Access to Books (2013)

This report looks at various ways of sourcing books, and providing access to books for First Nations communities. While the report focuses on efforts in Hobbema, a primarily First Nations community south of Edmonton, Alberta, the ideas it contains are relevant in many situations.

The author notes that books can be sourced from foundations, colleges, family literacy organizations, public libraries, internal school community budgets, used book stores, publishers, children’s service agencies, pediatricians, and reading programs. In Hobbema, books were distributed on 34 occasions in two years.

Among the suggestions offered for increasing access to books are conducting a study about reading interests; encouraging reading hour; making reading visible; embedding reading and research time in classrooms; holding annual book exchanges; hosting author readings and read-aloud sessions; and expanding the network of book contributors.

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Manisha Khetarpal. Access to Books 2013. Web. 4 Oct. 2022 <>
Manisha Khetarpal (2013). Access to Books. Retrieved October 4, 2022, from
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