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Book giveaway on Saturday aimed at promoting literacy on Burin Peninsula

Bonnie Beazley, instructor at the Burin Peninsula Laubach Literary Council, said “Our province has one of the lowest literacy rates in all of Canada.”
Bonnie Beazley, instructor at the Burin Peninsula Laubach Literary Council, said “Our province has one of the lowest literacy rates in all of Canada.” - Submitted

Saturday is free book day

MARYSTOWN, N.L. — In an effort to promote literacy, the Burin Peninsula Laubach Literary Council is holding a book giveaway at the Peninsula Mall in Marystown on Saturday, May 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The organization gathers books that the Burin, Marystown and St. Lawrence public libraries donate from their collections and also offers reading material from private donations.

The giveaway event is held twice a year and is very popular.

Organizer and Laubach instructor Bonnie Beazley said, “Last November we gave away between 1,500 and 1,600 books and we have about 1,200 that we are organizing for Saturday.”

Books will be arranged by category. A kid’s section will feature storybooks, young children’s novels, pre-teens and teen novels as well as informational books. Adult books will be separated according to some popular authors like Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele, Mary Higgens Clarke and Dean Koontz.

“We get a lot of books by a certain author because that’s what people collect and that’s what people bring in,” Beazley said. “We separated romance into Harlequin romance versus all other romance.

“We have a mystery/suspense category and we’ve got another category that’s religious and inspirational, like the 'Chicken Soup' books. We also have a general adult fiction section.”

Beazley added, “We have a big need to promote literacy. Our province has one of the lowest literacy rates in all of Canada.”

Beazley also hopes the event will help promote Laubach’s adult education program, ABE Level 1, which offers help with basic reading and math skills for general self improvement or to prepare for high school equivalency courses.

“We have a free program that we offer here for 40 weeks of the year,” Beazley said. “No registration fees, no tuition fees, no books to buy, you don’t even have to bring pencils or paper because most of it is workbook or worksheet and there’s always pencils lying around the classroom.”

The Laubach Literary Council also offers a summer Read For Fun program for kids.

“They come twice a week for six weeks of one on one tutoring in areas that their parents or teachers recognize they had a problem with throughout the year,” Beazley explained. “It’s supposed to bridge the gap between June and September so that when the child goes back (to school) in September, he doesn’t lose what he had learned the previous year.”

Readers can take books, but they can also bring books. A drop off box will be available for donations.

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