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People have an opportunity to help their public library in a big way over the next two months during Western Counties Regional Library 2022 Adopt-A-Book campaign.

From left, Yarmouth library clerk Jeremy Ayotte and Executive Director Erin Comeau point to the 2022 Adopt-A-Book campaign’s goal of 750 books.
From left, Yarmouth library clerk Jeremy Ayotte and Executive Director Erin Comeau point to the 2022 Adopt-A-Book campaign’s goal of 750 books.

The Adopt-A-Book campaign runs from Saturday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Nov. 30.

“This fundraiser comes at a critical time for the library,” says Library Executive Director Erin Comeau. “Our funding has been frozen for the next three years. With rising inflation and related-costs of operation, we have to cut back on the number of new books and other library material we buy.”

The fundraiser allows people to adopt (purchase for the library) books to put on their public library’s shelves. All 10 branches will have books on display that are available to adopt and borrow right away.

People can adopt in person or online via westerncounties.ca. The goal is to have 750 books adopted, valued at approximately $20,000.

“This is a fundraiser the public has really got behind over the years,” says Sherry Thorburn Irvine, chair of the regional library board. “I believe people support the campaign because it is gift they can see, feel and use right away. It adds books to the library’s collection and promotes literacy.”

“Adopting a book is instant and it leaves people with the feeling like they have done something positive for their community,” Thorburn Irvine says, adding “Library boards have to raise three per cent of their annual budget, and this is one way we do it.”

Getting people involved in enhancing the library’s collection is vital, says Comeau.

“It keeps people coming to the library because of the greater selection of books that people want to borrow and read,” says Comeau. “The funds are something we wouldn’t normally receive.”

The Adopt-A-Book campaign is carried out every two years. The 13 previous campaigns have raised $370,733, putting 16,774 new books on library shelves.

People and organizations can choose from a wide selection of new books and then adopt them for the branch of their choice. Every book adopted will have a nameplate acknowledging the adoption placed inside the front cover of the book. The person adopting the book can also be the first one to borrow it.

People can choose to adopt in the name of a loved one, a teacher, a friend or even a newborn baby. The average price of a book is between $25-30, but books are available for much less.

“We’ll accept any level of donation,” says Comeau. “Every contribution helps.”

For information about the Adopt-a-Book Campaign visit any branch library, or go online at www.westerncounties.ca. Branches are located in Westport, Digby, Weymouth, and Meteghan in Digby County; Yarmouth and Pubnico in Yarmouth County; and Barrington, Clark’s Harbour, Shelburne and Lockeport in Shelburne County.