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by Caroleann (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes. I enjoy the outdoors and anything to do with the water. My interests are travel, Live Theatre,The Ballet and Restaurants that serve delicious innovative food.
Published October 2nd 2021
The Street Library is unique, free and a good read
covid hobbies reading original Idea
What an innovative idea - a little library to spread joy in your neighbourhood
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in our community have gone out of their way to be kind by helping others. Many have become depressed and worried regarding their future. There has also been loneliness due to isolation from family and friends.

However, some have found it has given them time to spend doing things that bring joy, like walking in nature and sharing a takeaway coffee with a friend, taking up a hobby they have always wanted to do, or working on their gardens. You just have to walk around the neighbourhood to notice this.

Spring Street Library Flowers
Spring is in the air . A great season for a walk and enjoy nature


On one of my daily walks, I made my way to Little Manly Beach and discovered a Street Library on the corner of Marshall and Wood St. I was intrigued, so chose a book and made my way to the park above little Manly Beach and settled down to read. It is very peaceful with beautiful views overlooking the harbour. There is a cafe down the stairs, near Little Manly Beach, to get a takeaway coffee. There is also free parking and facilities. If you can't go to a play or a film due to COVID-19, then why not discover the pleasure of reading while in nature!

Little Manly Park Cafe Coffee views facilities
Relax and enjoy a good book - what a view


At the end of this article, there will be a summary of the history of how the Street Library started. Also, how you can be involved, if you choose to do so.

Children's Books at the Street Library
The Street Library - a great idea enjoy


The Street Library is a unique idea supported by local councils and individuals. They are in many areas of Sydney and give pleasure to many. I live in the Manly area and there are three that I can walk to from my home. You can take or borrow a book from the Street Library. You are also encouraged to leave a book that you have read and don't want to keep. There are all kinds of books available, including children's books. So if you have young ones at home and are running out of stories to read to them, this can help. You will see that I have displayed some of these above

Also, if you are like me and love to read, you may have more time during the pandemic to read more. It is great for the brain and the imagination.

The Street Library Free Darley rd Manly
The Street Library Free For All Darley Rd Manly


The Roast Office is a cafe on Darley Rd, Manly, previously was a Post Office. It serves locals with meals and some entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. At present, they are serving takeaway coffees and snacks. They have served their customers well by having a Street Library on their premises.

Street Library Roast Office Darley Rd Manly
The Roast Office Cafe, Darley Rd, Manly


I read an article in a local paper in regards to a well-known Street Library situated near Manly Dam. It looked very colourful, so off I went to find it. Here you will see photos of it. Being close to Manly Dam, I had a little walk around the area. You could borrow or take a book and get some takeaway and go into a picturesque area at Manly Dam to read your book in nature.

Manly Dam Street Library
Relax at Manly Dam for a good read


Street Library Manly Dam
Street Library, Manly Dam


Manly Dam Facilities Street Library
Modern Facilities at Manly Dam


The Street Library Manly Dam
A colorfully painted Street Library Manly Dam


Another idea is to get a book from Street Library and drive to a scenic spot like North Head. There is a cafe close by to get a coffee and settle down to have a relaxing read while enjoying great views. There is also space to stretch your legs and get some exercise.

Street Library is a project you can be involved with. To receive more information about this, go to street library.org.au.

Here is a quick summary of ways to do this: Their mission is to encourage literacy - the more you read the more you grow. The more you learn the more places you can go.

It started on the sixth of September 2020. You can get one through your council. Or if you wish, you can have it on your property. Maybe on your garden wall facing the street - you don't need approval for this and it will cost you less.

If you want to be a librarian with the Street Library project, this is what you will do. Volunteer to help check out the ones in your neighbourhood to see that the books donated are of an acceptable standard, keep the Street Library neat and clean and spread the word around the neighbourhood to encourage participation.

It's a great service that has been taken on by the community all over Sydney. Bringing joy and a community spirit that is needed at this time.
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Why? A great idea for locals in lockdown
When: Any day of the week
Where: Manly and other suburbs in Greater Sydney
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I've not actually come across a street library but have often read about them. They are a marvelous idea.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9187) 11 days ago
Reading a local Facebook page, a Frenchs Forest family has created a Street Library.
Accepting pre-loved and read books-children's mainly.
With our local council libraries closed, this is a great idea to introduce the love of reading for the younger generation.
by Gloria (score: 2|473) 12 days ago
Street libraries are not a new thing! There is two on my street for example. It’s a great idea too
by Lauren Wilson (score: 0|9) 12 days ago
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