Hazelton's Book Bus Builds Community


The Hazelton Book Bus' outreach mission says it all: "FREE BOOKS FOR EVERYONE, NO STRINGS ATTACHED."  

A partnership between local literacy group Learners Opportunity Group Society (LOGS) and Northwest Community College and funded through the Community Adult Literacy Program from the Ministry of Advanced Education, the bus itself was a gift from the Lillooet Public Library. It has proved to be an impactful means for the Hazelton District Public Library to connect with their widespread community.

Ruth Cooper, assistant librarian at HDPL, is the coordinator of the Book Bus for LOGS. "The intention of the service is to destigmatize literacy and illiteracy," explains Ruth.  "You don't need to have money in your pocket because all the books are free to keep, and you don't need transportation to get them because we come to you."  Ruth notes that this works particularly well for residential school survivors and their families, who face a number of barriers in accessing material from traditional venues. 

All books, audio books, DVDs and children's games are donations from the library as well as from a variety of community groups and individuals. Some of the library outreach programs delivered by the Book Bus include Summer Reading Clubs, participation at Toddler Fairs and other community events, and the distribution of library, college and community information.

As one grateful participant wrote to Ruth, "...the book bus gave me back the love of reading to learn something new, and for this I can never say how much this program works..."

For more information on the Hazelton Book Bus, contact Ruth Cooper at the Hazelton Public Library: 
250-842-5961 or 

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