Book program takes hold

Enderby looking at little structures where people can pick up reading material and add new books.

Literacy is being given a boost in Enderby.

Mayor Greg McCune is promoting a community book exchange — bird house-like structures where people can pick up reading material and add new books.

“It’s a feel good thing and it suits our community,” he said.

“We have a very walkable community and people could pick up something to read while walking.”

The city may provide the supplies for the houses but they would be constructed by community groups and residents would donate the books.

“We have identified places for the boxes close to seniors residences and schools,” said McCune.

Support for the project comes from Coun. Tundra Baird.

“It makes reading accessible to everyone and I have been in communities where they have them,” she said.

“Seeing them brings a smile to my face and it creates community spirit.”

Baird is Enderby’s representative to Okanagan Regional Library but she doesn’t believe the book exchange will take away from library services.

“The people using the book kiosks also use the library,” she said.

“When there are limited library branch houses, this provides an opportunity to read more.”