Librarian hopes to open Hobbema's 1st public library

A librarian is hoping books will improve reserve life for members of the troubled four First Nations at Hobbema.

CBC Edmonton accepting book donations for Hobbema library

Librarian thinks facility would improve reserve life for First Nations communities in the area. 2:38

A librarian is hoping books will improve reserve life for members of the troubled four First Nations at Hobbema.

"My dream is to have a gathering for learning for the people of Hobbema, to have a community library which is open to everybody, not only in this community, but neighbouring communities and anybody in the world," says Manisha Kheterpal, head librarian at Maskwacis Cultural College at Hobbema.

Kheterpal, who is originally from India, has made it her mission to open a public library on the reserve, something the community does not yet have.

She believes reading will lead to lower drop out rates, higher education and a better quality of life, something her mother taught her early on.

"I see the same thing happening which happened to me as a child," she said. "One of my students said he is requesting his grandchild to identify five words in the reading activity book I gave him. It's the families reading together."

Kheterpal looking for donations of books, especially those aimed at children and young adults, to help reach her goal.

Donors can bring new or used books to Maskwacis college in Hobbema, or at CBC's Centre Stage at Edmonton's City Centre Mall between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. until Wednesday.

With files from CBC's Scott Stevenson