Students will build mini-libraries

$1,500 grant from the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Literacy Task Force to enhance literacy in Ladysmith

Ladysmith will be giving people more opportunities to spread their love of reading with the community by working with local high school students to create miniature libraries around town.

Ladysmith Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) has received a $1,500 grant from the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Literacy Task Force to enhance literacy in Ladysmith, and PRC staff would like to use this funding to provide mini-library kiosks, council learned Feb. 2.

Staff will work with the Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS) woodworking class to design, build and install up to four mini-library kiosks on Town of Ladysmith properties. Clayton Postings, the Town’s director of PRC, says this initiative will increase public awareness relating to literacy. The kiosks will be stocked with used books donated by the community, which can be shared and exchanged by the general public, he explained, noting PRC staff will  maintain the kiosks as necessary.

PRC staff have looked at Town-owned properties and come up with four preferred locations: the Frank Jameson Community Centre lobby, Aggie Hall, Transfer Beach Park, and one panel of the three-panel poster kiosk at the Ladysmith Post Office.

Coun. Duck Paterson wondered if the Town had talked to Salamander Books about this yet because the store deals with a lot of used books. Mayor  Aaron Stone didn’t think they had, but he noted this idea is still in the first stage.

“I think there may be some other ideas that come forward to this table, but I’m sure staff will take that under advisement,” he said.

Council would also like staff to look into locating a kiosk at the south end of town.

“These are the highest-profile locations,” Postings told council. “There is a definite possibility we could work with LSS to add a fifth location.”