Mrs D’s Little Free Library to encourage reading in Cockburn

Colleen Donaldson, James Donaldson, Glenn Donaldson, Lauren Coleman, Bernice Tonkin, Craig Coleman and Robert Donaldson stand beside Mrs D’s Little Free Library.
Colleen Donaldson, James Donaldson, Glenn Donaldson, Lauren Coleman, Bernice Tonkin, Craig Coleman and Robert Donaldson stand beside Mrs D’s Little Free Library.

A NEW library has opened in Cockburn but this one will not be run by the local council.

Mrs D’s Little Free Library is a community initiative where people take a book to read and replace it with one of their own.

The concept originated in the US but has spread throughout the world.

Lauren Coleman said the library, which opened on November 29, was a tribute to her mum Colleen Donaldson, an avid reader and registrar at Spearwood Alternative School.

“She loves to share books with everyone so we thought this little community project would be right up her alley,” she said.

The family built the library, which is perched at the front of 225 Spearwood Avenue, out of recycled material.

Ms Coleman said it can hold up to 50 books at a time.

She said they have an abundance of adult books but are looking for more children’s books.

“Within it are several shared journals where you can read other people’s stories, favourite quotes and drawings then add your own and return to the library,” she said.

For information join Mrs D’s Little Free Library group on Facebook.