Books on the Bus now on BOLT
Free books are now available for BOLT Transit riders in both Lacombe and Blackfalds as part of the Books on the Bus program. (Photo supplied)
Transit riders can now get connected with free reading material as they ride BOLT Transit buses.
Lacombe and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and Blackfalds FCSS launched their program last week in conjunction with the unveiling of the Blackfalds Community Centre expansion and the Grand Opening of the Parent Link Centre.
“This is an exciting partnership that continues to grow and thrive,” said Sue Bornn, Blackfalds FCSS manager. “The Books on the Bus program on BOLT Transit is just another great example of how all our communities benefit when we work together.”
The program is a partnership through a number of dfferent groups, including Red Deer Transit, City of Lacombe, Town of Blackfalds, Lacombe and Blackfalds FCSS and both the Mary C. Moore Library and Blackfalds Public Library.
“We look forward to putting books into the hands of people who do not visit a traditional brick-and-mortar library,” said Mary C. Moore Public Library Head Librarian Christina Petrisor. “No memberships, no overdue fees, just access to great free reading materials. What a great way to promote literacy.”
Books on the Bus began as a six month pilot project in January 2016 in Red Deer. Four buses were stocked with reading materials, and in May, that was increased to eight.
It’s a program now being explored in Banff, Medicine Hat, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Yellowknife.
Officially, it’s now in Lacombe and Blackfalds, providing free, new and gently used paperback books for all ages.
Donated books for readers of all ages will be accepted at three locations in Lacombe, including the library, Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex and City Hall.
In Blackfalds, books will be accepted at the library, Abbey Centre, and the Blackfalds Multi-plex Arena.
It is asked that donations are in good condition and include popular fiction and nonfiction suitable for children, teens, and adults.
Library staff will collect the books, sticker the covers and send them to Red Deer Transit for restocking of buses and bins.
For more information on the Books on the Bus program, contact one of the following:
• Mary C. Moore Public Library: (403)782-3433
• Blackfalds Public Library: (403)885-2343
• Lacombe & District FCSS: (403)782-6637
• Blackfalds FCSS: (403)600-9066