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The Timmins Police Service acknowledged September 8th as International Literacy Day by attending the unveiling of another “Great Book Box” earlier today.

What are Great Book Boxes? They are small boxes installed throughout our community filled with books of all types, meant for sharing with your friends and neighbours.

Their purpose is to spread the joy of reading.

Constable Joel Faubert attended at Gillies Lake to help celebrate the inauguration of one of six new Great Book Boxes today at 1:00 p.m.

Representatives from The Bucket Shop, The Great Book Box Committee, the Timmins Public Library, the Porcupine Art Club, and the City of Timmins were also be in attendance.

September 8th was chosen as the inauguration date to coincide with International Literacy Day, as designated by UNESCO.

The purpose of this event is to contribute to the promotion of a more literate and sustainable society.

Each new book box is shaped in the iconic McIntyre Headframe and is free for everyone to use.

The new steel design will protect against vandalism and the elements of weather.

There are also original designs still in use which come in different shapes and sizes.

Current Great Book Boxes are located at Bannerman Park in Porcupine, at the Airport Hotel in South Porcupine and on Father Costello Drive in Schumacher.

In Timmins, they’re located at Roy Nicholson Park, Pinecrest School, inside Earl Miller School, and at Kamiskotia.

Residents are invited to ‘take a book, leave a book’ in any box they choose.

The Timmins Police also acknowledge the efforts of Paul Woodward of  The Bucket Shop for generously donating material, designing and building the six new Great Book Boxes.