the Junction Literacy Centre at 250-549-2216.