A ribbon and cake were cut to celebrate the opening of a new space for the Literacy Quesnel Society (LQS).
The bright spot inside West Park Mall opened on International Literacy Day Thursday, Sept. 8.
“Thank you to everybody who helped because there are so many people that helped put this together,” said LQS executive director Rebecca Beuschel before handing a pair of scissors to LQS president Barbara Hanes.
A small crowd cheered after Hanes cut the red ribbon.
Retired teacher Katharin Midzain has been volunteering with the not-for-profit organization’s bookstore since April.
She moved to Quesnel last October from Chilliwack.
“It’s so beautiful,” Midzain said of the new space at West Park Mall. “I think it’s going to be welcoming, and we’ll have a lot more families and kids coming in.”
Hanes said they were outgrowing their former location in downtown Quesnel and believed the West Park Mall would be a perfect fit.
LQS outreach coordinator Lacey Kvist noted that their bookstore is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and their community learning centre from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“But that’s for September,” Kvist added. “We’re hoping with the support of more volunteers to extend our hours so we can be open while folks are done work and children are done school, so watch in October for hopefully extended hours.”
The LQS will host an open house for those interested in volunteering or learning more on Monday, Sept. 12, starting at 11 a.m.
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