Lesley Croghan’s students at École Davis Road are all smiles as they unveil the school’s new book store for students and the community. Students are seen here with Croghan (back

Ecole Davis Road Elementary sharing books with community

Students and anyone from the community will soon be able to borrow and exchange books at the school for free.

École Davis Road Elementary in Ladysmith is on the brink of opening up a new book store.

Priya Battie put forward the idea to her son’s teacher, Lesley Croghan, at the school, and a new, free, library-style function will soon become available to the community.

“We wanted to promote reading and be able to share books in the community,” said Battie, who is on École Davis Road (EDR)’s Parent Advisory Council. “There’s lots of free library boxes around the community, and I thought it would be great to have one at the school.”

The project is looking for “mostly children’s books,” and anyone is allowed to donate a book to the school.

The new store/library will permit students and anyone interested to get a hold of a book free of charge, and then it can be returned upon finishing reading.

Alternatively, one can keep a particular book that is picked up and drop off another book that they’ve outgrown or finished for others to enjoy.

“Mrs. Croghan thought it was a wonderful idea,” said Battie. “The kids will feel part of bringing something to the community, and we plan to construct a little schoolhouse structure that they will be involved with by painting and sanding it.”

A box will be placed outside Mrs. Croghan’s classroom into which people can drop the children’s books to be used as part of the function.

Battie is hoping that the new library is something that will last for evermore, but she warned of the uncertainty surrounding reconstruction within School District 68.

“I don’t know what the future holds, but this is something that we’ll be able to put back into the community nevertheless. It will always be involved,” said Battie.

The school is located at 444 Parkhill Terrace in Ladysmith