Street Libraries are quietly spreading and connecting neighbourhoods all over Brisbane

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
“Dr. Seuss”

There are so much to read and learn about and so many inexpensive ways of doing it.

I have discovered a number of quirky neighbourhood street libraries that I’m keen to share them with you as well as a way of reading all the latest magazines for free.

Street Libraries are quietly spreading and connecting neighbourhoods all over Brisbane and we are fortunate enough to have some of them right on our doorstep. These community styled libraries are created by residents and come in all shapes and sizes from repurposed letterboxes to old fridges.

This works by the local community system of an honesty box where residents provide books and sometimes DVDs and children’s games and anyone can come along and borrow them. It works best when you swap one item for another one and if you want to you can donate those that you have preloved and read.

Locally we can find these wonderful libraries at Brookside Shopping Centre opposite Target, Brighton in Gynther Avenue, Bardon – near the corner of Jubilee Terrace and Fletcher Parade, Arana Hills in Hillenvale Avenue, and Dayboro outside Rendezvous Café 2/1 Williams Street. Apparently, there’s nearly 100 of these in Brisbane. Do you know of any others locally? We’d love for you to share them here.

At Samford, they have their very own Business Library with books for future business owners, employees and entrepreneurs it’s in the Blue Hut at 2204 Mt Samson Road and you can be a member for $5. You can borrow up to 5 books with no time limit on them. For everything customer, marketing, managerial support, and self-help. They are open Wednesday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 2pm – 5pm.

If you are an avid magazine reader and love to have them at your fingertips as soon as they are released the Brisbane City Council has a system that if you’re a member you can get them direct to your phone or iPad etc. to read as soon as they come out. No more old magazines hanging around and you can just screenshot what you want to keep for future reference or to read later. To be eligible for this contact your local library and they will help you through the process of downloading the app etc. then you can even set it up so each month you are notified as soon as a new one hits the stands, sometimes before!

This weekend from today until Sunday the Lifeline Bookfest is being held at the Ipswich Showgrounds. With books price from $1 and free entry, you’re bound to bag some bargain reading.

On Wednesday 5 September from 9am, Indigenous Literacy Day, Connected Incorporated at 4A/143 St Vincents Road, Virginia will hold their Great Book Swap, you can bring along one of your favourite books and swap it for another from their extensive library. All for the price of a gold coin donation (maximum of three books per person). All proceeds will go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Happy Reading.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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