What a wonderful idea! Street Library is encouraging the free sharing of books with these little weather-proof houses for books planted on people’s front fences – little libraries that are popping up at front yards all over Australia. The idea is that people can take a book – without the need to check in or out – or they can leave a book; it’s based on trust and community. The sticker on the boxes reads: ‘Street Library: Take a book. Give a book. Whatever. Enjoy!’
‘Books have the power to transport people to a different world, experience the impossible, and unlock people’s potential,’ says the Street Library website. ‘The hope is that one day, a little boy with no books in his house can pass by a local Street Library and discover a new world of opportunities.’
Their goal is bring neighbourhoods all over Australia closer together and to build an Australian-based movement (the original Street Library originated in the US) that ‘motivates people to engage with their community in a positive and easy way.’
‘By participating in the Street Library movement, you too can help encourage reading, encourage sharing, and encourage community.’
Street Library Australia is a registered non-profit charity with workshops that enable people to get involved in sharing books and promoting literacy. You can even learn to build a street library and the next event is this workshop in Sydney is this Sunday July 24.
You can find out more here: https://streetlibrary.org.au/