Little Free Libraries coming to BundabergIn the next three months, Little Free Libraries (LFLs) will start making an appearance around the Bundaberg streets, thanks to a project between Bundaberg Regional Libraries, Bundaberg East Rotary and the Bundaberg Woodworkers Guild.
LFLs are an American invention, designed to promote literacy and access to reading, and encourage community connectivity. Bundaberg Youth/Community Services Librarian Sue Gammon, who is also a Rotarian, saw the opportunity to combine the three organisations to provide a great community outcome.
Through a Rotary District 9570 grant $1,000 funding was provided to Bundaberg East Rotary to work with Bundaberg Library to build, stock and install four LFLs by March 2016. The local Woodworkers Guild came on board with enthusiasm, and designed a structure which would stand up to sub-tropical weather. Once finished, the Rotary Club will paint and decorate so all the structures are individual.
Bundaberg Regional Libraries will stock the LFLs and work with the Rotary Club to find the right locations for all four Little Free Libraries. One has been allocated to North Bundaberg as part of the community recovery after the 2013 floods, and one will be situated at the Bundaberg Base Hospital near the Rotary Lodge Patient Accommodation facility. The other two have yet to be placed.
There has been a lot of interest from groups within the Bundaberg Region to fund more LFLs in the Bundaberg area after the pilot project has been completed, so Little Free Libraries could be popping up all over the region.
For further details contact Sue Gammon on (07) 4130 4140.