Fostering a love of literacy, one book at a time
NU Reads campers are certainly happy campers, especially when they get the chance to take a book they love home to enjoy over and over again.
Delighted campers were given the chance to select a book of their choice from the hundreds of books available through the Books for Brook initiative. The burgeoning love of literacy was evident in the excitement as well as the big smiles. This summer, 90 books have been taken home by NU Reads campers.
Carley Bruner selected Robert Munsch’s So Much Snow.
“I pickedSo Much Snow because it’s fun and because I like playing in the snow,” she said. “Robert Munsch is funny.”
Camper Abby Fry shared that sentiment, also selecting So Much Snow.
“The book is fun, I don’t really like playing in the snow, but I like Robert Munsch. He is one of my favorite authors.” she said.
Joe Fry, Abby’s little brother, also took a shine to Robert Munsch, picking Pajama Day.
His reasoning was pretty straightforward and rock solid.
“I like pajama days,” he said.
Books for Brook is a volunteer program that supports early literacy within the North Bay community. It is promoted, administered and supervised by Nipissing University students in the Schulich School of Education and the Nipissing University Student Union.
The program is named in honour of Brook Doseger, a 2016 concurrent education graduate. Brook inspired many during her time as a student at Nipissing and across the globe. A favourite quote of Brook’s was “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”, from the Dr. Seuss classic, reminding us of her passion for literacy, travel and community – a passion that will continue to be cultivated and supported through this initiative.
To date, Books for Brook has received donations of more than 740 books, including both English and French books. The NU Reads team has sorted and labeled the books into browsing baskets that range from favourite authors/characters to fact books and much more.
Interested in donating some books? Drop off locations include the Schulich School of Education office and the Nipissing University Student Union office. If you do not have any children’s books, but still wish to contribute, the program will gladly accept monetary donations.