Our first ever staff member is employed!

Since 2007 The Footpath Library has operated solely on the energy and kindness of volunteers.  This week we enter a new and exciting era with the employment of our first staff member – General Manager Margaret Price.  Margaret has a wealth of management experience, most recently as General Manager for another charity.  Based in Sydney,…

Australia Day in the NSW Southern Tablelands

Once again Sarah was invited to be a 2013 Australia Day Ambassador and this year addressed citizenship awards ceremonies in Captain’s Flat and Braidwood, as well as attending as a guest in Bungendore, all towns in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.  Sarah’s address focused on the importance of family and how vital it is for…

Sarah talks to Richard Glover

On Friday  7th December Sarah spoke to Richard Glover in front of a live audience for ABC 702’s Celebrate special.  Author Kate Forsyth talked about her new novel  Bitter Greens and stayed on for the chat.  Kate has since offered to donate books she reviews as well as her own titles of course!  If you’d…

2013 NSW Australian of the Year Awards

Last week Sarah received a Finalist Award in the 2013 NSW Australian of the Year Awards, Local Hero Category.  Held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Sarah received her award from Premier Barry O’Farrell and was thrilled to meet fellow finalists Dr. Anita Heiss, Dr. Steve Flecknoe-Brown and winner Shane Phillips.  The Footpath…

Knitting and Non-Fiction

Thank you all for the overwhelming quantity of knitted goods received in Sydney for this winter—we have more than enough to see out the chilly weeks ahead and into next year in fact. On the book front, we do need non-fiction titles in Sydney—excellent quality only please in history, biographies, self help, simple cookbooks, parenting,…

We love Australia Post!

The wonderful folk at Australia Post answered our call for National Geographic magazines by asking Nat Geog if the “Return to Sender” mags they were recycling every month could be donated to us. Today, thanks to their combined efforts, we collected our first instalment of 500 brand new recent edition magazines. Since National Geographics are…

Positively Remarkable Women exhibition

On Saturday 26th May a photography exhibition entitled Positively Remarkable Women will be on show at Women’s College, Sydney University from 4-6pm.  Diana McDonald has taken portraits of 50 women she deems “positively remarkable” and the exhibition includes Footpath Library Founder, Sarah Garnett.  Anyone can attend but please register by emailing positivelyremarkable@gmail.com

Volunteers needed in Melbourne!

The Melbourne Branch of The Footpath Library is currently seeking volunteers to help pack and unpack boxes of books at our Flemington warehouse on Sunday mornings. This work involves some heavy lifting. For more information please email lucy@footpathlibrary.org

Help us get new books from Text Publishing!

Melbourne-based independent company Text Publishing are one of the many great publishers who regularly donate brand new books to The Footpath Library. Text represent a great range of authors including Helen Garner, Tim Flannery, Peter Temple, Kate Holden, John Marsden, Jessica Rudd, Garry Disher, Toni Jordan, Shane Maloney, Yann Martel, Kate Grenville and even Barack…

Channel 7 News Sydney

If you are responding to the story on 7 News tonight and would like to know how to help, please contact the relevant Sydney Manager through the links above.  If you missed it, you can check it out here.

We are a finalist in the National Homelessness Services Awards!

Some fantastic and humbling news: We’ve been named finalists in the National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards for ‘Excellence or Innovation in partnerships in delivery services’ in awards category 4. We’re thrilled that our relationships with our wonderful sponsors has been recognised. Update: We made it to the final three of 130, but didn’t win. We…