Book Drive re­turns

Jour­nal Pi­o­neer/Ro­tary book drive set for next week

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY MILLICENT MCKAY Millicent.mckay@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

What’s bet­ter than sit­ting down with a good book? How about sit­ting down with mul­ti­ple good books that were pur­chased in aide of lit­er­acy on P.E.I.? That’s right it’s time again, the an­nual Jour­nal Pi­o­neer/Ro­tary Book Drive for Lit­er­acy is fast ap­proach­ing.

What’s bet­ter than sit­ting down with a good book? How about sit­ting down with mul­ti­ple good books that were pur­chased in aide of lit­er­acy on P.E.I.? That’s right it’s time again, the an­nual Jour­nal Pi­o­neer/Ro­tary Book Drive for Lit­er­acy is fast ap­proach­ing and it will soon be time to col­lect and sort hun­dreds of pa­per backs, hard cov­ers and ref­er­ence books. “Last year was an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful event,” said Sandy Run­dle, the chair­man of the Book Drive, which is run in part­ner­ship of the Ro­tary Club of Sum­mer­side. Run­dle, a Ro­tar­ian and former pub­lisher of the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer, has been help­ing with the drive and book sale since its in­cep­tion a decade ago. Last year, the ini­tia­tive raised over $11,000. This year the goal is $12,000 that will go to sup­port lit­er­acy projects in Prince County. “The drive and sale re­ally fit the man­date of the club, as part of ro­tary is com­mu­nity ser­vice. But ro­tary clubs around the world are also in­volved in lit­er­acy ini­tia­tives and run their own pro­grams. And this is a great op­por­tu­nity.” Run­dle says his favourite part is the drive and sale it­self. “Dur­ing the sale there is op­por­tu­nity to chat with new and old faces. The com­mu­nity al­ways re­ally steps up.” Speak­ing of step­ping up, vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Anna MacDon­ald is look­ing for peo­ple in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for the book drive to help sort­ing the books to ac­cord­ing gen­res and au­thors. “It went well. It was one of those years you know you’re go­ing to get so many books, but vol­un­teers re­ally stepped up. We had a nice con­tin­gent last year, but we’d al­ways like to see more.” “Last year we had a real crew of ded­i­cated peo­ple who would work mul­ti­ple shifts. This year we have at least six slots of avail­abil­ity for each day of the drive. There’s lots of room for vol­un­teers.” She en­cour­ages any book lovers out there in­ter­ested in help­ing or stu­dents who are seek­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice bur­sary hours to come out to the events. “There’s strength in num­bers. More peo­ple per day means the eas­ier the ac­tiv­i­ties of the day will go.” MacDon­ald can be reached at 902-439-2983. While or­ga­niz­ers are call­ing for do­na­tions of books for the sale, they will not accept Read­ers Di­gest (hard or soft cover), Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, En­cy­clo­pe­dias, Text Books or Mag­a­zines. The sale will also be held at a new lo­ca­tion in Sle­mon Park, 14 Oak­wood Av­enue. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Sandy Run­dle at srun­dle64@ gmail.com or 902-439-6604.

JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER FILE PHOTO

Anna MacDon­ald, the vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor for the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer/Ro­tary Club of Sum­mer­side book sale. In 2017, the book sale brought in a to­tal of $12,120 for local lit­er­acy pro­grams.

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