Books on the Bus

Books on the Bus connects Red Deer Transit riders with free reading material to enjoy during their commute, on their lunch break or anytime. Books for all ages and reading abilities are available including children’s books, graphic novels and fiction and non-fiction for adults.

Take it, Read it, Share it

Books on the Bus transit campaign imageTake the books from the free mini libraries found on transit buses; Read to reduce stress, feed your imagination and create bonds with your children; Share the books with friends and family, or return them to the bus for others to enjoy.

This initiative is the first of its kind in Alberta and allows transit riders to build social connections and increase social engagement, which align with the Small Acts Matter campaign.

As a Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funded project, Books on the Bus will have far reaching impacts and will expand into several more initiatives in Red Deer County and surrounding communities through BOLT Regional Transit.

This initiative removes the barrier of access to books by making them readily available and free for everyone. Providing access to literacy materials is a poverty reduction strategy identified by the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA).

Donations of books can be dropped off at collection bins at:

  • Red Deer City Hall
  • Collicutt Centre
  • Dawe Centre
  • Recreation Centre
  • Sorensen Station

Special thanks to our partner organizations: Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (Capra), Cosmos, Red Deer Public Library and Red Deer Transit.

For more information, contact Social Planning at 403-342-8100.

Books About Town is a component of the Books on the Bus Project that is ongoing in the City of Red Deer. Initially a Small Acts Matter concept, Books on the Bus/Books about Town is the operationalization of a public education/awareness campaign designed to remind each of us about the importance of small acts and how they can support children, youth, families, seniors and communities.

Take it, Read it, Share it is the key message of the Books About Town project. Take the books that are available within the community Little Free Libraries. Read to reduce stress, feed your imagination, increase your literacy, and create bonds with your children. Share the books with friends and family or return them to Library unit for others to enjoy.

Little Free Library Application (pdf)