Big Results from Little Book Swap

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A LITTLE library is having a big impact on the community that uses Darlington Children’s Centre. Attended by up to 250 children and adults each week, the centre was one of 10 recipients of “mini libraries” of 350 books through the Little Big Book Swap program last year. Schools and community groups can run book swap events at any time of year, where participants bring a preloved book to exchange and make a gold coin donation. The proceeds are pooled towards funding the libraries for vulnerable communities.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for our centre,” Darlington’s community development co-ordinator, Deb Higgins, said. “The biggest difference I’ve found it’s made for our families is availability, and the opportunity to have really high quality books in their home. “The books are available to our preschool and community families. We also use them for our parenting group and our multicultural women’s group and their children.” Centre director David Coulter said the mini library had “added such a depth to our community play space”. “We have groups on Saturday so dads can be involved too,” he said.

Children’s and community centres at Parafield Gardens, Enfield, Balaklava and Mt Gambier were among other beneficiaries last year. 

The program is an initiative of Raising Literacy Australia. To register an event, visit thelittlebigbookclub. com.au/bookswap.

Source: 
The Advertiser
Author: 
Tim Williams
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