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How coincidental it is when one has an idea that is the same as someone else on the other side of the world ’cause that’s  kind of what happened to me just recently!

A few weeks ago, I noticed a post on FaceBook by the NYOR team promoting a Swap Box which had been established by someone or some organization somewhere in Australia.  Regrettably I didn’t jot down the name of the person behind the idea.  I did however keep a picture of it to share with my colleagues in our school library.   The picture I saved was this:

Needless to say ….. it didn’t take too long to create a very similar box which now sits on display on our circulation desk.  Filled with a starter bundle of books which library staff cobbled together, the Swap Box has been a source of interest since and is a really great way to promote an interest in that wonderful feeling of holding, reading and owning a book!

Soon after getting our box up and running, someone sent me a link to a newly established website: “Little Free Library”.  Begun just a short while ago, these pop up libraries, first begun in Wisconsin in the USA, can be found in more than 40 states across the US as well as in 20+ countries around the world.  Found predominantly decorating the front yards of homes or residential neighbourhoods, the Little Free Library looks like a box on a short post, much like a letter box.  With the motto “Give a book ….. Return a book” the Little Free Library is a new way of inspiring and promoting a love of reading while building a sense of community.

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