In 2018 a request came from the Aldinga Beach Children's Centre for a mini library to be installed in The Giving Garden, which is situated in a reserve adjacent to the Children's Centre and Aldinga Beach B-7 School. As a founding co-operating partner of the Giving Garden project, the Rotary Club of Seaford took ownership of this request.
The "Little Free Library" movement started in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin, USA, when Todd H. Bol designed and built the inaugural Little Free Library, a model of a one-room schoolhouse, at his home. It is estimated there are now 60,000 mini libraries across the globe in over 80 countries.
The Rotary Mini Library follows the well established pattern of "take a book, return a book", and gives book donors peace of mind that their pre-loved books are being appreciated rather than gathering dust.
One of the great aspects of Rotary is that every member brings their unique talents to the club. Our mini library was constructed by our own Rotarian and handy man extraordinaire Ray Goodall (right) with materials generously donated by Bunnings Seaford.
The mini library was painted in Rotary colours; gold and blue, and installed in the garden in March 2019. The club agreed to have signage made for the mini library, which was installed at a working bee in the garden in June 2019. Pictured above is Kerry from the Aldinga Beach Children's centre giving the mini library a clean and restocking it with new books which were donated by Rotarians.
Basic Education and Literacy is one of Rotary International's six areas of focus.