Kids Say

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Conversation Corner

Kids can use this space, at anytime - as it's not connected to specific projects or plans - to let us know about things important to them around Council's decision making, as our young Blue Mountains residents.

Kids Street Libraries

Conversation Corner

Kids can use this space, at anytime - as it's not connected to specific projects or plans - to let us know about things important to them around Council's decision making, as our young Blue Mountains residents.

Kids Street Libraries

  • 11 New Kids Street Libraries

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    31 Mar 2021
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    When we asked children to help us find suitable locations for our new kids street libraries, they responded with passion and creativity! Now there are 11 kids street libraries around the Blue Mountains to help us promote the benefits of reading for kids (0-12 years).

    The beautifully constructed and decorated libraries are now operational at the chosen sites, here:

    • 14 Roberts Parade, Hawkesbury Heights
    • 2 Euroka Road, Glenbrook
    • 5 Lapstone Crescent, Blaxland
    • 3 Judith Avenue, Mt Riverview
    • Rainbow Preschool, 53 Singles Ridge Road, Winmalee
    • 30 Green Parade, Valley Heights
    • Warrimoo Public School 16-30, Florabella Street
    • 15 Springwood Avenue, Springwood
    • Near corner of Bellevue & Highland Rd, Faulconbridge
    • 25 Shortland Street, Wentworth Falls
    • Kookaburra Preschool 9-11 Park Avenue, Blackheath


    Council invited children’s participation in this project through the Kids Say portal. The children asked property owners for permission and to take responsibility for each library, ensuring they would be safe for kids in the neighbourhood.

    Eleven sites met all criteria and there is an even spread through the whole Blue Mountains local government area. The libraries are now stocked with books suitable for children of 0-12 years of age, kindly donated by Blue Mountains Library.

    The Kids Street Library project is a collaboration between kids and community and we’d like to thank everyone who took part:

    • The kids who helped us include: Chloe Fenning; Eva Faull; Class 5H/C 2020 from Warrimoo Public; Iszaak & Jeremiah Blanch; Neva Stockwell; Steph Zhang-Kilgarriff; Huxley Logue; Elijah Hughan; Zoey Gradden; Robert, Lucas & Thomas Campbell.
    • Elijah Hughnan and Neva Okunew for the design ideas.
    • The community members who took ownership of the libraries, including: Louisa & Ian Dingwall; Jodie Logue; Marjorie June; Alanna Fenning; Adrian Faull; Mr Jeff & Ms Harris; Nafiye Mind; Joan Murray; Jon Zhang-Kilgarriff; Kerrie Lovegrove; Louise Beckett.
    • The members of The Blue Mountains Women’s Shed who assembled, installed, and painted the libraries with the kids' design: Sherlie McMillan; Rachel Conolan; Tina McCormick; Maude Sinclair, Brigitte Gordian, Rachel Hall, Lindena Robb.
    • The Central Blue Mountains Men’s shed who assembled and installed the libraries: John Crichton. Peter Bugeja, Andrew Jamieson, Mark Metcalf, David Caton, Garth Cootes and Robert Carruthers.


  • Kids Street Library at Glenbrook

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    23 Feb 2021
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    2 Euroka Street Glenbrook was a favorite option for Damien, Robert & Lucas Campbell and for Zoey Gradden.

    Local neighbour Louisa and Ian Dingwell were very happy to offer their place for the location!


    The Campbell brothers suggested that
    "This spot is close to Glenbrook shops and lots of people pass by. People will be able to stop then when they go to the shops." .

    Zoey added Glenbrook village is always so busy and Ian's house is the perfect location as so many people would go past it all the time.

    It looks like this Library will be busy! Come and check it out!

    Unfortunately when we took the photo Zoey was unable to join us but sent her little sister Matilda along to inspect the Library. Matilda is pictured with Robert, Lucas and Thomas ( L_R)



  • Kid's Street Library at Mt Riverview

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    23 Feb 2021
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    Chloe was most excited about the arrival of the Kids Street Library at 3 Judith Avenue Mt Riverview and the great selection of books!

    Chloe is keen to be in charge of the Library outside her house and make sure that kids in the local neighborhood come and borrow the books.

    Thanks Chloe!!

  • Kids Street Library at Warimoo

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    23 Feb 2021
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    Grade 5/6H at Warrimoo Public School identified their school, 16-30 Florabella St Warrimoo, in the heart of the community, was a perfect place for a Kids Street Library.
    The class gave some good reasons for their choice:
    "The first reason is that over 170 students walk past the library everyday without fail.
    Secondly, we do not have a library close by and the closest is in Blaxland.
    Thirdly, we are the leaders at Warrimoo Public School and would love the opportunity to look after this precious street library as one of our responsibilities. It can then be a job for Stage 3 each year to look after the library.
    Finally we all love reading so much at Warrimoo Public and regularly find that we have read all of our own books. This would be an opportunity not only to share what resources we have but also be kind to our fellow students and share our resources too.
    We hope you consider our proposal. 5/6H students."
    What a great bunch of young community leaders!
    And thanks to their wonderful teacher Ms Harris who helped make this happen!

