Saturday November 22, 2014

EDITORIAL - Sharing the written word good idea


In general terms an editorial tends to deal with larger issues; health care, City budgets, the way the province deals with flood relief.

But sometimes smaller things are just such good ideas, and add in ways to the community, they deserve some support through a vehicle such as the local newspaper.

Such is the recently launched initiative of the Yorkton Public Library; ‘Find it, Read it, Leave it’.

The program, at its heart is about promoting reading, and that is an initiative any newspaper should rally behind. It is important that everyone be encouraged to read, not just as a self-serving ideal for a newspaper’s future, but as a way for society to share knowledge.

So the idea of taking a book no longer required in the library collection and leaving it somewhere in the city for a reader to find is a great idea.

That the finder is supposed to read the book and then in turn leave it for yet another to find forges a rather special chain of sharing the written word.

One could see a book going from Yorkton across Canada if the finders and readers and sharers are tourists.

The idea is one which can easily grow to in a number of ways, all of which would expand the circle of sharing words.

Tourism Yorkton has promoted the idea of geocaching in the past. The hobby uses gps devices to find hidden caches in a community, caches which could easily be a storehouse of books where the finder could take one, and leave one too.

There are also instances, especially in parks, where small ‘library boxes’ which look akin to a bird house, are used as repositories of books.

Would it not make a great project for Scouts and Girl Guides to build such ‘library boxes’ which could be installed at the Tourist Centre, City Hall Park, and others in the city? It is not beyond imagination for every park to have such an amenity.

The Parkland Writers Guild would be a natural to step forward and help manage a system of sharing books over a larger and larger system.

And it need not just be the public library involved.

It is likely school libraries have books redundant to their collections, and sharing in such a fashion is a better fate for a book than the recycling shredder.

And each of us likely have books that are not our beloved treasures, we could add to the sharing system.

It could all be part of a system bringing the community together to share something as important and yet simple as a good book.



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