Ecole Davis Road book store

New free library and book store set up by elementary school teacher and parent

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

Priya Battie put forward the idea to her son’s teacher, Mrs 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 Davis Road’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 to 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 for people to drop the children’s books into to be used as part of the function.

Battie is hoping that the new library is something that will last for evermore but 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.