Hobbema library sorting, cataloguing donated books

A new library in Hobbema is well on its way to becoming a success thanks to CBC listeners and viewers.

CBC audience donated thousands of books to upstart library

Manisha Khetarpal says she is grateful for all the books donated by CBC listeners and viewers. She is still sorting and cataloguing books for a new public library at Hobbema, Alta. (CBC)

A new library in Hobbema is well on its way to becoming a success thanks to CBC listeners and viewers.

In June CBC News spoke with Manisha Khetarpal's about her mission to open a library that would be accessible to the four First Nations in the Hobbema area.

That led to tens of thousands of books being donated to help get the library started.

"The books did two things," said Khetarpal. "One it gave us place for a library. The next thing the books did was promote reading ... reading as a hobby ... reading for recreation... embedding reading in our life."

Khetarpal says she is so grateful to the hundreds of people who donated to the CBC's book drive last June.

Khetarpal her team are still sorting and cataloguing the huge collection.

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