New street library opens on Ocean Drive, Bonny Hills

A street library has opened a new chapter for the community at Ocean Drive, Bonny Hills.

Bonny Hills resident Leanne Goggin established the library on her property with the help of local artists, neighbours and her family.

The library was given the green light thanks to a Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Port Macquarie Hastings Library Service initiative.

There was a special party on Friday, July 12 to officially open the library.

Leanne thanked artists Karen Cornish and Lisa Manton for helping to design and paint the library's artwork. She said she was grateful for Theo van der Veen's efforts as he helped to erect the library's structure.

A giveaway of 10 street library kits attracted 48 applications with judging based on the application quality and the geographic location.

There were five successful applicants in Port Macquarie, one in Kendall, two in Wauchope, one in Lake Cathie and one in Bonny Hills.

They each received a free street library kit.

The new street library locations are at 24 Mill Hill, 4 The Summit, 20 Hillcrest Avenue and 4 Wayfield Way in Port Macquarie; 85 Riverside Drive on Port Macquarie's North Shore; 63 Abel Tasman Drive in Lake Cathie; 996 Ocean Drive in Bonny Hills; 29 Graham Street in Kendall; 24 Azalea Avenue, Wauchope, and 3 Riverbreeze Drive at TG's Child Care Riverbreeze Campus in Wauchope.

Most of the new street libraries are up and running.

Street libraries are homes for books placed in front yards. They invite neighbours to share the joys of reading and connect members of the community.

For more information, to establish your own library or find one close to you please visit the website streetlibrary.org.au

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