11 New Kids Street Libraries

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.

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