HAPPY READING: Noah Coulson, Donald MacGregor, Angus Parr and Nathan Banks with Dr Geoff Walden's Street Library Box.
HAPPY READING: Noah Coulson, Donald MacGregor, Angus Parr and Nathan Banks with Dr Geoff Walden's Street Library Box. Sam Turner

'Plant' your street library and watch it grow

AN EXCITING community project is giving residents the chance to 'plant' a street library in their neighbourhood.

The initiative launched by Street Library Australia encourages people to construct accessible spaces for sharing books that are no longer needed.

People can then visit the street library, borrow books whenever they like and return them when they're done.

Gayndah resident and retired music teacher Dr Geoff Walden has recently established his own book space by crafting a wooden box that looks like an old phone box.

"I'd originally found out (about the idea) through my son and daughter-in-law in Canberra, where they've set it up in their front lawn,” Dr Walden said.

"They obviously have more foot traffic there, but from what they've said people are thoroughly enjoying it and using it regularly.”

Dr Walden, who moved to Gayndah from Gympie two years ago, believes this idea could be quite popular in the North Burnett.

"It's such a good concept - you can swap the books, take them, and you don't have to bring them back if you feel so inclined,” Dr Walden said.

After taking inspiration from Better Homes and Garden, Dr Walden fashioned an English telephone box-themed library, ready for the public to use.

"Things like this are just great for the community, with hopefully some of the service clubs taking some inspiration from this,” Dr Walden said.

He said street libraries would be a great addition to some of the region's parks, allowing those in the community to share their love of books and reading with one another.


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