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Little Libraries attract big crowd

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August 17, 2017

Corowa High School students Natalie Miller, 15, Stephanie Miller, 15, lead artist Vicki Luke and Corowa High School art teacher Michele Stewart at the launch of the Little Libraries.

More than 60 preschool and primary school children have visited the Little Libraries on display at Corowa Art Space over the past week and have voted on their favourite design.

Well-known regional artist Vicki Luke worked closely with 19 Corowa High School students over eight weeks to produce the Little Libraries, which involved transforming 10 bookcases into ‘little libraries’.

The bookcases were decorated under the guidance of Vicki and Corowa High School art teacher Michele Stewart.

The first phase of the project was having members of the Corowa Community Garden Men’s Shed build the bookshelf shells which are on wheels.

The second step involved turning the bookshelves into themed works of art, designed to inspire a love of reading and literature in school-aged children.

Each Little Library houses a range of children’s books, which children will be encouraged to borrow and read, to promote a love of literature and reading.

Preschool and Primary School children from Corowa, Howling and St Mary’s have already visited the Little Libraries, which will later be distributed across the council area.

“It’s really such a generous and beautiful project,” Vicki said.

“The students have been a delight to work with and very co-operative.”

“It got everyone involved thinking about their designs and thinking about what young children would like to see on the bookcases to encourage them to take a closer look.

“Each library is different and there’s a unique idea and a little surprise in each one, which children will love discovering.”

Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden said the Little Libraries project was a fantastic initiative and a credit to all involved.

“It is fantastic to see community groups and high school students partnering together for the benefit of our pre-schoolers,” Mr Eden said.

“These Little Libraries will be a great addition to venues throughout our communities and I am looking forward to seeing the housing of the libraries come to fruition.”

People are encouraged to visit Art Space and vote for their favourite Little Library before August 25, which will gain the winning artist special recognition.

The “people’s choice” winner will be announced after the exhibition closes on August 26.

Following the exhibition, Intereach Community Hub will manage the roll out of the Little Libraries across the council area.

Amber Murphy and Martin Clarke from Intereach will be involved in taking the project out to the community.

Amber said it was an exciting stage when young people would be able to use the libraries and discover all the hidden treasures in the works of art.

The Little Libraries project is supported by NSW Arts and Country Art Support Program.

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