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Little Libraries Bringing Departments Together


19 September 2019

The Little Free Library is the world's largest book-sharing movement. It's a non-profit organisation that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering book exchanges.

Box Hill Institute will soon have its own Little Free Library - thanks to our cabinet making students.

Information Services Librarian, Jill Perkins, had the idea to create a Little Free Library exchange and spoke to cabinet making teacher, Ross Barden about it.

Seizing the opportunity to create a unique project for his students, Ross put the idea out there and students Bianca, Michael and Jack stepped up to the challenge. Using what they learned in their cabinet-making class, they designed, drafted, cut and put together their projects as a part of computer numerical control training. The projects will be donated to the library when completed.

Ross recently surprised Jill with the designs in progress and Jill couldn't believe her idea was coming to fruition.

The official launch is still a little while off students and staff can start to think about the types of books they may want to contribute to the Free Little Library.

This simple collaboration between the two departments truly encapsulates our strategic theme of Leveraging Our Resources.