The name Thomas Roseby Lodge has been popping up all over the place recently. Not only did the folks at this residential aged care facility in  Marrickville, NSW, submit an application for some assistance to facilitate a Street Library revamp, they also recently re-launched their Street Library with a community celebration and shared their story with the Breakfast program on ABC Radio Sydney.

Imagine our surprise to see their name pop up in the NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard from September 14!

The Hon. Jo Haylen, MP, representing her constituents in Summer Hill, showered the Uniting Thomas Roseby Lodge Marrickville  with praise:

“Thomas Roseby Lodge is located in the heart of my Summer Hill electorate in vibrant Marrickville and has 41 residents. It is vitally important for residents in aged care to remain connected to people and interests that give meaning and purpose to their lives. This Street Library is just such an opportunity – a chance to share their love of books and to involve and establish connections between themselves and their neighbours.”

“Street libraries have grown in popularity in recent years as they are simple yet wonderful ways we can all enjoy reading, share with our neighbours and support community connection. I encourage everyone to bring along a book and share in the joy of reading across generations. Congratulations Thomas Roseby Lodge.”

Like Jo, we are grateful to the residents and staff of Uniting Thomas Roseby for their commitment to their community and to literacy.

Thank you Thomas Roseby Lodge, and thank you Jo Haylen for recognising the value of Street Libraries!






A blue Street Library in Tuross Heads, NSW.
The new Thomas Roseby Lodge Street Library