Lewisham Library

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We first found out about street libraries after hearing about them on Bookish, comedian Jennifer Wong’s ABC iView series about books and reading. A street library is a painted box outside our house containing a selection of books. You can take a book, or leave a book; it’s up to you.

Lewisham Library
Lewisham Library

Given that many people stop outside our house to discuss the garden anyway, we figured having a street library would give people another reason to stop by. So we decided to create a street library and put it in our front garden.

We built our street library out of plywood, and added a couple of old slates on top of the roof to give it a cottage feel.

We also ordered a sticker from streetlibrary.com.au that tells the neighbourhood this is a registered street library. Every sticker is numbered so that each librarian can register their library on a map. There’s already several street libraries across the inner west.

We put a selection of books in the street library this morning, some come by when you’re in the area!

Lewisham street library


2 thoughts on “Lewisham Library

    Emily Scott said:
    July 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    It looks beautiful. Hope it works out for you as some providers of street libraries have found very few books are added and they have to constantly top up the supply with new books.

      James said:
      October 26, 2016 at 9:17 am

      A few months in, and the street library is going strong!

      There have been a few dips in “inventory” where we’ve had to re-stock the library. Recently, however, we’ve had a heap of books added to the library by the local community.

      And we’ve had a heap of great feedback, so it’s a winner 🙂

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