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Published January 31st 2020
More than just books
The local council library was once a place where readers would enter empty-handed (hopeful of finding a new book to make a friend), and leave with an armful of stories waiting to be explored.
Today, as well as offering that same adventure into the world of books, the local library has even more on offer. The local library has blossomed into an active community hub beyond simply books, magazines and CDs.
The Grange Library at Evelyn Street, in the suburb of the same name, is the perfect example where books collide with a place to meet, eat and grow both conversations, connections and plants.
Here are a couple of points of interest which I found during my visit.
The edible garden is fully fenced to protect the plants, its lawn and its frame of winding paths. There's even a welcoming garden seat to sit and find some peace and tranquillity amongst the greenery.
This community garden has regular working bees of volunteers, who meet every Thursday. I was warmly welcomed to join in and till the soil, water, fertilise, weed and mulch the beds and be a part of making the garden magic happen.
Community gardens have been found to contribute to a healthy lifestyle by:
providing fresh, safe, affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables helping to relieve stress and increase a sense of wellness
getting people active, which improves overall physical health
providing social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging
giving people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, and cooking
- enhancing the surroundings
2. Book Et Brew - The Library Cafe
The library also has an outdoor cafe where you can pick up a drink and snack. Books Et Brew is an outdoor café located on the deck of The Grange library. Fire engine red signage stands out from the curbside, luring caffeine addicts to stop for a brew.
I think libraries have had to evolve as I fear reading is not as popular as it used to be and is also much more accessible on the internet. Our local library doubles as a community meeting place. Many groups including a writing group and a knitting group meet there regularly and a variety of talks and classes are held. I hope that introducing people to libraries in these other ways will also sraw them to the books,
Wow this is great. I run a page sharing info of things to do for children. I would love to share some of these images with our local Mums, credited to you and this publication. Would this be possible please?