Street Library Installed at Anna Bay Surf Bike and Skate

The street library with Anthony Fenwick, author Michele Abelson, South Tomaree Community Association’s John and Leah Bracgridelle, Kelly Hammond, Chris Mitchell and Gerry Mason. Photo by Marian Sampson.

THE Anna Bay Seven Day Makeover is on hold thanks to COVID-19 as is the planned makeover for the Medowie town centre, however locals in Anna Bay are not letting a virus make them lose all momentum.

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The makeover united the community and has created a sense of pride in the township.

The South Tomaree Community Association (S.T.C.A.) has delivered a street library which offers free access to books and a book swap centre.

A street library is a community service aimed at helping to provide free books without travel.

The community association has 45 members and are a non political group whose purpose is to help locals with any issues within their community.

The tiny library is being kindly hosted by local business Anna Bay Surf, Bike Skate has offered to host the community initiative.

Chris Mitchell President of S.T.C.A. told News Of The Area, “It has taken the association around 12 months to get the street library launched and without Anthony Fenwick coming forward to house the street library it would not be a reality.

“The concept is borrow a book, return a book, leave a book.

“COVID-19 has been hard on our town and now we need people to have a reason to come out and support our local businesses,” she said.

Anthony Fenwick of Anna Bay Surf Bike and Skate said, “There is a street library at the train station at Islington and it works well, adding the street library is just about community, they might sit down and have a coffee and might read a book, it might get people back into reading, it is about the whole community.”

Anthony known locally as Fen has seen many things impact business this year, the droughts, the fires let alone COVID-19 he is hopeful that the tide has turned and we will all have the confidence to get back out and support our local businesses.

Anna Bay businesses have always been strong supporters of the community and housing the street library at his business is just one more way that he can pay it forward for his community.

The brightly coloured installation is a repurposed filing cabinet.

It will have a draw dedicated to children’s books, and it will also have reference books, and fictional novels.

If you haven’t visited Anna Bay recently – it’s time to get out visit the local businesses, enjoy a coffee, soak up the towns cool vibe and perhaps head to Boat Harbour or Birubi Beach to watch the whales.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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