PCEC "1000 X 5" Children’s Book Recycling Project

The PCEC "1000 X 5" Children’s Book Recycling Project was started in April 2008.


Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community. The books are delivered to our collection depot where they are screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families.


Check out this clip about the program from Chek News.


The numbers add up!

Reading with children from a young age and on a regular basis means the number of books read will soon be in the hundreds. Our goal is to do what we can to promote the possibility that all children on the Saanich Peninsula will have at least a thousand books read to them by the time they are 5 years-old.


Since April 2008, we have collected over 35,000 books for distribution in the community. We hope to increase this total to 40,000 books by June 2011 and will continue the project as long as it can be sustained.

Why are we doing this work?

Literacy affects everyone. The consequences of illiteracy are profound. Adults with low literacy levels do poorly in the job market; they often require social assistance. They may lack the skills needed to support the healthy development of their children.


Reading to young children on a regular basis increases their chances of early success in school. Interventions in later school years are expensive; our project is an investment in prevention.


Experience with books promotes children’s language and literacy development. Stories and non-fiction reading materials engage children and offer them opportunities to explore previously unimagined worlds.


Reading to children is time when we give them our full attention. Doing so confirms they are valued and provides opportunities for them to bond with trusted adults.


Books are expensive and not all families have access to high-quality reading materials for their children.

Gift bags of books are available at the following locations:

• Sidney Lions’ Food Bank
• Strong Start Centres at Brentwood, Lochside, and Sidney Elementary Schools
• NIL/TU,O Child and Family Services
• Ministry for Children and Family Development (Saanichton Office)
• Teen Education and Motherhood Programs at Stelly’s Secondary and the Saanich Learning Centre
• Peninsula Babies program
• Military Family Resources Centre
• Peninsula Co-op Food Centre
• Saanich School District Board Office

We are grateful for support from:

• Success by 6®, South Vancouver Island
• Beacon Community Services
• School District No. 63 (Saanich)
• Students, staff, and families in Saanich Schools who have donated many books
• Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils of Saanich (COPACS)
• Saanich Teacher Librarians
• Confederation of University Women (CFUW, Peninsula Chapter)
• Times-Colonist "Raise-a-Reader" Fund
• Peninsula Co-op Food Centre
• Panorama Recreation Centre
• Reading Tree Foundation
• Service clubs, organizations and individuals who have provided financial support – Esquimalt and Sidney Kiwanis Club s, Centennial Rotary Club (Royal Oak), Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood
• Beacon Books in Sidney, and their patrons who have donated book credits to our project
• Family-serving agencies and others who distribute the gift bags of books
• PCEC and CFUW volunteers

If you have children’s picture books to donate, they may be left at:
• Any school in District No. 63 (Saanich)
• The Saanich District School Board Office
• The Peninsula Co-op Food Centre

Please label bags or boxes:

TO:PCEC "1000 X 5"
Saanich Learning Centre

FROM:(your name/organization)


Financial donations are welcomed!

If you or your group would like to make a financial donation, please make a cheque to:


Beacon Community Services
indicating the donation is for the
PCEC "1000 X 5" Children’s Book Recycling Project

Please address the envelope to:
Elaine Venables, Director
Children’s Programs and Counselling Services
Beacon Community Services
9860 Third Street
Sidney, BC V8L 4R2

For more information about the PCEC "1000 X 5" Project, please contact:
Daphne Macnaughton
PCEC "1000 X 5" Project Leader
dlmvictoria@shaw.ca
PCEC "1000 X 5" Children’s Book Recycling Project
The PCEC “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project was started in April 2008. Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community. The books are delivered to our collection depot where they are screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families.

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