Bulahdelah and Stroud benefiting from Little Street Libraries

Lily Gilbert loves using the Little Street Library.
Lily Gilbert loves using the Little Street Library.


THERE is nothing better on a cold winter’s day than curling up with a good book.

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But even better if you manage to score yourself a free book.

Residents of Stroud and Bulahdelah have been able to treat themselves to a free book at a wonderful little initiative called ‘little street libraries’, and News Of The Area have it on good authority that Medowie and Raymond Terrace might just be next on the list.

Little street libraries are a small bookcase, located somewhere central, where residents can take a book, or leave a book whenever they desire.

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R & R Property began in Stroud and Bulahdelah, but have branched out and now cover all the Mid Coast council area, Great Lakes and Port Stephens Council areas.

When the Managing Director Denise Haynes saw a television show on the ABC about little street libraries popping up all around Australia she contacted the Street Library company straight away about how to participate in the various communities she is involved with.

Denise told News Of The Area, “I saw this as a great way to encourage people to still read and share books.”

“We now have two street library locations, one in Stroud and one in Bulahdelah and we are also currently arranging to install one in Medowie and possibly Raymond Terrace in the near future as well.”

“We feel that the little libraries are in a convenient location for the public, are open 24hours a day and anybody can use them. I mean, how many of us have stacks of books at home that we have already read and they are just going to waste stored away?” she said.

“Why not share them with other members of your community?” she added.

Denise remarked that she often hears people at their street library nearby remarking on how wonderful it is, and she delights in spying someone changing over the books there, and choosing something new.

She said, “Some days it may be almost empty when I leave to go home, and then the next morning it is full of books again, so it definitely works and is valued.”

“I’ve even found books in there that I’ve taken home to read myself.”

Next time you’re in Bulahdelah or Stroud, keep your eye out for the little red libraries.

Medowie and Raymond Terrace, we’ll keep you posted on when you will be seeing a little library in your town soon.


By Rachael VAUGHAN


Mia Finch, Arianna Finch and Lily Gilbert enjoy bringing and swapping books at the Little Street Library.
Mia Finch, Arianna Finch and Lily Gilbert enjoy bringing and swapping books at the Little Street Library.

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