On June 2 Autism Resources Miramichi opened The Book Nook, a book store staffed by people diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and believed to be the first of its kind in New Brunswick. The idea came from a student at the centre who envisioned a book store run by his peers, giving them a place to work on their skills and a job to call their own.
Organizers asked for donations from the community and received more than 10,000 books.
The March of Dimes is funding the project, but the Book Nook aims to be a financially viable business. Public response so far has been very positive with sales of more than $400 in the first week. The Book Nook is located at 139 Duke Street in Chatham. It’s open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30