  • Kids Street Library at Blaxland

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    17 Feb 2021
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    You can now visit the Kids Street Library at 5 Lapstone Crescent, Blaxland.

    Eva Faull helped find this location. We live on quite a busy road. We get people coming from the high school and from Glenbrook public school coming past daily. It would have great exposure and be really useful to the families in the area.

    The Kids Library is indeed proving to be very popular in the neighbourhood. Dad Adrian reports Most days when I come home from work I can see that there are new books in there and lots going out. Amazing!"

    Just how we want it ! There's nothing better than reading to kids and supporting kids to read.
    Thanks Eva- a great choice for location.
    Eva and her brother Van - pictured below are so happy with the new neighbourhood Kids Street Library!

  • Kids Street Library at Springwood

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    09 Feb 2021
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    The latest Library has now been added at 15 Springwood Ave Springwood.
    Marjorie June has been most excited about the addition to her street with families in the neighbourhood and an early childhood education centre right across the road!
    It didnt take long for interest in the new street Library to be shown!
    The beautiful decoration by members of the Women's Shed with the designs inspired by our own local kids makes the idea reading even more attractive!

  • Kids Street Library at Faulconbridge

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    02 Feb 2021
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    The installation of the first Kids Street Library for 2021 is at 26 Bellevue Road Faulconbridge.

    Huxley Logue aged 5 recommended this location saying “I love to read and I think my friends do too. I go to my local library almost everyday! I would love for my friends and neighbours to visit a library box at my place - it would be soooooo cool!”

    And it does indeed look so cool! Painted and installed by the Blue Mountains Women's Shed with support from Central Blue Mountains Men's Shed. Huxley is in charge of the box of books donated by Blue Mountains City Library to keep kids in the area, from 0-12, happy with books to borrow!

  • Kids Street Library at Winmalee

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    02 Feb 2021
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    The first of the Kids Street Libraries was recently installed at Rainbow Preschool, 53 Singles Road, Winmalee.

    An auspicious date for the Centre which was celebrating 25 years of operation. The owner Joan Murray has always been passionate about kids, books and reading with books, not technology, “You can’t cuddle technology like you can a child and a story book” says Joan.

    The book supply for the Kids Libraries to cover all ages up to 12 years have been lovingly packed by Blue Mountains Library staff.

    Peter Pugeja, John Crichton and Andrew Jamieson from the Central Blue Mountains shed installed the Library (fist image below) and Sherlie Lewis and Karen Stevenson from the Women's Shed completed the last of the installation (middle image below).

    The artwork, designed by children Neva from Wentworth Falls and Elijah from Blackheath, was painted by Karen, Rachel and Maude from the Women’s Shed (last image below).

    Finally Iszaack and Jermiah who found this location for us was there to help us celebrate. The brothers selected the Preschool from good personal experience.

    I don't go to Rainbow Preschool any more but I think it would be the perfect place for a street library because preschool kids and their big brothers like me could easily use it every time we went to the preschool for a drop off or pickup. Mums and Dads would like it too and Mrs Murray would be excellent at looking after it. She loves books. Also lots of people drive along Singles Ridge Road and they could stop by too they said.

  • Kids Street Library at Hawkesbury Heights!

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    24 Dec 2020
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    We are so grateful for the kids and community who have helped us find great locations all over the Blue Mountains including at 14 Roberts Parade Hawkesbury Heights.
    Local resident and Grandmother Nafiya Mind suggested her place would be ideal because " Hawkesbury Heights is a very small community with lots of kids who walk and ride bikes around with their parents" . The Library is now stocked with books and ready for visits from local kids!
    Thanks to John and Mark (pictured) from the Central Blue Mountains Shed who helped install .

  • Kids Street Library comes to Wentworth Falls

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    24 Dec 2020
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    A Kids Street Library is now available for use for kids 0-12 at 25 Shortland Street Wentworth Falls. Neva Stockwell door knocked her neighborhood to find the perfect site that would be suitable and safe for kids to get to. Many thanks to the owner of the property, Louise Beckett who was happy to support the local kids accessing books! Neva also indicated that now the Street Library was installed that she would letterbox the Neighbourhood to make sure everyone knew! Thanks Neva! An emerging community leader!
    Neva and her sister Peri were keen to stock the Library with the books kindly provided by Blue Mountains City Library and will ensure that the Library stays full with a good supply of books! Local kids Cameron, Raiden and Tylah came to celebrate the new Library with Neva and her sister Peri.