Adopt a Library Program
The Adopt-A-Library Literacy program partners local libraries with police agencies and a variety of community partners, to promote and improve literacy skills among youth as a means of crime prevention - "Fighting Crime, One Book at a Time".
Cape Breton is the first region in Nova Scotia to develop its own chapter of the program. The Cape Breton Adopt-A-Library Association is a partnership between the CBRPS, RCMP, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, Cape Breton Regional library, Rotary and Wal-Mart. Officers visit schools throughout the region to read with students, discuss the importance of literacy skills and encourage their participation in the program's reading challenges.
The WOW (Words of Wonder) Reading Challenge involves junior high and elementary schools in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, as well as schools in Eskasoni and Membertou, competing to read as many pages as possible over a select period of time. Prizes are awarded to the top schools and students. In 2011, the Association also opend a WOW Warehouse to provide students with reading materials for the challenge, as well as for use by CBRPS officers as part of ongoing crime prevention efforst. police regularly provide books to children and youth through school visits, at community events and in Safer Communities officer, to help promote literacy.
Police hope that with improved literacy skills, youth will be empowered to make smart decisions about their future and steer clear of criminal behaviour.