Newport Garden Community Street Library

51 Maddox Rd, Newport, Victoria 3015

A nature inspired mosaic library with an array of children’s books as well as adult fiction and non-fiction titles.

This street library is the work of our four-year-old kindergarten children over a number of weeks. What began with a discussion quickly became a design with a nature/wildlife theme. The children drew their ideas on paper before being drawn onto the library, using all sides and the roof.

We explored the colours we would need before purchasing the tiles and materials to turn our design into a mosaic. Smashing the tiles proved to be lots of fun as the children safely took turns at breaking the tiles with a hammer, of course under adult supervision and guidance.

The next step was to stick the tiles onto the library. As the drawings were there to guide the children it became like a colouring in experience with some problem solving as the children worked to find which tile piece would fit best, almost like a jig saw puzzle. This step was the most time consuming as we had to wait for the tiles to set. Finally, grout was added and the library given a clean to look sparkling new!

To celebrate the completion of the street library families we invited to attend its unveiling during an afternoon tea at the centre.

The street library now sits proudly by the entrance of our early learning centre and can often be found with children and families selecting books to read at home, supporting a love of books and literacy!

Located at:51 Maddox Rd, Newport, Victoria 3015

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