National Children’s Book Week: August 20-26

Each year, across Australia, The Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together for Children’s Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature. This year’s theme is Australia! Story Country, so keep a look out and get involved in a book parade or activity near…

National Homeless Week: August 1-7

This month hosts National Homeless Week with the theme  #HomelessnessCounts – highlighting that the lives of people experiencing homelessness are important. It also relates to the upcoming ABS Census and the importance of people experiencing homelessness being included and identified correctly in the Census count. This data is important as it outlines the severity of…

TFL Connects with Clayton Utz

The annual Sydney Homeless Connect event took place for the seventh consecutive year at Sydney Town Hall last month. The 100%-volunteer-run not-for-profit connected hundreds of volunteers and service providers with people across New South Wales who are experiencing homelessness. Thanks to the help of Clayton Utz and some of our regular volunteers, TFL was able…

Epic! Comp Scores Epic Prizes

Entries for our Epic! short story competition are now open and we are excited to announce even more reasons to enter, with generous prizes courtesy of For Pity Sake Publishing. First prize for winners in Primary and Secondary categories: Samsung Galaxy Tablet, 16-gig wifi with a 32-gig Verbatim SDHC card Second prize for winners in Primary and…

Homeless, not phoneless

When Lisa Peterson became homeless, she spent months without a bed of her own. But her phone never left her sight. Driving across the country, couch-surfing and staying in crisis accommodations, Lisa would charge her phone at train stations and use free public Wi-Fi to stay connected. The idea of being “homeless with a smartphone”…

Youth homelessness + domestic violence

New figures have revealed that more than half of young people who access NSW youth homeless services are victims of domestic or family violence. According to homeless shelter Yfoundations, at many services numbers are closer to 80 per cent of 10 to 24-year-old clients. Yfoundations chief executive Michael Coffey said better targeted training, resources and…

Our new freight partner: TNT

TNT offers door-to-door shipping to more than 200 countries — connecting people and businesses all over the world. More than a freight company, their tagline ‘The People Network’ is testament to their business principle: to be a trustworthy, values-based company with a reputation for integrity, transparency and compliance. The Footpath Library is proud to announce…

In conversation with…Alex Johnson

Last month, TFL founder Sarah Garnett was interviewed for an ABC Radio National show on the history of the library. One of the participants was Alex Johnson, author of Improbable Libraries – the name speaks for itself! Sarah was so impressed with Johnson’s research and diverse selection of bookshelves and libraries that she decided to…

New year, new book by Sarah Garnett

If you are looking for some reading recommendations, I have handpicked 55 of my favourite books. As a book lover, this was a very difficult list to compile and naturally contains a lot of well-known classics, but I’ve tried to restrict my choices to books that I still emotionally connect with, either through laughter, tears,…

Common Ground slowly making ground in Tasmania

When Hobart took the risk of tackling homelessness in a brand new way – based on New York’s ‘Common Ground’ model – they knew they’d be under the spotlight. More than three years on, Treasurer Peter Gutwein has written to Auditor-General Mike Blake asking him to review the model and, more specifically, its cost. The…

Promise or Pay

  It sounds a lot scarier than it is! Promise or Pay is a fundraising website that inspires people to achieve their personal goals and, at the same time, raise much-needed donations for charity. Research shows the chance of achieving a goal increases 33% if it is shared with others and by 72% if money…

Branch News – February 2016

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to the outgoing volunteer managers who have dedicated countless hours to their roles. Fiona Crawford , Bernadette Franzoni, Sue Fraser, Suse King, Lucy Louca, Hoi Ng, Shayne Sidhu, Kathleen Smeaton and Natalie Young, TFL would not be where it is today without you…

Behind The Footpath Library

As the founder of nationwide The Footpath Library, Sarah Garnett has helped provide books to thousands of homeless Australians. But a job this big isn’t achieved alone. Today, we’d like to acquaint you with Sarah’s two right-hand women at Sydney HQ: operations manager Kattrin Gloeckler and administration assistant Sarah McDonald. Operations manager Kattrin Gloeckler has…