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Street libraries catching on in community housing

Written by John Murray

I started building street libraries when a friend and member of a book club asked me to build her one. 

Then, I built four street libraries for friends in Baulkham Hills, Killcare, Gerringong, and Pennant Hills.

Each library echoes the character of the home. And it helps create a system of recycling books and a conversation starting point.

One of Link Wentworth’s Community Engagement staff came to visit me and thought it was a great idea and asked me if I could build five more libraries. 

I think it is a lovely community engagement project.

These street libraries are small pieces of public infrastructure and need to last. During the storm on 9 February 2020, my first piece survived a large gum tree falling on it!

I love doing woodwork. I started woodwork when I was twelve, and now I have a workshop on my balcony at home. My favourite piece that I have made is a coffee and games table which sits in my lounge room.

It would be great if residents in the local community could support the Street Library project so more books can be recycled and shared.

Link Wentworth resident using a Street Library

To learn more about our Street Libraries, please call our Community Programs/Sustainable Communities Team on 9412 5111 or send an email to enquiries@linkwentworth.org.au.

This story originally appeared in the first edition of the: Link Wentworth newsletter.   

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