Five new street libraries in Cockburn

Connecting Community for Kids’ Justine Fawcett with Eva 4 & Laura McKenzie (Leading Educator). Photo: Jon Hewson. d487627 communitypix.com.au
Connecting Community for Kids’ Justine Fawcett with Eva 4 & Laura McKenzie (Leading Educator). Photo: Jon Hewson. d487627 communitypix.com.au

BOOK lovers rejoice, community street libraries are popping up all over Cockburn this month.

The Connecting Community for Kids initiative has seen five street libraries built for the wider community to enjoy, with the first installed at the Meerilinga Children and Family Centre in Coolbellup on October 11.

The second will be unveiled at the Yangebup Family Centre on Saturday as part of a larger community event to launch the new bike track and social sandpit toys.

Others will be installed at South Lake’s Ottey Family and Neighbour Centre, the Jean Willis Centre in Hamilton Hill and outside a home on Carnegie Parade, Success at later dates.

Connecting Community for Kids community facilitator Belinda Ngoroyemoto said it had been a community effort with Men’s Shed Cockburn donating the wood for the library bases, Bunnings Cockburn Central holding workshops to build and paint them while Street Library Australia provided the pre-cut libraries.

“There will be all sorts of books for all ages, cooking books, children’s book, novels and magazines and people are encouraged to leave a book and take a book,” she said.

“Connecting Community for Kids really want to encourage people from all walks of life to get out and about in their local community and encourage them to read and talk about books with their neighbours.

“It’s about building neighbourhood connections and addressing social isolation and making our neighbourhoods feel safe, happy, healthy and a fun place to live and thrive.

“Locals should use the street libraries to be a shining example to the next generation, teaching children about sharing, sharing books, sharing ideas and showing children how to take care of something with in the community and what it means to be part of something greater.”

The Yangebup event will run from 9.30am to 11.30am on October 27.

Visit www.streetlibrary.org.au for more information.