Street library for Book Week

August 23, 2019

Street Library

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

The children at Everlearn Prestons LOVE their books and are always keen to explore a new story or share a story with their friends and wider community.

When they found out about how street libraries work and that there were very few in South-West Sydney they took upon themselves to create their very own street library in time for Book Week. With the assistance of their teachers the children painted, installed and stocked one of Prestons’ very first street libraries with some of their favourite stories.


HOW IT WORKS:
Anyone may contribute or take books. The more the merrier! If you take a book (or two) from a Library, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the Street Library full of good choices for the whole community, the next time you swing by the Library bring a few books to share.

Street Library book exchanges function on the honour system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside.

This way, we all win!


Since opening our street library we have had great feedback from the local community.

Comments from children at the preschool:

  • The library is so cute, do fairies sleep in it at night?
  • I love checking the library in the morning to see if there are more books.
  • It’s nice to give the books we are finished reading to other children to read
  • There are so many books in our street library I think it will explode soon.
  • We went through the books we had read at home and put them in the street library and took new books to read.
  • The birds like our street library too, I saw one sitting on it.
  • Our street library is awesome. I say good morning street library when I walk in the preschool gate.
  • When we drive by our preschool we wave to our street library because we love it.

Comments from local parents:

  • This is the first I’ve heard of or seen a street library.
  • Love the design it’s very vibrant and inviting.
  • I love that the children get to choose books they may not necessarily see at a store or be available anymore.
  • It is so easy and to use before preschool drop off or at pick up time.
  • We have so many books at home that the children have outgrown this is a great way to share them.
  • Great idea to encourage the love of reading in young children.
  • It is like a treasure trove, you never know what books the children will find in their street library.
  • A great way to teach children to recycle, share and give.
  • The siblings get just as excited about the street library.
  • Another wonderful Everlearn addition.

    We are so excited to be able to share our love of early literacy with our wider community and hope that our street library can be used for many years to come.

    Happy reading!

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