200 Would-be Street Librarians

Almost 200 Townsville residents have raised their hands in hopes of becoming their neighbourhoods’ next Street Librarian through a competition run by Townsville City Council.

Council received 193 applications for the competition, with 100 of those to receive a Street Library and training in how to manage it.

A Street Library is a collection of books made publicly available to a community due to its location. They are typically accessible from the street and invite people to share their love of reading by taking or leaving books as they please.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said she was thrilled with the response to the competition.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve had so many people sign up and show their interest in running their very own Street Library,” Cr Greaney said

“The number of people who have put their hands up to run a Street Library really goes to show just how community-minded Townsville is.”

She said being COVID-safe was a priority for Council throughout this competition.

“Council will be providing COVID-safe kits and training for our lucky winners. This will help them manage their Street Library in a COVID-safe way,” she said.

Council’s selection panel is now deliberating over the winners, with a focus on ensuring a good spread of Street Libraries across the city. Winners will be announced before the end of September.

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