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REPORTING · 16th July 2013
Walter McFarlane
On Friday, July 12th, a fire claimed the library at Bella Bella and several surrounding buildings. To assist in the relief, Kitimat is starting a book drive, which was suggested by Mayor Joanne Monaghan.

“We‘re collecting books for the library at Bella Bella,” said Monaghan. “If you take them to the Kitimat Public Library, then Virginia Charron will take them and sort them and we‘ll collect them for about a week and then send what we have.”

Monaghan expressed she is excited about this because she lived in Bella Bella. According to Mayor Joanne Monaghan, Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett of Bella Bella is excited about it.

“We want to thank Bandstra for coming forward and saying they will take all the books to Prince Rupert. We want to thank BC Ferries for saying they will pick up the books there and take them free of charge to Bella Bella,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan told us the fire claimed the library, the café, Grocery store and laundry matt.

The book drive is off to a good start. There was already 40 crates of books which were at the Kitimat Public Library for the fall book sale which are going to be gone through to ensure they can be used. While the books were meant to help fund the Kitimat Public Library, Monaghan stated it makes more sense to give them to people who do not have a library at the moment.

The book sale donations include children’s non fiction books, adult and youth novels as well as music CDs.

“We want everything in very good condition. We don‘t want anything that is dog eared, it has to be in good condition. We encourage the public to donate what we call their Gently used books, movies and music CD‘s for the Bella Bella Cause. All these can be dropped off at the Kitimat Public Library. They are open 7 days a week,” said Monaghan.