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…

A Home for The Footpath Library

Our current ‘home’ is being re-let in June and for the past few months we have been searching for someone to donate office space to us. Unfortunately we’ve drawn a blank and this campaign is to help us secure a new temporary office while we look for new office space. Home for The Footpath Library…

We really ‘like’ our social media volunteer

Liz joined The Footpath Library almost a year ago and has helped transformed our social media presence with her digital marketing skills. She took some time out to explain how Facebook can help shine a light on homelessness in Australia. What attracted you to volunteer at The Footpath Library? I’ve always loved reading, and when…

How storage can impact the number of homeless people reading

Kennards Self Storage has been supporting The Footpath Library for years. They generously provide space in their storage centres for us to accumulate, store, sort and distribute our books in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. We sat down with Managing Director, Sam Kennard to learn about how the Kennards has taken The Footpath Library out of…

The floating library

What do you visualise of when you think of a library? Maybe your local library, a building you regularly go to in your community. It’s probably not a 85 foot boat! In Norway however this is the local library for many remote villages.  Traditionally, the sea has been the main mode of transport along the…

Homeless by Michael Bell

We wanted to share a touching poem by a little known poet, Michael Bell.   The rain was pouring, thunder in the distance Her tattered coat offered no resistance I saw her walking, soaking wet Filled with anger and regret   Cast aside from all she’s known Living in a cardboard home I had to…

The unexpected homeless

Older women in Australia are increasingly at risk of becoming homeless. Lack of superannuation savings, unaffordable housing, divorce and domestic violence all play key roles in this sad trend. Following strong anecdotal evidence that a growing group of people becoming homeless in Australia are women aged over 55 there was a clear need that research…

Give the joy of a book this Christmas

Children in homeless families are now the largest single group who seek support from the homeless service system. On a basic level, homelessness for children means missing out. Missing out on the things that other children take for granted such as a safe place to sleep every night, school excursions, regular nutritious meals and the…