1000×5 Westshore

Covering Colwood, Metchosin, Langford and West Highlands

The Westshore 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Recycling Project started in 2012. We work in partnership with School District 62 to serve young children and families in the municipalities of Colwood, Metchosin, Langford and West Highlands. We are working towards expanding to Sooke in the fall of 2022.

We collect books through most of the elementary schools in the Westshore area, as well as the Sooke School Board Office. Our warehouse, cleaning station is at Willway Elementary School. Each week, a small, but dedicated, group of volunteers screen, sort, clean and package gift bags of books for distribution by local family serving agencies in the Westshore area. Each month, children are offered a gift bag with 3 books to take home and keep, building those important home libraries.

Now, in our 10th year, we have distributed over 56,966 books to support the early literacy development of young children in our area.

Thank you to our donors

Project Co-Ordinator Denise Brown

Email: hello@1000×5.ca

Got Books?

We rely on donations of books for babies and preschoolers from members of the community. If you have books for children under the age of 5 that you no longer need, why not consider donating them to us? We will ensure that your books continue to put smiles on children all over the Capital Region. Get in touch with us to arrange a drop off.


A Mom of a past preschooler approached me to let me know just how 1000x5 and our preschool had helped her and her son through a difficult time.  1000x5 gave them the books needed to bond. The books came as a gift from the heart with no strings  attached. They found some sense of solace in being able to share the stories together, often taking them to a land of fantasy and better times. Mom and son looked forward to the evenings of sharing and at some points laughter. She would tell me books are expensive and with thanks to 1000x5 and our preschool program they are in a better place with goals to move ahead while still loving and learning from the gift of books. Mom beams with pride and appreciation of these two groups.

From an Early Childhood Educator

Families value the books provided by 1000 x 5 because they want the best for their children and they generally understand that reading, being read to and the world of stories is important.  They also appreciate the quality of books in terms of selection, condition and packaging.  We know this because parents tell us so.  We also see the positive reaction to the books when we offer them to parents using the services of our Food Bank. 

Partnering with 1000x5 has allowed the Mustard Seed to promote literacy with low income families who might otherwise not have regular access to quality books.  We tend to see many people on a regular basis who might not be connected to other resources such as the library.  1000 x 5 books have enhanced our service to the community by combining childhood literacy with emergency food supplies.   Recent information from 1000x5 stated that the Mustard Seed has distributed over 50,000 books to children under 6 years of age over the past few years through 1000 x 5 – that is amazing and wonderful news! 

The Mustard Seed

Artemis Young Parent Program supports pregnant teens and young parents in a nurturing community while also providing a safe, stimulating environment for their children. In the on-site licensed infant/toddler centre the staff of experienced Early Childhood Educators provide care for 12 children along with building respectful, trusting relationships with their families. We have greatly appreciated being a part of the 1000x5 book project. The children love getting new books each month and it’s always a gift to watch a mom sit down with her child to read together - for some of them this wasn’t an activity they experienced in their own childhood. We want to thank all of you for your generousity, time and work in organizing this project.

Artemis Young Parent Program

For 8 years, we have had a pink bin at our front door in which to collect books to send to 1000X5. It has become a familiar sight to see parents or children tipping books into that bin. We send newsletter updates that Eileen provides and sometimes mention the bin on the announcements. One of the most moving moments was when a student arrived in the office, saying “I just had a birthday and got lots of presents. I want to give something away.” and deposited a few books into the bin. We know how important books are to all kids, but especially in the early years. Thank you 1000x5 for all that you do to help more children enter school ready and happy to learn. 

Elementary Principal

Victoria Native Friendship Centre families have received in excess of 8,000 books since the inception of 1000 by 5.  What a gift this has been for our families! Each month the families, particularly the children, look forward to picking out new books to take home

I have noticed that parents are reading more to their children in the centre, which in the past was something that rarely happened in public.  The children are demanding to hear the stories that they have chosen and the parents are obliging. What this indicates to me is two things.  One, the attachment between child and parent is stronger and two, that reading is taking precedence over the other toys and stimulus in the room.  Both are amazing outcomes for our parents and their children. We can’t thank you and the people who take the time to package the books each month for the gift of words.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Thank you so much for all of your hard work on 1000 x 5.  This program makes such a difference for our Strong Start children and their families.  We so appreciate all of the support that you provide in ensuring that these wonderful books get in the hands of our wee Strong Start children.  Congratulations on your milestone of 130,000 That means 130,000 opportunities for early learners in our community to be confident, enthusiastic readers in the future.

Strong Start

Talking about 1000x5 and offering books to families helps promote early literacy at home. Some families in our postnatal groups have expressed that the books received through 1000x5 are the first books that baby reads/plays with.  Parents tell me their children love the books. Parents get baby books at a time when they might not have taken their babies to the library yet or tried to get any books for them so they are encouraging literacy at a younger age.  The parents see the pleasure babies get from books.

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House

Wow, awesome work.  Congratulations.  The books we get here at Vic West disappear to smiling people as quick as we can stock them up so keep up the great work.  Plus, we have a book exchange here so we do see books return and get shared around the neighbourhood. Could we get some books some time for our special events? We share your passion for increasing literacy in young children and find many times to share that with families.

Vic West Community Centre

As a Public Health Nurse, it is an amazing gift to be able to give books to families when we meet them at the Health Unit or do a Home Visit. It opens up the conversation for families to talk about reading with their children. It also allows us to role model for parents who may not be reading frequently at home. Sometimes I encourage parents to talk about the pictures or colours in a book if the child doesn’t want to sit and listen to the story. We know that this special time for children is essential to their literacy and future learning skills. Thank you to all the volunteers and people who make the 1000x5 program happen. I hope we can continue to recycle books in our community and get them into the hands of families with young children.

A Public Health Nurse


Books In Hands Of Young Children

Volunteer Hours Sorting Books

Children taking Home Books Monthly

Agencies Distributing Books To Families

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