Woodworkers needed for Katanning book-sharing library

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A new book-sharing initiative is coming to Katanning with the Shire on the lookout for local woodworkers to help build Free Wee Libraries for residents.

The global project was first seen in Ireland in 2013 and involves the installation of small wooden boxes in public spaces across town which are stocked with free second-hand books to read and exchange.

The libraries are open to anyone to donate or borrow from in a bid to boost community literacy and connect neighbours.

Shire of Katanning president Liz Guidera said access to the libraries across Katanning would allow residents to read and exchange books outside of library times.

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“Reading is a wonderful pastime when we are staying at home and will be even more popular in the winter months ahead,” she said.

Ms Guidera said the Shire had put out a call for locals to lend their woodworking skills to help build the first run of mini library boxes.

“It’s an opportunity for people to be creative and make something that will be enjoyed by the community even after COVID-19 has run its course,” she said.

Ms Guidera said volunteer woodworkers would be supplied their materials and she encouraged as many people as possible to jump on board.

“We will see how many people are keen to be involved, this is another fabulous initiative of our Community Development team — lots of creative community ideas coming through to lighten everyone’s lives,” she said.

Anyone interested in making a Free Wee Library can call Tegan at the Katanning Public Library on 9821 4300.

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