Eloise Esler, 7, is pretty tickled by the fact she's already had three "customers" to Owl's Book Box.
The Esler family, who recently moved to a new home at Tawonga South, set up a street library at the weekend to connect with neighbours they haven't met yet as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
The cheery yellow book box at their front gate is stocked with about 20 books and a few DVDs hand-picked by Eloise and her little sister Erin, 3.
The bubbly pair's top picks include The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (Eloise) and Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey (Erin).
After a Facebook post by mum Kylie, the girls were delighted to report movement at the end of the driveway with several books borrowed and replaced with new offerings already.
Kylie, a former Border Mail photographer, took up the library idea to inject fun into the current home learning environment while promoting literacy and community connection.
Street Library is a movement inviting neighbours to connect and share the joys of reading through a roadside book box - described as "a tiny vestibule of literary happiness".
There are currently about 2000 registered street libraries across Australia including at least four in the Albury-Wodonga region.
Kylie said while the local library was still open it was harder to access because you had to ring up and order ahead what you wanted.
In the meantime she is enjoying the time at home - "I'm a really good hermit" - including the online schooling for Eloise, who had a few ideas of her own about how her mum was going as a teacher.
"She can get a bit out of control some times but she's doing a very good job," Eloise said matter-of-factly.
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