Libraries launched

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Shepparton district Men’s Sheds have pulled together to build the community three street libraries to be launched this week.

The Greater Shepparton Community Leadership Program, in partnership with Mooroopna, Tatura and Murchison Men’s Sheds, has already unveiled two street libraries at KidsTown and Kialla Children’s Centre last week and is preparing for the third unveiling at Murchison Public Park and Gardens Reserve this week.

Program participant Bec White said she hoped the addition of the street libraries would teach children and adults to have a crack at reading.

‘‘We hope that people who have limited access to books come down to the street libraries and donate or swap and really use the space,’’ Ms White said.

Program participants agreed the destination of the street libraries was just as important when planning the project.

‘‘Even if you’re not using it as a destination to come and get the books, when you’re here utilising spaces like KidsTown... they’re obvious places that might trigger someone to access them that way, that stumble upon them and see what it’s got,’’ program participant Bella Ainsworth said.

Mooroopna Men’s Shed president Severin Duhring said it was a good project for the Men’s Shed to be a part of.

‘‘It not only promotes their project, but it also works in with KidsTown, which is a community thing,’’ Mr Duhring said.

‘‘It works in with people who want to get hold of a book, and it also helps us as an organisation with giving men something to do.’’