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Published 12 December 2018

The City of Tea Tree Gully now has four Little Libraries up and running, joining a world-wide network of small neighbourhood book exchanges, spanning over 80 countries.

“It’s early days, but people are already embracing our Little Libraries,” said Carly Didcote, our Youth Development Coordinator.

“Books are coming and going without the need to check them in or out. We’re even seeing new books appear as people latch onto the concept of sharing a favourite book with others.

“The project goes way beyond just borrowing books. It’s about sharing a love of reading, building community and sustainability,” said Carly.

Three Little Libraries sites were selected after Tea Tree Gully Library invited nominations from civic-minded individuals and community groups to adopt Little Libraries in mid-2018.

Successful groups each received a purpose-built wooden library made by members of the Tea Tree Gully Community Men’s Shed. Groups  subsequently decorated and stocked the Little Libraries, thanks to general donations from local hardware and thrift stores.

One of the successful nominees Christine Adams (pictured right) said she thoroughly enjoyed helping set up a Little Library at Modbury Heights, with Kym Dinedios.

The pair came together as a working team after submitting separate nominations for the same site and soon became good friends as a result.

“I’ve got high hopes. The Little Libraries belong to our community. I’m just hoping that people will chat and look after them,” said Christine.

The Little Free Library Network aims to increase access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Our Little Library locations in the City of Tea Tree Gully

  • Billabong Reserve, Modbury Heights
  • Balmoral Reserve, Dernancourt
  • Opposite Gifford Reserve, St Agnes

Westfield Tea Tree Plaza at Modbury also decided to operate a Little Library in its new dining precinct after seeing the advertising of the Council program.  

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