The Literacy Quesnel Society will be holding a grand opening at their new space at the West Park Mall in September on International Literacy Day.
The not-for-profit organization will be moving from its downtown location on McLean Street this month.
Executive director Rebecca Beuschel said they’ll miss the building they’ve called home for the past ten years with its natural light and regular clients who stop by.
“But what we gain is a space that’s twice as big, and it means we can become a literacy centre because we’ll have our learning centre, which is currently in another space, our bookstore, our literacy activities and our volunteer base all working out of one centre,” she added.
“It’s also a big enough space that we’ll also be able to develop a nice family area where we can start to do book clubs and story time activities, and really just develop it as a hub for literacy activities.”
The much bigger space at West Park Mall near Warehouse One used to house electronics chain The Source.
New bookshelves purchased with a grant from the Quesnel Community Foundation will provide room for larger-sized books.
“I’m hoping that it looks welcoming and inviting,” Beuschel said, noting the Quesnel and District Child Development Centre has been accommodating throughout their tenancy and is understanding of their move to a different area of the city.
“The boards of directors are pretty excited about being part of a society that is doing really good things in the community and is now able to showcase that all in one space.”
The Literacy Quesnel Society’s last day at their downtown location will be Friday, July 15, with a summer book sale on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
They will open at the West Park Mall on Tuesday, Sept. 6, followed by a grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 8.
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