The 4122 Street Library in Mansfield is offering books on the most simple of premises: take one, bring it back – leave one, if you want to help. The best things in life are free and it is true that the simple things, too, are often the most soul-nourishing.
Without the fuss of 100 points of ID or parking at a major shopping centre, a street library shares a love of reading and books with the community, but it is also much more – it is a platform for the community to share books with one another.
The 4122 Street Library is located in Morialta Street (opposite Miandetta Street), Mansfield and you can visit the library in person or online via it’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/4122StreetLibrary/
The rules of the street library are easy – “come grab a book. Bring it back when you’re done. Leave a book if you want to help. That’s it 🙂 Until better housing is available for books, [the] box will be out from morning (aprox. 9:00) til sundown.”
The Street Library is part of a much bigger worldwide trend and these street libraries are popping up in neighbourhoods all over the world.
According to https://streetlibrary.org.au, a street library is “a beautiful home for books, planted in your front yard. They are accessible from the street, and are an invitation to share the joys of reading with your neighbours.
Street Libraries are a window into the mind of a community; books come and go; no-one needs to check them in or out. People can simply reach in and take what interests them; when they are done, they can return them to the Street Library network, or pass them on to friends.
If anyone has a book or two that they think others would enjoy, they can just pop it into any Street Library they happen to be walking past.
They are a symbol of trust and hope – a tiny vestibule of literary happiness.”
Bravo to the locals who have created this simple platform of sharing. In a digital age when everyone is too busy to be neighbourly or enjoy a good book, the 4122 street library has created an easy way to accomplish both.
If you need the inspiration to get reading, here are our top 10 reading quotes to get you motivated and moving down to Morialta Street, Mansfield.
1: “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison
2: “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
3: “We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” — Philip Pullman
4: “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” — Ernest Hemingway
5: “We read to know that we are not alone.” — C.S. Lewis
6: “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde
7: “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” — Confucius
8: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King
9: “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
and finally, 10: “Read! When your baby is finally down for the night, pick up a juicy book like Eat, Pray, Love or Pride and Prejudice or my personal favourite, Understanding Sleep Disorders: Narcolepsy and Apnea; A Clinical Study. Taking some time to read each night really taught me how to feign narcolepsy when my husband asked me what my “plan” was for taking down the Christmas tree.” — Tina Fey.
If you are in the market for other soul-nourishing things to do…check out or Veggie Gardening for Beginners to nourish your tummy as well as your soul.
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