Claremont Little Libraries: Grill’d puts free book exchange on town’s menu

Claremont Mayor Jock Barker and Grill'd manager Daniel Griffin. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d470403
Claremont Mayor Jock Barker and Grill'd manager Daniel Griffin. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d470403

MORE Claremont residents will soon have access to a free book exchange program, thanks to Grill’d Claremont Quarter.

Well known for its ‘Local Matters’ token program, the burger restaurant has got on board to support the Town of Claremont in a book exchange initiative.

Grill’d houses one of the three Little Libraries sites in Claremont, with each offering books for people to borrow and exchange free.

Mayor Jock Barker said those using the libraries were joining an exciting global trend that has seen nearly 40,000 Little Libraries spring up around the world.

“This wonderful community phenomenon is based on a simple, old fashioned honour system,” Mr Barker said.

“The books are housed in a small wooden container and are free to enjoy.

“There is no registration or due back dates, you simply stop, browse and take a book to read, and people can contribute to the book exchange by donating a book from their own collection.”

The interactive project is self managed by its community and is viewed by many as a great opportunity to re-engage with the magic of books.

Grill’d Claremont manager Daniel Griffin said the restaurant was pleased to support the initiative.

“Each month we give away $500 to three different community groups,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunities for local groups to get more exposure and funding, and the Little Libraries program means kids or adults can come to Grill’d, have a meal, read a book and swap it next time they return.”

The other sites are at Cookie Dough in Times Square and Speed Fit on St Quentin Avenue.

A fourth Little Library will be established in Claremont when enough funds are raised.

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