New Little Street Library at Alchester Village Pre-School

The Rotary Club of Boronia’s 7th Little Street Library was launched at the Alchester Village Pre-School/Kindergarten, 30 Lockwoods Road Boronia on 15th November 2023, in conjunction with the kindergarten annual general meeting.

The opening ceremony was attended by Rotary Club of Boronia President Greg Mossop, Cr Marcia Timmers-Leitch (representing newly elected Knox Mayor, Cr Jude Dwight), kindergarten staff, parent group leaders, parents and several Rotary Club of Boronia members.  Following the launch and ribbon cutting, all present were invited add books and make use of the new facility.

The library was constructed by Rotarian Chris Karajas and modified by kindergarten parent, Ben Walker to be accessible from the street whilst located inside the front fence of the kindergarten grounds.

Kindergarten representative, Christine Ruff noted that the library reflects many of the pre‑school’s values, including:

  • the establishment and maintenance of community links
  • the importance of reducing, re-using and recycling (the library was constructed and modified using re-purposed materials)
  • the promotion of early childhood literacy
  • the continued sense of custodianship of a community asset.

The new library joins other Rotary Club of Boronia libraries located at Alchester Village (Koko Lime Café), Boronia Mall (main entrance foyer), Wantirna Mall (Ritchies IGA), The Basin Shopping Strip (Svak’s Café), Stud Road Shopping Strip (Schokolade) and Boronia Village (Mum’s Kitchen), all of which are registered with the Street Library Association of Australia.  This Association aims to foster reading at all ages of the Australian community and has a motto:
TAKE a Book, GIVE a Book, SHARE a Book.

A little‑known fact is that there are more than 5000 registered Street Libraries across Australia, more than 1000 in Victoria and 10 in the Knox Council area, seven of which have been established and are maintained by our Club.

 

Subsequent to the launch, the library has been hand decorated by Kindergarten Management Committee President, Elise Dartnell to depict native scenery as proposed by the children.

 

November 2023
Updated January 2024

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