The Rotary Club of Boronia successfully launched its third Little Street Library, located in front of the King Bean Café at Wantirna Mall, on Friday, 13th December 2019.
The Club celebrated 50 years of service to the Boronia and surrounding community on ANZAC Day 2018. To celebrate these years of service the Club commenced a program of providing Little Street Libraries at accessible locations within the community. Other Little Street Libraries can be found at Alchester Village (in front of the Koko Lime Café) and in the Boronia Mall.
The Wantirna Mall Little Street Library was launched by City of Knox Mayor, Cr Nicole Seymour and Ward Councillor, Cr Marcia Timmers-Leitch, assisted by student leaders from Regency Park Primary School, Wantirna and members of the Rotary Club of Boronia. The Library was built using a minor project grant from Know Council; students from Regency Park Primary School decorated the library.
Registered with the Street Library Organisation of Australia (www.streetlibrary.org.au), Street Libraries are popping up all over Australia in streets, front gardens, shopping centres, old phone booths, encouraging people to put down their phones and “TAKE a Book, GIVE a Book, SHARE a Book”. Like the Alchester Village and Boronia Mall Libraries, The Wantirna Mall Little Street Library has been initially stocked with both adult and children’s books donated by Rotary members and their friends. The project encourages community members to take a book to read and replace it with one for someone else to enjoy. This is the way that these libraries eventually sustain themselves.
Club members regularly visit each of the Libraries and add books, if needed; however, once the community becomes aware of the availability of “free” books, the Libraries become “self-seeding”.