Holiday Magic: The Making of Book Boxes for Centraide

By Amanda Wheatley, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator & Liaison Librarian

This year, to raise money for Centraide of Greater Montreal, the Library offered a one-time book box subscription service to the McGill community. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support of this new initiative. Together we raised $1,073.71 for Centraide from 101 boxes! 

How it worked

For a minimum donation of $5, participants were able to fill out a questionnaire with their reading preferences so that our librarians could pick out the perfect library book for them.

The Book Boxes include:

  • A library book borrowed to each participant’s account
  • A list of personalized reading suggestions
  • A holiday cards made from a McGill Book Arts Laboratory’s printing press
  • Customized notepads
  • A handmade crocheted keychain in the shape of a book
  • And other various goodies!  

Our findings

Over the past week, Library staff worked hard to pack 101 Book Boxes (see time-lapse below!). Along the way, we learned a lot of fun facts about the students and staff at McGill. We started by asking people what their favourite genres were. This is what they said.

Top 5 Genres McGillians Love to Read 

  1. Mystery 
  2. Classics  
  3. Science Fiction
  4. Historical Fiction 
  5. Fantasy 

Books and Authors Most Loved by McGillians 

  • Jane Austen 
  • Harry Potter 
  • Lord of the Rings 

Movies Most Loved by McGillians 

  • Mamma Mia 2
  • Little Women 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe  
  • Lord of the Rings 
  • Parasite 

We also asked participants to rank four Montreal iconic locations from favourite to least favourite as everyone knows this is a crucial determining factor in one’s reading tastes 😉

Most Iconic Locations in Montreal as Ranked by McGillians 

  1. Old Montreal
  2. Mont-Royal
  3. The Biodome  
  4. The Olympic Stadium 

Heartfelt thanks

A huge thank you for your support! We had so much fun and were delighted by the response from you, our community. Ok, we’re off to watch Mamma Mia 2 and read Pride and Prejudice in Old Montreal!


Library staff compiling the 101 boxes

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