Book-shar­ing fun comes to Water­ville

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, 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.

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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.

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