LASS Unveils First Little Free Library

LASS’ Book Bin Assistant Ellen Zilkie and LOC Darcy Calkins fill LASS’ first Little Free Library with books for community members to read.

If you’ve walked down Alexander Street in the past few days, you might have wondered what the colourful little “house” in front of the Salmar Classic Theatre is all about.

It is the home of the Shuswap’s first LASS (Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society) sponsored Little Free Library, and it was installed on Thursday, September 8, 2016 to mark International Literacy Day.

Literacy Outreach Coordinator Darcy Calkins explains that Little Free Libraries, which have sprouted up in many cities and towns across North America, will replace the “Spread the Word” book bins that LASS currently has in various locations around Salmon Arm, allowing the program to expand to outdoor public locations.

LASS’ current “Spread the Word” book bins are transitioning to Little Free Libraries.

Through the “Spread the Word” book sharing program, donated books are re-distributed to the community by LASS’ book bin assistant, Ellen Zilkie, to be read on site or taken home and then returned to any of the bins or “Libraries”. For large book donations please contact LASS. High interest, good quality fiction books are best.

LASS is looking for monetary donations and sponsors to transition the “Spread the Word” book bins to these Little Free Library structures. Any donation will help LASS meets its goal of having 15 LASS sponsored Little Free Libraries in the Salmon Arm area. Although LASS will only be able to maintain a limited number of libraries, we hope to see private Little Free Libraries popping up all over the North Okanagan-Shuswap and are happy to provide information, promotion, and books for any Little Free Library. Kits and blueprints are available online at or contact us for more information on the LASS Little Free Library initiative.

Click here for more information on this program.