Book-sharing fun comes to Waterville
Last Thursday, the Bibliotheque de Waterville unveiled its new Croque-livres program, a network of special boxes set up in public areas that are filled with books, for children from 0 to 12 years of age, to share. The Croque-livres initiative was first launched in 2014 and there are now 495 Croques livres in Quebec. To help get the Waterville initiative going, the Reseau Biblio de l’Estrie will lend the library lots of books to be shared.
“By inaugurating our Croque-livres, we will make reading more accessible to the children of Waterville, at all times. To make our Croque-livres unique, we have left the visual exterior of the boxes to an artist and illustrator of children’s books who is well known in Waterville and across Canada as she was one of the artists chosen for the promotion of the Club de lecture TD 2016, Gabrielle Grimard. During the neighbour’s festival in June, she had the young people present help paint the Croques-livres boxes. Since then, the children have been fascinated by the magic of Ms. Grimard’s illustrations and by the idea to have free access to reading,” said Carole Chassé, a municipal councilor and a representative of the library, enthusiastically.
Waterville children, like Rebecca Benjamin Lacoche, will be able to borrow or lend books at any time with the new Croque-livres boxes in town.
Waterville mayor Nathalie Dupuis (left) and councilor Carole Chassé at the unveiling of the town’s Croque-livres.