Amidst the commercials for jewellery, electronics and other pricey trinkets, the gift of giving something as simple as a book can get lost. People may not be able to wear it, and it may not sparkle on your finger but, as the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) looks to fill their shelves and add to their book collections, their hope is that the community can help them through their ‘Adopt-a-Book’ Campaign – one book at a time.

The campaign’s purpose is to add to the library’s book collection, but also serves as a good reasonably-priced gift option for those who love books and are hard to shop for during the holiday season.

“As the cost of books and other collection materials goes up, our budget stays relatively the same,” says Greg Hayward, Technical Services Librarian. “For those who are as passionate about books as we are, the Adopt-a-Book campaign is way for them to help us keep our collection current and leave their legacy in the form of a favourite book or a book dedicated to someone else,” he adds.

To adopt a book through PARL, just drop by any of their local library branches or online at www.parl.ns.ca to view the Christmas Wish List of Books, pick a title or suggest a title and make your donation, then the library will purchase your chosen book. Carefully selected by PARL’s Collection Development Department and library staff, the ‘Wish List’ of new library books includes books from a variety of genres and formats, suitable for all ages and price ranges, starting at $5 for early readers. The book donations can also be branch specific, so people can choose the library location that they would like the book to be placed in and also be the very first person to read the book.

To make sure donations are recognized, a special bookplate with the inscription of the donor’s name or choice of name is placed in the inside front cover of each book. Since the library is a registered charitable organization, you also receive a tax receipt for your donation.

For more information about the program, visit www.parl.ns.ca, stop into your local library or call Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Headquarters at (902) 755-6031 or toll-free
1 (866) 779-7761.

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