Books for Brook

Books for Brook is a literacy initiative established in memory of Brook Doseger, a 2016 graduate of Nipissing University’s Concurrent Bachelor of Education degree. Brook inspired many during her time here at Nipissing and across the globe. A favourite quote of Brook’s was “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” (Dr. Seuss), reminding us of her passion for literacy, travel and community – a passion that will continue to be cultivated and supported through this initiative.

Upcoming Events:

In July 2022, Books for Brook is visiting the summer learning camps for Near North District School Board and Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board. Four in-person events are in progress at Sunset Park Elementary School, Woodland Elementary Public School, St. Hubert Catholic Elementary School and St. Alex Catholic Elementary School. Thank-you to Kim Hansen for her organization of each event!

Books for Brook is also looking forward to visiting the Indigenous Youth Camps associated with the Schulich School of Education. 

Recent Events:

In June 2022, Books for Brook made a visit to St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School where all K to 8 learners (and their teachers!) were invited to browse and select a book with the help of Kim Hansen, a graduate of Nipissing's B.Ed. program. 

NICU DONATION: On December 18th, 2021 Books for Brook was thrilled to be able to donate another 50 board books to the NICU at North Bay Regional Hospital as part of our ongoing support for their Learn, Laugh, Love and Read initiative. This year's donation also included 50 books for young patients in Pediatrics and 32 novels for patients in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit.

Past Events:

Our 3rd annual 'Reading Nook' event took place at Learning Together 2019 on October 5th, 2019 at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Secondary School. As part of the event, the community was once again invited to bring in gently used books to share with other families as part of Books for Brook. Thank-you to all those who donated books in support of this initiative.

All campers attending the 2019 NU Reads Literacy Camps once again selected a favourite book from Books for Brook to enjoy with their family. 

In June 2019, Books for Brook went on the road again, travelling to E.W. Norman Public School where all Gr. 1 to Gr. 5 students (and their teachers!) were invited to browse and select a book with the help of the NU Reads camp facilitators. 

NICU DONATION: On May 1st, 2019 Books for Brook was thrilled to be able to donate another 50 board books to the NICU at North Bay Regional Hospital as part of our ongoing support for their Learn, Laugh, Love and Read initiative. Click here to read more

BOOK DRIVE: During the week of Monday March 25th-28th 2019, we held a book drive on campus for donations of new and gently used children's books to share with young learners in the North Bay community. We had an amazing response with over 400 book donations. Thank-you to our NU community!

Our 2nd annual 'Reading Nook' event took place at Learning Together 2018 on October 13th, 2018. As part of the event, the community was invited to bring in gently used books to share with other families as part of Books for Brook. Thank-you to all those who donated books in support of this initiative.

All campers attending the 2018 NU Reads Literacy Camps once again selected a favourite book from Books for Brook to enjoy with their family. 

In June 2018, Books for Brook travelled to Vincent Massey Public School where all grade one and two students (and their teachers!) were invited to browse and select a book with the help of the NU Reads camp facilitators. 

On Dec. 14th, 2017 Books for Brook donated 50 board books to the NICU at North Bay Regional Hospital. Click here to learn more.

Many families visited our 'Reading Nook' in the front foyer of Odyssée on October 14th at Learning Together 2017. We had baskets of books for children to browse, including board books, fiction and non-fiction picture-books, and early chapter books - across a wide range of topics. All children attending the conference were given a free book to take home and enjoy with their families.  

All campers attending the 2017 NU Reads Literacy Camps selected a favourite book from Books for Brook to enjoy with their family. Click here to learn more.

On February 14th, 2017 we invited the Nipissing University community to take part in International Book Giving Day by helping support Books for Brook! We gathered donations of new and gently used children’s books (0-6 yrs) that we will share with young learners in the North Bay community. Click here to learn more.