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General News · 20th May 2022
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
Believe in the power of stories to bring community together? So do we!

How would you like to have thousands of books for free at your fingertips? Come together to choose and discuss books? Folk U & Cortes Literacy has partnered with Kobo Rakuten to bring up to 20 loanable e-readers to Cortes Island.

How it works: You join our Folk U (Kobo E-reader) book club by sending an email to

You get: to borrow a Kobo Rakuten waterproof e-reader with access to the entire Kobo-Rakuten book catalogue as well as the Vancouver Island (or other library card) catalogue. All for free!

The book club: meets monthly in person. Attendance is optional. Try it out for a few months. No commitment. If it's not for you, return your e-reader and someone else gets a turn.

The Kobo Rakuten e-readers: stay in our community and will continue to be lent out through Folk U/Cortes Lit. These little e-readers are designed for heavy duty use, come with training to get you started, and have different lighting options, font sizes, and other ways to help with visual barriers.

Hate electronics? No worries, we will pick books in advance and then you can order through Marnie & Juli’s book store!

Sign Up NOW! The first 20 get priority on the first e-readers.

(Borrow for the summer even and then it can pass on to someone else for the fall. Traveling for the summer? Great! Take it with you and read while you are away.)

Let's get the books in our community and start reading. Ready? Ask questions or sign-up by June 4th to reserve your spot, get updates, etc. at

Get inspired: Today's Folk U Radio is a repeat of The Lost Art of Reading Friday at 1 p.m. at CKTZ 89.5FM or (repeats Monday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 6 a.m.)