Grow a Library

Partnership with CODE Canada

For nearly a decade, APLA has partnered with CODE Canada to raise money for literacy. CODE, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education, has been supporting literacy since 1959, and is a registered charity that guarantees that 94% of your donation goes directly to their programs. APLA has  been actively raising money for CODE since 2006.

Current Project: Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature

In 2015, the  Standing Committee chose the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature as our new fund raising project. The award recognizes excellence in First Nations, Métis and Inuit literature for youth and provides engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada. Your donations will put books by indigenous Canadian authors in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Atlantic Canada. APLA’s goal is also to sponsor an indigenous author visit to a community in our region.

At the 2019 APLA Annual Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland, we raised $2088.60 for CODE. Thank you for your generous support to this worthy initiative!

How to Donate

You can donate online on the CODE website and receive an electronic tax receipt sent to the email you provide.

Previous Projects

For 8  years, APLA supported CODE’s Grow a Library program and APLA members generously supported libraries in Mali, Tanzania and Ethiopia.   

Medabo Zena Reading Room, Ethiopia (2013-2014): $3363.00

Alicho Wuriro Reading Room, Ethiopia (2012-2013): $4200.00

Read about APLA’s other past Grow a Library projects.


Other Ways to Help

We are encouraging all libraries in Atlantic Canada to undertake a fundraising activity!  Here are a few simple ideas for fundraising from previous Grow a Library Committee members:

From Samantha Neukomm, Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (Halifax):  “When I saw the name ‘Grow A Library Fund Committee’ my first thought was plants. A public library I worked in previously in BC had a fundraiser that sold seeds. Gardeners loved it and it was successful.  Vesey’s (from PEI) offers something similar.”

From Robin Isley, New Brunswick Public Library Service:  “What about plain old donation jars/boxes that libraries could have out on their counters or in staff rooms? … Libraries could create a book display about different cultures and set out the box for donations.”

From Lorraine Jackson, Memorial University: “Bouquet of flowers – ask for a donation of a bouquet from a local florist, then have your fellow employees buy tickets for a chance to win it or have a silent auction.  Plant sale – ask people to donate small plants or cuttings from plants and sell them.  Spare Change Jar at your desk or in the Staff room – email your coworkers and ask for donations. Put the jar next to the coffee machine…I always pitch it to my bibliophile friends to make a donation as a gift for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, end-of-year Teacher Appreciation, … etc.”

From Jocelyne Thompson, University of  New Brunswick: “I am planning to hold a mini  book sale here at UNB as our contribution to the fundraising, say a truck or two of books with the sale lasting a week or so.  I’m hoping that’s an idea that some may pick up as easy to do and quick to turnaround. “