Novel idea attracts young readers to little libraries

April 26, 2016 by  

Young readers in South Melbourne, Victoria are seeing libraries stocked with fascinating books popping up before their eyes.

The Port Phillip Council and local Men’s Shed have been introducing miniature kerbside libraries at key locations throughout the municipality.

Mayor Bernadene Voss said 10 of the small library facilities had been built as part of the initiative, which operated under the honesty system and targeted young readers who were invited to select free books to read. In turn, each were required to replace them with other written works.

The construction of the little libraries was undertaken by members of the Port Phillip Men’s Shed who admitted their area of expertise was in building the libraries and not stocking them with literary works.

Project Manager for the Men’s Shed, Rod Hall, said members enjoyed taking part in the project.

Mayor Voss said the joint project had seen the Men’s Shed Association work closely with visitors and local schools on the graphic design, decoration, and creation of the little libraries, which will allow people throughout the South Melbourne area to trade books.

She said the concept had received great support from the community. The Mayor also congratulated the Port Phillip Men’s Shed on their relocation to the South Port Uniting Church which, she said, will provide a great base for the local organisation to continue their inspirational work within the inner-city community.