The Interact Club of Golden announced that they’ve completed their project to install mini libraries in town parks.
So far two parks in town have had the mini libraries installed. Gusher’s Spray Park and Kinsman Park had the libraries installed this past weekend and the third one will be installed in Parson Community Park in the Regional District in the coming weeks.
The goal behind the “Libraries in the Park” project is to encourage reading for all ages and to give everyone a chance to pick up a book while spending an afternoon at the park.
The concept is simple. Take a book and leave a book. You can take a book home, read it and then bring it back, you can return a different book, and you can also leave outgrown children books. The main idea is to have a variety of age appropriate books for the community to consume.
The idea for the mini libraries came after International Relations Director and Grade 11 student Madison Ehman and another student took a trip to Castlegar and saw them at a few parks there.
After sharing the idea with the rest of the members they all quickly got behind the idea and began to work on it.
Work began in June and continued over the summer with completion happening this past weekend. With much of the preparation happening during the summer months, the biggest obstacle they faced was getting people together to help build the libraries, but when they did get together, they had a lot of help.
“There was a lot of work during summer,” said Interact member Ben Gadd. “Construction finished right at the end of school and then I brought them home, painted them, put the doors on. We had lots of people help during the summer.”
Now that they are installed, Ehman hopes that it encourages the community to pick up a book and read more.
“A passion for lot of us is reading and we just wanted to spread that and encourage it,” Ehman said. “Reading is getting lost nowadays with technology and it’s just something we hope we can keep alive. Next time you’re with your kids in the park just sit them down and read a book with them.”
“We just want to say thank you to the community and all the businesses that have been supporting us in the regional district and in Golden, Ehman said. “Without them it wouldn’t be possible. We’re really looking forward to the next year.”
The Interact Club of Golden was recently awarded the Mayor’s Award of Excellence at this year’s Chamber Community Excellence Awards. In the past year they saw an increase of members from 20 to 40, and hope to continue to grow and make a difference in the community.