The Gift of Reading results
The 16th edition of The Gift of Reading bore witness to some great generosity: 40,022 underprivileged children received the gift of a book in May 2015. Thanks to everyone who gave books or money at participating bookstores, libraries and book fairs, and through numerous collection activities.
Since 1999, The Gift of Reading has reached more than 401,900 children aged 0–12 and their parents.
Extraordinary growth in books distributed
The 1999-2000 edition of the program was held solely in the Greater Montreal area. Subsequent editions have taken place throughout Quebec.
In 2015, 559 establishments across Quebec answered the Foundation’s invitation and took part in the distribution of brand new books. The Foundation wishes to thank them, as their collaboration is crucial for the program to run smoothly.
- 162 schools, including 8 English schools
- 143 childcare centres
- 191 family resource centres
- 63 other organizations working in underprivileged neighborhoods
Chart-topping bookstores and libraries
Among the 100 or so libraries and 150-odd bookstores that took part in The Gift of Reading in November and December 2014, a number particularly distinguished themselves through their successful book drives. Congratulations, and thank you to all of them!
Libraries collecting the most books
129 books – Repentigny libraries, Repentigny
111 books – J.R L’Heureux library, Maniwaki
104 books – Réseau des bibliothèques de Longueuil, Longueuil
Bookstores collecting the most books
332 books – Coopsco des Laurentides, Saint-Jérôme
251 books – Librairie coopérative du Collège Maisonneuve, Montréal
195 books – Librairie Moderne, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
160 books – Coopérative étudiante Marie-Victorin, Montréal
156 books – Librairie Martin, Joliette
Bookstores collecting the most money
$781.75 – Librairie Le Fureteur, Saint-Lambert
$303.40 – Librairie Liber, New Richmond
$133.60 – Librairie Imagine, Laval
$71.05 – Librairie Paulines, Montréal
$64.55 – Archambault, Anjou