Macleod Free Little Libraries
A new chapter for book lovers as little libraries open in Macleod Park
Neighbours can now take a walk in their local park and share their favourite ‘read’ with the rest of the community via the Little Free Libraries springing up in Macleod Park.
The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Craig Langdon, said the colourful libraries, a first for Banyule, are reminiscent of the many creative letterboxes found across regional Australia, need no membership applications or library cards, and create community hubs for people to gather.
“It’s as easy as walking up to one of these hand crafted Little Free Libraries, selecting a book and taking it home or into this lovely park to read. Once you’ve finished the book you can return it for others to enjoy or donate one of your own books,” he said.
The initiative, supported by Neighbourhood Watch Australia funding, was implemented by Macleod Village Traders, Open House and Banyule Council as part of a now global network of Little Free Libraries, which started in 2009 in Wisconsin in the United States.
Two of the three libraries are now in Macleod Park, with the third to be installed in a couple of months when the Macleod Community Garden is established.
What is a free Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book”, gathering place where neighbours share their favourite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone can stop by and pick up a book, or two, and bring back another book to share.
Open House students built and decorated the libraries, putting much thought into their design. The one near the playground is designed as a spaceship, and stocked with children’s books, and the one on the path to Macleod Railway Station is in the form of a train and stocked with books for adults.
The President of the Macleod Village Traders, Lee Shipley, said it was important to involve young people. “Their involvement has brought a sense of ownership and has also given them valuable skills in working with the community. They have seen what enjoyment this can bring and how they can make a difference by creating something that is also enjoyable for all people,” she said.
The libraries were stocked by donations from the Diamond Valley Community Support Opportunity Shop and local residents.
Visitors to our Park enjoying the Little Free Library and checking out what there is to read.
The two Macleod Village Little Free Libraries were designed and constructed by Open House Macleod.