by Isaac Irons
A local Street Library is up and running in Logan West thanks to the efforts of Dee Hudson and her husband. The library box, which is painted purple and green after the couple’s favourite colours, allows passer-by’s and community members to take and read from the lovely collection of available books.
Local resident Dee Hudson, who organised the creation of the Library, hopes it will help get the community excited about reading.
“We just want to encourage people to get into reading and give a little back to the community. It’s just to connect people in some small way.”
Locals can even add their own books to the collection if they wish.
“I’ve already had a couple of books put into the library and I’ve got a whole box here from friends. My main objective is for people to take a book and read it. But if people do want to donate to my street library, they are certainly welcome to.”
Dee created the library as a way of giving back to the community and sharing her passion for reading.
“I’ve always been a fairly regular community member, so I just really wanted it be something of my own that I could go with. It gives people an opportunity to come and have a look and see what we’ve got in there. Parents walking past with their young kids, or if there’s play groups around the place they can come and have a look at it.”
The idea of the library was inspired by the couple’s love of reading.
“My husband built it, and he got it ready really by accident in time for the 30th anniversary of when we met. We were both travelling at the time and had a book in our bag and found out we were reading the same book. So it’s kind of an iconic thing for us.”
Dee has recently begun sharing the street library on social media but says the important thing is just for people to come and read a book.
“I’m getting the word out there a little bit, but I’m happy for it to take off slowly, I’m not really concerned about how big it gets, or if it gets big. If I know that one person has taken one book, I’m ecstatic.”
If you’re looking to create your own street library, you can access the Street Library website and follow the steps outlined online.
“Some people even have their street libraries in trailers or old fridges. It’s doesn’t have to be a little box. Then you just need to pick a theme – mine’s called Sprinkle the Street Library, because I’d like to sprinkle friendship and the interest in reading throughout the community.”
The Sprinkle Street Library can be found at 166 Crest Road, Greenbank, down the road from Park Ridge State High School.
Dee Hudson is a West Logan resident that has lived in the area for the last 25 years. Her favourite book is Tully by Paulina Simons.