BOOKS FOR ALL: Warwick Men's Shed president John Nohlmans and Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise president Sandra Head said the libraries will inspire more people to read.
BOOKS FOR ALL: Warwick Men's Shed president John Nohlmans and Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise president Sandra Head said the libraries will inspire more people to read. Tessa Flemming

'Letterbox libraries' keep love of books alive

WARWICK parks are often the perfect places for kids to have fun in the sun, but that is not always the case for their parents.

That's why one organisation, with the help of Warwick Men's Shed, is hoping to change that.

The Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise is rolling out six 'street libraries' to be placed in parks and popular spots before Christmas.

Past president of the club David Kemp said he came up with the idea after visiting Los Angeles and seeing their community libraries.

"I saw there were some libraries beside the bus shelters there, where people could come and read books and put them back," he said.

"And one of Rotary's main areas is literacy, so we were keen to do this, to support literacy in the area and the community."

Hoping to place the libraries in areas people walked past daily on their way to school or shopping, club president Sandra Head said the easy-to-access books would spur the whole family to get reading.

"If kids see their mum reading in the park, they'll get into the habit of reading," Mrs Head said.

"I hope it renews enthusiasm, and for kids, kindles that enthusiasm, that kids can copy what they see."

Warwick Men's Shed member Trevor Schrader was keen to get on-board with the trend after seeing the libraries himself while travelling in Tasmania.

"I didn't know much about them, but they're pretty prevalent in little country towns, and it can take the place of a book exchange. They're out there 24/7, you don't have to wait for some place to open up," he said.

"It means you can go up there and have a look, and for me, I don't use the internet, I only read books."

According to Mr Schrader, the project was a way to use the members of the Men's Shed and their talents to help out Warwick.

"We're always working for the community," he said.

"We can build most things if we want to."

While the libraries are currently awaiting paint jobs before they're installed, planned spots for the boxes include the Leslie Park playground, Federation Park near Tiddalik, Jackie Howe Park, Mile End Park, and hopefully in the future, Akooramak aged-care.



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