New street library

February 14, 2018

Berrigan Men's Shed member Ian Dickins and Berrigan librarian Anne Nevins at the Free Street Library.

A ‘Free Street Library’ has been started outside the Berrigan Caravan Park.

Set up by Berrigan Library Service and Berrigan Men’s Shed, the Free Street Library encourages locals to ‘take a book’ and ‘give a book’.

Berrigan librarian Anne Nevins said it’s a wonderful initiative.

‘‘The Free Street Library has been happening across the world for a while now and we thought that this one would be a little community incentive,’’ she said.

‘‘We have some old books that we needed to get rid of, so rather than throwing them out we thought this would work better.

‘‘We asked the Men’s Shed to build us something and they found an old mini bar fridge (to house the books). It’s an honesty system and not a way to dump books,’’ Mrs Nevins said.

A similar system has been running at Tocumwal Town Beach since December 2017.

Tocumwal based Berrigan Shire councillor Ross Bodey said it’s encouraging to see Berrigan install its own version.

‘‘The system we have at Tocumwal Town Beach works really well. Many campers love reading books and magazines so this way they can pass them on.’’

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