Bunbury free street library still open for business

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Leah Sawkins with her street library.
Camera IconLeah Sawkins with her street library. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times/Ailish Delaney

Although libraries around the South West have closed, there is still one little pink library open to the public.

Leah’s Little Street Library was the brainchild of Usher resident Leah Sawkins and is a free collection of books for the community to read.

Ms Sawkins said she started her library about a month ago and said it was perfect timing now with everyone being stuck indoors.

When I was volunteering at the Christian book shop last year I was given all the second-hand books, so I pretty much had my whole library and then I put the idea out and people kept on donating books.

“I have got enough so I can keep on stocking the library.”

For those in self-isolation, Ms Sawkins said she was able to drop off books while she was out to keep them entertained at home.

“People in the neighbourhood come in dribs and drabs and I’ve got some people who come around regularly because they know I’ve got lots of books,” Ms Sawkins said.

My library is open all the time — I’ve heard people come by at night, so I know people come here whenever.

Ms Sawkins said she updated the library on Mondays and Thursdays and requested people kept the books rather than swapped them to reduce the spread of illness.

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