Schools, early childhood programs, shelters, faith-based programs and other organizations across P.E.I. that serve children up to 18 years of age could be eligible to receive hundreds of free books.
All they need to do, explains Wellington and Area Boys and Girls Club Executive Director, Michele MacDonald, is encourage their staff to register with First Book Canada by mid-September (approximately Sept. 20).
The Boys and Girls Club is partnering with First Book Canada, a national non-profit based in Ontario that provides new books to children and youth for free.
“It is important for each staff member to register ASAP, to not miss out on this amazing opportunity to receive up to 200 books each to give directly to our Island children and youth for free,” MacDonald stresses.
First Book Canada considers access to books to be one of the most important factors affecting literacy.
Because there is no cap on how many staff from the various children and youth-centered organizations and institutions can register, MacDonald said, so some organizations could pick up a lot of free books.
Ten pallets of French books have already arrived to await distribution and English books will be arriving soon. Staff members can register online at www.fbmpcanada.org/register or by calling Tessa from First Book Canada at 1-866.732-3669, ext. 0255.
Book distribution, to registered staff members from the children and youth-centered entities only, will be held over a two-day period in October.
MacDonald said the Boys and Girls Club is also actively looking for volunteers who can help organize and set out the books at the Miscouche Recreation Centre on Oct. 11 and with the actual distribution on Oct. 12 and 13. Volunteers must also register in advance.
Anyone seeking information about eligibility or volunteering can contact MacDonald at 902-854-3174.