Grant from D’Arcy-McGee MNA will launch first take-a-book/leave-a-book mini-library in Côte Saint-Luc

Cheque presentation for grant

Cheque presentation on April 9, 2015. From left to right: Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, Library Director Janine West, MNA David Birnbaum, Library Express and Community Outreach Coordinator Justin Burnham.

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library received a Volunteer Work Program (Soutien à l'action bénévole) grant from the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy-McGee, David Birnbaum on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

The $500 grant is for non-profit organizations that have an impact in the lives of D’Arcy-McGee residents and the island of Montreal community.

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will purchase and install a weatherproof mini-library that houses about 15 to 20 free books. Dubbed the Free Little Library, it will operate on the take-a-book/leave-a-book concept. However, the Library will ensure that the mini-libraries stay full. Library volunteers will keep the Free Little Library stocked with books donated to the library.

“We strive to make books available to every resident in Côte Saint-Luc,” said Justin Burnham, Library Express and Community Outreach Coordinator. “The Free Little Library is a way to expand opportunities for social engagement and bring library services to other parts of the city.”

The exact location of the Free Little Library hasn’t been decided, but will likely be placed in the south-western part of Côte Saint-Luc near the Kingsley Rd. area.

“Free Little Libraries promote literacy, a love of reading and helps to build a sense of community,” said Library Director Janine West. “This is a great community project and we appreciate the financial help from Mr. Birnbaum’s office to get this project off the ground.”

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