A  LOVE for reading and the need to share it with others is proving a great neighbourhood story for residents at Kilbenny St, Kellyville.

Nina Martelli and her six children are sharing their love for reading with their neighbourhood through the unique Street Library concept which allows people to borrow books for free.

Ms Martelli became interested in the Street Library — which began in the USA — because she wanted to share the love of reading with her community.

Ms Martelli, a volunteer with the local Salvation Army branch, then built her own weatherproof book shelf and started the project with 20 titles.

“The idea is to help yourself to the books and people can return them or add to the collection,” Ms Martelli told the Times.

“We have 100 units in the street and I think not many in the community can afford books.

“My family loves to read and lots of people love the street library and send me notes of appreciation.


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