Port Macquarie-Hastings Council supports street library initiative

Wauchope has two of 10 new street libraries throughout the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

The libraries are aimed at fostering a love of reading and strengthen neighbourhood ties.

It is all thanks to a Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Port Macquarie Hastings Library Service initiative, coupled with community enthusiasm to join the street library network.

A giveaway of 10 street library kits attracted 48 applications with judging based on the application quality and the geographic location.

Along with the Wauchope libraries, other successful applicants included five in Port Macquarie, one in Kendall,one in Lake Cathie and one in Bonny Hills.

They each received a free street library kit.

Marketing and program librarian Kate Forrest said most of the 10 new street libraries had been installed.

"Street libraries really do become owned by the neighbourhood and people take care of them," she said.

Ms Forrest said street libraries promoted a love of reading and positive neighbourhood connections.

The successful applicants attended two workshops at the Mid North Coast Community College MakerSpace to construct and decorate the street libraries.

The street library community gathered to celebrate at Port Macquarie Library during Library Week.

The new street library locations are at 24 Mill Hill, 4 The Summit, 20 Hillcrest Avenue and 4 Wayfield Way in Port Macquarie; 85 Riverside Drive on Port Macquarie's North Shore; 63 Abel Tasman Drive in Lake Cathie; 996 Ocean Drive in Bonny Hills; 29 Graham Street in Kendall; 24 Azalea Avenue, Wauchope, and 3 Riverbreeze Drive.

Most of the new street libraries are up and running.