So where are we up too in my quest to have a Little Street Library installed in my local parkland?
I thought the concept of the Little Street Library intriguing as soon as I saw my first one perched high on a hill in the front yard of a house in suburban Bundaberg, Queensland. Nothing outstanding about the position nor the property where it was housed. It was purely the idea of neighbours sharing books and being neighbourly that appealed.
Look, we are never going to return to the days of our grandparents where neighbours met across the fence for a chat, shared cups of sugar or tea, or even as my parents did, exchanged a bunch of home grown spinach here for a bag of fresh lemons there. It wasn’t all that long ago when a carton of eggs from the back yard chickens was good currency, was it?
Having recently relocated to a newer area with a much younger vibe, where more people walk their dogs on a daily basis, ride bikes, and take toddlers to wear out on the playground equipment, I find myself saying “ Good’ay” to so many more people these days. Just exchanging greetings on the street as we pass. Nothing nefarious.
My local Councillor is on board. Loved the idea, and has been hugely helpful.
0. Believes construction will be paid for by Council.
0. Believes the local Men’s Group will build as a Community project
0. Believes the local Rotary Club will be a source for books for the start up of project.
These are all absolute WINS, especially since my original idea of having a Little Library installed in my own front yard at my own expense was was kyboshed on the basis that I live in a cul-de-sac with minimal passing traffic.
Where to next?
Small unforeseen problem:
The local reserve that I suggested is on a road that is the bloodline from one end of my subdivision to the other. The parkland itself is expansive with the playground area in one corner surrounded by designated resting areas and toilet facilities, making it a great area for mums and dads to meet and watch over their brood. The parking facilities are a haven for tradies having a break before their next task, and walkers and nature lovers glory in the walking tracks through bush land and along the flowing waterways.
It is also a haven for nesting bird life and with Spring well and truly upon us the Council has had to erect signs warning people to be aware of swooping birds. Yes, the magpies and plovers are vigilant when it comes to watching over their nests and their have been reported attacks to humans. Some ugly, such as eye injuries.
On a personal note I am a firm believer in talking to these birds as I walk in their territory, letting them know I am a friend and not a foe. I’ve never been swooped. My daughter however, finds such a situation very Hitcockesque and I have witnessed her being targeted. That too is ugly.
No, the bird life will not be removed. Who would want that ? Sharing our space with koalas, wallabies, and birds is part of the reason we live where we live.
Now having to rethink the location of the Little Street Library.