People of Street Library

The People Behind the Scenes

We really consider every single librarian who cares for a Street Library as part of our team, but obviously it would not work to list them all here (our World Map is the best place to find them). There is, however, a small group of folks “behind the scenes” who got this concept and organization rolling and are working hard to support the growth and health of the worldwide network. They include:

Contributors

These are the people who are helping get us up and running.

nic lowe
Hassler and Pusher, Chairman of the Board, Iggy Pop Enthusiast.

nic lowe

Nic discovered street libraries in Portland, and then found out it was a global movement led by the great folks at Little Free Libraries. His role is currently chief hassler and annoyer, which basically means he tries to make stuff happen quickly.

Placemaker and Librarian, Treasurer of the Board

Kylie started a street library in Oxford street some years ago, and loves creative urbanism. Her first library (she has many!) has been used as a secret rendezvous point for book lovers all through Paddington in Sydneys east.

Hacker, Bike Rider, Sometimes Reader

Dan confesses he doesn’t read that many books. In fact, the last book he read was “The Genome: An Autobiography of the Species” which was, in fact, an audio book. We’re not sure if this counts, but if it does, he’s the audio-equivalent of a speed reader – he claims to listen at 3X speed.

Dan, grab a book, lie on the couch and slow down….

Teacher, RugRat Wrangler, Reader

Rachel teaches Year One kids at Stanmore Public School.

Simply put, she loves to teach kids how to read – and how to love books.

Barbara Gordon, Librarian Vigilante

Gena has a very important role in Street Library – her secret identity is Barbara Gordon (otherwise known as Batgirl, a famous librarian vigilante). She looks after our closed facebook group and helps us keep on top of our communications.

She also curates the new libraries submitted to make sure they’re suitable for publication, and is a librarian herself  – with 2 street libraries!!

Secretary of the Board, Hipster Elf

Jon is a board member, enthusiast and a great proponent of Street Libraries. He’s well known for his tenacity and his secret facebook posts that get 1 million hits.

Jon has a Street Library he built himself outside his house – it’s getting on a bit, like him, but nothing a good coat of paint wouldn’t fix.

Board Member, Yacht Rock Enthusiast

Suzy is a entertainment lawyer but is really just a repressed crafts-person.

Her hobbies include scrap booking, making small talk with A-listers and helping small organisations (like us) get off the ground.

Lover of cookbooks, theatre, crime novels

Cecile has studied at the National Art School majoring in ceramics. Working at GoGet, Propco helping creative types with props for movie and television and bookkeeping at a catering company. Cecile is a chameleon ready to learn anything and everything.

Passionate about literacy, green mini coopers and is Nic's cousin

The Founders of Little Free Library (USA)

We owe a great intellectual debt to the founders of the Little Free Library movement in the USA. You can find out more about these fine folks at http://littlefreelibrary.org/

Co-Founder of Little Free Libraries (USA)

Besides being Co-founder of the Little Free Library movement (USA), Todd has had an extremely diverse career – he founded and served as president of Care-Forth, Inc.; was founder/CEO/ President of the Global Scholarship Alliance; was a global countertrade consultant, sales manager in corporate trade for 3M, and a public school teacher. Todd’s particular genius is in envisioning creative new models and approaches for business and community.

Co-Founder Little Free Libraries, USA

As Co-founder of LIttle Free Libraries (USA), Rick’s energy and expertise in marketing, communications and community development helped create a worldwide awareness for Little Free Libraries. Rick retired from his staff position with Little Free Library in April 2014, but continues to incorporate promotion of the Little Free Library mission wherever his travels take him. Rick served two decades an outreach program manager in Continuing Studies at the UW-Madison before retiring from his position 2013, and prior to that has either founded or served as executive with numerous local and international organizations.

Our Patrons

Our Patrons.

Thanks to our wonderful Patrons, who have put their name and reputation to our project and the simple idea of sharing books with neighbours and (once were) strangers.

“Anyone who has experienced the liberating power of language and the simple joy of discovering a new book will understand how precious a library is.  Any collection of books, great or small, public or private, is a treasure house, a story vault, a bulwark of civilisation.  I love the idea of Street Libraries.  It’s about ordinary people sharing pleasure, creating space for curiosity and keeping culture alive where it counts, on our streets and in our everyday lives.  I’m very pleased to be the Patron of Street Libraries Australia.” – Tim Winton

We’re honoured (and delighted) to have acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton as our patron. Tim has published more than 25 books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into 28 languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). Tim’s new book, The Shepherd’s Hut, will be published in 2018.

You can find Tim’s facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/timwintonauthor/

‘Suburban Boy’ Dave Warner gained national recognition as a musician-songwriter with the gold album MUG’S GAME. Indeed Bob Dylan declared Warner his favourite Australian songwriter.

Dave began writing novels in 1996 and was the recipient of the West Australian Premier’s Award for Fiction with his debut novel CITY OF LIGHT. 20016 saw his seventh crime novel, BEFORE IT BREAKS win the prestigious Ned Kelly Award for Best Australian Crime Fiction. A novel CLEAR TO THE HORIZON (Fremantle) will be published Nov 2017. He has also authored six non-fiction titles and a successful series of children’s novels, CHARLOTTE AND THE STARLET.

Dave has written for feature film, stage, television, radio and newspapers. His first feature movie CUT starring Kylie Minogue and Molly Ringwald sold worldwide. GARAGE DAYS, a co-write with director Alex Proyas (The Crow / Dark City) screened at Sundance and was followed by RESTRAINT (Stephen Moyer, Therese Palmer, Travis Fimmel). He also contributed to BLINKY BILL.

Dave’s television writing credits include tele- movie INXS Never Tear Us Apart, regular episodes of mainstream Australian primetime dramas WILD BOYS, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, RESCUE SPECIAL OPS, MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS.

We’re honoured to have this rock legend and writer as our Patron, and for his continued support for artistic creativity of all types.

You can find all out about Dave at his website, http://davewarner.com.au/

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