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Published February 5th 2019
Leave a Book and Borrow a Book
Street Libraries are a growing phenomenon across the nation and particularly in the Redlands Coast area, south-east of Brisbane. Originally a concept from the United States of America, Street Libraries of all shapes and sizes are popping up in suburban front gardens, and other easily accessible places, in different shapes, colours and sizes.

What are Street Libraries all about? They are a home for books and magazines that can easily be shared within the community. People are encouraged to "take a book and leave a book", thereby motivating people to foster a love of reading as well as creating a cycle of generosity. Personal experience tells me that children particularly enjoy borrowing new books.

Street Libraries also bring neighbourhoods closer together. In these days, when social media and the internet play such an important role in our lives, and we are all busy negotiating the requirements of modern day living, these facilities encourage community and the opportunity to communicate with the locals.

At the Street Library near my home, a local mother hand painted some rocks over the school holidays, which she then planted amongst the books as well as around the parklands, allowing the local kiddies to play 'hide and seek' with these beautifully coloured stones. What a great way to get our youngsters involved in outdoor play!

Here are just some of the Street Libraries located within the Redlands Coast:

171 Main Road, Redland Bay.

5 Sylvia Court, Capalaba.

Montgomery Drive Park, Montgomery Drive, Alexandra Hills.

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4 Bellenden Drive, Victoria Point

55 Francis Road, Macleay Island

General Guidelines For Street Libraries

Must be clean and welcoming

Must be easily accessible

Books do not get signed in or out

Must not be on Council property, including the verge, without Council approval.

Do you remember what Dr Sues said? 'The more you read, the more things you will know… The more you learn, the more places you will go… '

Are you aware of any more Street Libraries in the Redlands that you can share?
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Why? Encourages community and a love of reading
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These have popped up all over my local area too. It's great to see books being promoted in such a quirky way.
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1870) 1458 days ago
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