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…

EPIC! Proves to be an EPIC success

Way back at the end of 2014 when The Footpath Library Founder Sarah Garnett and I sat down to discuss the next EPIC! writing competition, the only thing we knew for sure that kids everywhere love stories. So providing Australian school children the opportunity to write a short story and win prizes had to be…

Making a Dashing difference

Dashing Print has been assisting The Footpath Library for the last five years, providing free printing of all The Footpath Library marketing materials. Russell Kavnat took some time out from his busy role as both Managing Director and Sales Director to share his views on how providing books to the homeless community has the power…

Promising academic after being homeless for 10 years

After experiencing homelessness for 10 years, Grahame discovered The Footpath Library and rediscovered her love of reading. She shares her story about how The Footpath Library opened a new world of opportunities through the gifts of books. If you would like to help us help more people like Grahame, please consider donating. By donating $20 you…

Why reading is a universal right

Meredith Jaffe has generously been donating her time to coordinate our Ambassador Program for nearly three years. She says that it’s very important for us as a library to have writers as our Ambassadors as they are uniquely placed to understand the power of books to transform our lives. Meredith also gave her take on…

David Whish-Wilson shares his satirical taste in books

While I’m a crime writer by trade, most of my favourite books are what might be called satirical epics. In particular, I love Cervantes’ Don Quixote, one of the most amazing novels ever written (and the first, as I understand it.) I also love Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, for the same reason I love Don Quixote. Like all…