Free libraries encourage reading

WODONGA residents should be on the lookout for free pop-up libraries appearing in the city.

The Little Free Libraries project launched yesterday aims to get young people interesting in reading.

The concept will involve three weatherproof installations, each with a small number of books, placed around the city.

Operating under a “take a book, return a book” policy, members of the public can freely borrow and exchange books, using the structures as a depository.

Artists Michael Laubli, Vicki Luke and Ken Raff were commissioned to create the libraries.

Mrs Luke created a steam punk-styled chair for the project.

She said she wanted her creation to be a peaceful place for reading.

“My idea was to produce a quiet space where you can read a book and go into a different world,” she said.

She said the concept represented “the spirit of the community”, and was a great way to interest young people in reading.

Mr Laubli, who created a rocket-shaped library, said he aimed to make reading fun and appealing to young people.

He used recycled gas cylinders, mostly sourced from the Wodonga Transfer Station.

Ken Raff’s wooden structure was inspired by the idea of “home”.

“A home is about relationships between those within it and the things contained in it,” he said.

“With the books we select — through curiosity, want and need — our world is expanded and hopefully enriched.”

For more information on locations of the Free Little Libraries, visit

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