PRINTS CHARMING: Warwick first in community street library
A VIBRANT addition to a Warwick street is more than just pleasing to the eye - it's the Rose City's first ever street library.
Made by book lover Rachel Rohde, the Campbell Rd bookshelf is open for the community to pick up a good read, or even leave one of their favourites for someone else to enjoy.
"Books are made to be read and shared, not sit on shelves and collect dust,” Mrs Rohde said.
"I have heaps of books in storage that I think the community can really enjoy.”
Registering with Street Library, Mrs Rohde set up her stand on the weekend which has already had people reading.
"I've had a neighbour tell me she has some books to swap and the mailman has had a look through,” the book lover said.
"It's not hard to register so hopefully this encourages more people to join.”
Only moving to Warwick a year ago Mrs Rohde hopes this project can inspire the community.
"I hope it opens a conversation about reading or even recycling, I only like to read a book once and then the book will be left on the shelf,” she said.
Street Libraries are designed for sharing in the community. Books can be picked up and dropped off without the need to check them in our out.
"At the moment it's just novels, but I want to put in children books. I want things in their that will appeal to everyone,” Mrs Rohde said.
"It would be great for the children to get involved and even the schools, this can help out a lot of underprivileged families.”
The roadside bookshelf encourages literacy and community sharing. There are more than 700 Street Libraries registered in Australia.