Port Macquarie-Hastings Library Service giving away 10 street library kits

Ready to read: Newcastle visitor Gay Rogers at a street library in Swift Street, Port Macquarie.
Ready to read: Newcastle visitor Gay Rogers at a street library in Swift Street, Port Macquarie.

Port Macquarie is taking sharing to another level as residents build their own street libraries to house curb-side book collections.

The novel idea is encouraging people to make a bookshelf sized home for books to be planted in front yards and read by members of the public.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is giving away 10 do-it-yourself street libraries for free to support the movement and is hosting a workshop to build or decorate them during Library Week celebrations in April.

Library manager Jim Maguire said the street library kits can hold about 30 books each and usually cost $300.

Street library: Maree Dillon with a North Shore street library box.

Street library: Maree Dillon with a North Shore street library box.

"The idea is to encourage community unity at a street level by sharing books and conversations," he said.

"The library is helping assist this through the 10 street library kits and assisting with some books to become self-sufficient."

Residents can commit to the project by attending a launch event at Port Macquarie-Hastings Library during Library Week.

To be in the running for a street library in your neighbourhood, apply online at the library's website mnclibrary.org.au/street-library before Sunday, April 7.

There are currently four curb-side libraries in Port Macquarie at Swift Street, Sussex Court, Yarramundi Road and the famous street library fridge on the North Shore.

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