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The “Pick-me-up! / Emporte-moi! ” program is designed to promote reading in the community and to encourage readers to discover Ontario authors. The initiative, based on the world-wide ‘bookcrossing’ phenomenon, was officially launched in 2008 in partnership with the Friends of the Library.

Pick Up a Book!

Over 150 books have been distributed and deposited in various businesses, venues and other locations in Russell and Embrun including coffee shops, medical offices, beauty salons, etc. Selected titles include works in English and in French published by Ontario authors or publishers; they include books for adults, young adults, teenagers and children. Each book is identified with the Library’s logo and instructions invite readers to read the book on site or take it home and return it at any “Pick-me-up!” location.

Our Partners and “Pick-me-up!” locations


You would like to be a “Pick-me-up!” location? Contact us to find out how to become a partner.


Embrun Dental Clinic (19 Blais Street)
Embrun Eyewear (685 Notre-Dame Street)
Embrun Optometry Clinic (19 Blais Street)
Dr Brigitte Filion, optometrist (685 Notre-Dame Street)
Embrun Ford (608 Notre-Dame Street)
Embrun Dodge Chrysler Jeep (700 Notre-Dame Street)
Garage Loiselle (878 Notre-Dame Street)
Studio Shanthaly (924 Notre-Dame Street)


The Barber Shop (1133 Concession Street)
Dr Lily Nahri and Associates, dentist (305 Castor St.)
Russell Medical Centre (110 Craig Street)


This program was the recipient of a Minister of Culture Award for Innovation awarded by the Government of Ontario to celebrate excellence and innovation in public libraries.

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