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Would you consider making a little street library in your neighbourhood?

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A little street libraray - photo courtesy of Street Libraries Australia Facebook Page
Photo courtesy of Street Libraries Australia Facebook Page

Street Libraries are little homes for books, built in your front yard or in community spaces. Neighbours are invited to share the joys of reading, to take a book and leave a book.

Would you be willing to put a street library in your front yard?

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What a lovely idea!
There are some places one could never do this...we all know that.

I do not have much time to read a lot, so I don't have books (I buy on KIndle).

Still such a great way to share, and get to maybe know folk.
I have been considering doing this myself. It would be attached to my front fence on my footpath.
I often leave free things on my footpath with a sign. The items are taken relatively quickly and I have never spoken to the people who take them. One person left a note and some cash when I had lots of one type of plant out.
I have been keeping an eye out for a suitable cabinet that would protect the books from the weather, but with glass so they could be seen.
I would like two cabinets, so I could put children's books in the lower one,
I'd love to do it with an old style telephone box :-)))
by Rice
I have an old style telephone box, but I wouldn't want to risk it getting vandalised or stolen . Maybe my husband might build something similar.
by annfi
I like the idea but I would not want my home to be the centre of attention. It would probably be more suitable for the convenience store.
I think it is a great idea, but having one on my property, and having a variety of strangers coming there on a regular basis, is not really appropriate for a family home. Our local community houses and neighbourhood houses have them for all to experience the joys of reading. I have seen one at a homeless shelter. I know if I was homeless, I would still enjoy a good book.
I only recently heard of these street libraries throug a Weekend Notes article by Paula McManus about some in Adelaide. They are in public places and that makes good sense. I can see real value for them at community centres, council offices, and churches. I'd be happy to have one in front of my property but as we live in a closed court I'm not sure it would suit.
Great idea, but I don't have the time, and you don't know apart from the neighboourhood who it may attract.
I wouldn't like it at my house but we have a park around the corner which would benefit from the addition of a street library.
by Rice
A community park would be an ideal place for a street library.
I think it's a nice idea but not a practical one.
by Vee
I think it is a really lovely idea. But I also think it depends on the area you live in.
My street doesn't get a lot of traffic and I don't think my neighbours would appreciate people coming to visit my "library"
Definitely not - I think it is not a good idea - what is the point - things would get stolen and why do it this way -books are so cheap s/h and free at libraries with a huge range.
by Finy
You have got to be joking. The council would give me a big fine for having such a thing without approval. Some councils are killjoys They continuously plant gum trees in parks instead of fruit trees. Gum trees fall down and kill you.
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