2016 Year in Review
Fraser Hickson’s Mission to enrich the community by working with partners to facilitate free access to books and services in English, French and other languages, starting with the very young and those who need it the most through its MINIBIBLIOs programme, continues to be a resounding success!
In 2016 we facilitated free access to books to all – especially at risk populations – and increased our partnership numbers with those organizations who encourage early literacy learning – specifically through the First Thousand Days of a child’s life. We also nurtured and increased the variety of book selection to address the current needs of our partners’ particular audiences.
By relocating the library in late August and dispersing of our Antiquarian Collection through a very successful Auction (a large segment of these books had already been uploaded to Internet Archive for public use), we created new ties to the community and a plethora of potential projects surrounding books for these connections! The Auction allowed us to connect to National organizations (e.g. the National Reading Campaign) who will use our to have been recycled books as Book Art in 2017 for their Reading Town Project.
Fraser Hickson’s sole focus now is on the MINIBIBLIO project opening the road to further growth in 2017 and beyond as well as exploring new initiatives that will arise out of our networks: ArtHives, Visual Arts Centre, Renaissance. We were also instrumental in setting up a permanent children’s library at the École Rudolph Stiener in NDG by donating an extensive catalogue of books.
Our new partnership with the City of Montreal will allow us to plan the opening of a number of new MINIBIBLIOS in Community Centres in culturally neglected areas. Connecting with children’s literacy and literary organizations such as Communication-Jeunesse has allowed us to form partnerships with like-minded organizations. More importantly, we have been able to connect with young readers and their families.
CALL TO ACTION
Literacy is an every day reward, to bring books to a child is to watch that child grow before your eyes. Here at Fraser Hickson, we’ve started a MINIBIBLIO movement and we hope you will join us by donating today and make a significant impact in learning and development.
Donate online right now through Canada Helps and make literacy happen.
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