We are a small community most of our services are a good half hour drive away, so we saw this as an opportunity to help the locals. Being the only preschool in the area it was also a fun way for the children to build strong relationships with the local community.
Reading is such an important part of our curriculum here at Gwandalan Preschool, anything we can do to encourage the benefits of literature we are only to happy to pursue. We are constantly looking for ways to involve the community within our service. Our Street Library will not only bring the pleasure of reading to the families of our centre but also to the local community as a whole.
The children helped with the whole process of our library from building, to decorating and then naming. We decided to follow the lead of the original owners of the land our centre is built on, The Darkinjung Tribe, and named our Library The “Gwandalan” which means “peace” or “rest” in traditional indigenous culture.