Thanks to local donations, books from Kitimat were off to Bella Bella on July 29, to replenish their library after a terrible fire.
The initiative began with Mayor Joanne Monaghan, who worked with the Kitimat Public Library executive director Virginia Charron to collect the donations.
Monaghan had at a time lived in Bella Bella and said earlier in July that she understands the impact the fire their community experienced can have.
“I woke up one night after the fire and I thought ‘geeze, I used to live there and I know how remote this is. Lets do this,’” she said earlier this month.
Charron also personally included two additional books which she felt had particular ties to the community of Bella Bella. One was Canada’s Raincoast at Risk, which includes short narratives from B.C. artists, one being Ian Reid who was born in Bella Bella.
The other book is called Bella Bella, A Season of Heiltsuk Art, and Charron said, in a letter addressed to Chief Tribal Councillor Marilyn Slett, “all libraries should have at least one book with its name written in bold letters across its front cover.”
“And of course it’s a beautiful book,” she added.
Bandstra Transportation Systems and BC Ferries both agreed to transport the shipment of books to Bella Bella at no cost.