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Hordern House Rare Books

Hordern House Rare Books

This alluring and mysterious emporium trades in antique books and curiosities from Australia’s pre-federation history. Its treasures span the entire second floor of a converted Surry Hills warehouse, and – if you’ve got an appointment – you can sit in its grand...

4 ways to read more books this year

4 ways to read more books this year

BY HERBERT LUI4 MINUTE READ If you’ve decided to read more, you’re not alone. According to Statista in 2018, 23% of respondents resolved to read more in the new year. Yet reading surged in the early days of the pandemic, with 41% of respondents reporting reading more...

Q & A with Nick Earls

Q & A with Nick Earls

Meet Nick Earls, author of 27 books for adults, teenagers and children. Two of his books have been adapted into feature films, and five into stage plays. His most recent work is the award-winning novella series Wisdom Tree, described in the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘a...

Bieb Hunters of Amsterdam

Bieb Hunters of Amsterdam

  Travel to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), famous for canals, beautiful houses, 'coffee' shops, and now Minibiebs. 'Minibieb' is the Dutch version of a 'Street Library’'. The noun 'bieb' is a colloquialism for 'bibliotheek' ('library') and is the default in spoken...

Explore Guilford Young College

Explore Guilford Young College

Guilford Young College – Street Libraries Australia   Over the past two years, students of Guilford Young College in Hobart (TAS) undertaking the Exploring Issues in Society (EIS) Year 11 course have gifted 14 Street Libraries to various community members and...

Blind Date with a Book at your Street Library.

Blind Date with a Book at your Street Library.

Looking for the perfect date but also want to just curl up on the couch and read a good book?Take a chance on a blind date with a book this Valentine’s Day  We’re calling for Street Librarians and neighbourhood book sharers to create a love buzz by wrapping up books...

Meet Alan and his grandkids

Meet Alan and his grandkids

This wonderful Street Library is called one fish blue fish, books at 55. Alan the Street Librarian shares his story with us. Our street is a short distance from The Kingsford Smith school serving years K- 10. Accordingly, we have a range of ages walking past our...

Australia just got its first kitchen library

Australia just got its first kitchen library

Keen cooks on a shoestring budget have long known that their local libraries offer a treasure trove of cookbooks. But sometimes they're short of the sophisticated suite of appliances needed to make the recipes they find - from blenders and dehydrators to slow cookers,...

Nancy Pearl’s Rule of 50 for dropping a bad book

Nancy Pearl’s Rule of 50 for dropping a bad book

I was raised in a family in which the dictum "Finish what you start" was the 11th commandment. This stricture was applied in almost every conceivable situation, whether it was eating my father's lovingly (I'm sure) prepared soft-boiled eggs for breakfast (yuck!, way...

Before the Internet, there was the 1960s Dial-a-Poem Hotline

Before the Internet, there was the 1960s Dial-a-Poem Hotline

On any given night in 1970, a teen somewhere in rural America could dial a number and hear the radical wisdom of Patti Smith, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Bourroughs – the list of poets was long, and painfully hip. One needed only the ten sacred digits of...

Santa’s Little Helper

Santa’s Little Helper

What better to give than the gift of reading this Christmas by Michaela Skilney It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. Covid-19 roared into town at the start of the year like an evil queen, ready to wreak havoc with the kind of ferocity...

Want to Feel Better? Stop Reading New Books.

Want to Feel Better? Stop Reading New Books.

It’s been a hard year, to say the least. I’m sure I don’t need to rehash the many ways in which the year has been hard, or the one way it has just recently gotten a little bit better, or the other … Source: Want to Feel Better? Stop Reading New Books.

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