ARMADALE will be joining the worldwide Little Free Libraries movement to promote reading and bring neighbours together.
Officially launching the program on December 15, the first of ten Little Outdoor Libraries will be erected in public locations around the city in the new year.
With a group of custodians assigned to each little library, the boxes act like a repository for books where anyone can stop by, pick up a book and bring back another to share.
The project is being run by UnitingCare West and volunteers from the Forrestdale Community Men’s Shed.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the colourful libraries, a first for Armadale, were part of an exciting international movement, which had its origins in 2009 in the United States.
There are about 50,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world bringing kerbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually.
“Not only does this project encourage our community to read more and promote sustainability, it also connects like-minded people and makes the sharing of books even more accessible for all,” Cr Zelones said
“The beauty of the Little Libraries is that they need no membership applications or library cards, and create community hubs for people to gather. It’s as easy as walking up to one of these hand crafted Little Libraries, selecting a book and taking it home.
“Once you’ve finished the book you can return it for others to enjoy or donate one of your own books.”
Custodians will be able to decorate their own Little Library and monitor their care and maintenance.
For more information there will be sessions held in mid-January or check the City of Armadale website.