The word on the street is that reading is cool at Nuwarra Public School with the introduction of two Street Libraries and Buddy Benches in the playground.
Two new brightly decorated Street Libraries and Buddy Benches have been installed at Nuwarra Public School in 2016 – one set in the K-2 playground and the other in the 3-6 playground. An initiative of the Nuwarra P&C Committee, the Street Libraries and Buddy Benches are designed to encourage the joy of reading and create an inclusive playground environment.
Donated books will be placed in each Street Library for students to take and read during break times. It is designed to be an informal and easy borrowing system as books don’t need to be checked in or out. Children will simply be encouraged to take a book that interests them and then return it when finished.
A Design Competition was held within the school community to create the artwork for each of the boxes. The winners and their classes then painted the Street Libraries in their own colourful and unique designs. I think we can all agree that they both look fantastic!
In conjunction with the Street Libraries, Nuwarra Public School has installed brightly painted Buddy Benches which are somewhere for children to go who may be feeling lonely, upset or isolated in the playground. When teachers or other pupils notice someone on the bench they can check if they are okay or invite them to play with them. The Buddy Bench is designed to reduce feelings of isolation and promote empathy and friendships in the playground.
The Nuwarra Street Libraries are for use by the Nuwarra school community and are not accessible by the general public.