You know that feeling after you finish reading a book and you cannot wait to pass it along to one of your friends because you know they’ll love it too. A new project in Renfrew County is giving a whole new meaning to sharing books. Introducing The Book Tree. A spot to take a book, leave a book or share a book. No membership or user fees required.
This project, carried out by a large number of community groups, uses already fallen trees from local forests. Little cubby holes, as I like to call them, are carved out of the trees to make room for books that would appeal to all ages. There are currently three locations in Renfrew County; Arnprior, Killaloe and Petawawa.
We had the chance to visit the Petawawa book tree recently. Located at the Petawawa Civic Centre, it was the first one installed as part of this County wide project. We exchanged Eric Carle’s First Book of Food for What Do You Say When A Monkey Acts This Way? A Book About Manners by Jane Belk Moncure. The kids were quite interested in the surprises that awaited them when they lifted the plastic covers. Some books are marked with a code that you can register at www.bookcrossing.com to track where the book has been.
For me the book tree really does two things-it encourages people to read and share their love of literature and it is also a great example of reuse. It’s such an easy way to find a new home for books that are just taking up space on our bookshelves. Visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheBookTreeRC for more details about the project. And when you get a chance, take the whole family out to enjoy this wonderful community endeavour.