Anita Parker of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 228 in Hope presents volunteer coordinator Deb Ireland with a cheque to support the Teddy Bear Book Bin program

Anita Parker of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 228 in Hope presents volunteer coordinator Deb Ireland with a cheque to support the Teddy Bear Book Bin program

Teddy Bear Book Bin encourages youth to read

The Teddy Bear Book Bin program supports children’s early experiences with books and reading.

The Teddy Bear Book Bin program supports children’s early experiences with books and reading and helps children prepare for school, setting them up for success later in life.

Good quality children’s books, from board books for babies through to chapter books for early readers, are placed in locations where an adult and child may have to wait for services, like dentist offices, banks and restaurants — like Rolly’s.

The goal of the program is to engage the child in reading and reading activities. Exposing babies and children to books increases vocabulary and makes it easier for them to learn to read later on. Just as important, sharing books provides children with warm and nurturing interactions with the adults they care about. Reading just 15 minutes a day makes a big difference in a child’s life.

Volunteer Coordinator  Deb Ireland says, “We’re not concerned if books ‘go walkabout’ because the goal of the program is to promote reading. If a child wants to take a book home, we absolutely encourage that! And we also truly appreciate the support of those business owners and managers who support community literacy through their acceptance of a Book Bin for the use of their customers.”

The Teddy Bear Book Bin program is sponsored by the Hope Early Years Committee and is funded by Success by Six and community donations.

If you would like a bin at your location, or have questions, contact the Book Bin Program coordinator, Deb Ireland at 604-869-0999 or 604-869-2313.