A Street Library popped up in Beeston during the coronavirus lockdown.
Located on Glebe Street, the little red box filled with books was originally intended to be a house for nesting owls but it has been re-purposed as a Street Library.
During lockdown, all public libraries were closed in the UK, so this street library was a great and innovative way to provide free reading materials to the local community.
Street Libraries are a beautiful home for books, planted in your front yard. They are accessible from the street, and are an invitation to share the joys of reading with your neighbours.
Street Libraries are a window into the mind of a community; books come and go; no-one needs to check them in or out. People can simply reach in and take what interests them; when they are done, they can return them to the Street Library network, or pass them on to friends.
If anyone has a book or two that they think others would enjoy, they can just pop it into any Street Library they happen to be walking past.
They are a symbol of trust and hope – a tiny vestibule of literary happiness.
Find out more about Street Libraries here: www.streetlibrary.org.au/